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Contact each location to confirm the listed event, for details, and for a full schedule.
Events are free with admission unless otherwise indicated.
Armstrong Garden Centers
Including Anaheim, Claremont, Costa Mesa, Glendora, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Canada-Flintridge, La Crescenta, Laguna Niguel, La Habra, Long Beach, Monrovia, Newport, Pasadena, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Thousand Oaks, Torrance, Tustin, Westchester.
Saturday, 10/5, 2-4pm, Fall Fest. 20% off your entire purchase of regular priced items, excluding sod, artificial turf, services, gift cards, sale items and is limited to quantities on hand. No rain checks.
Saturday, 10/5, 11am-4pm. Meet the Designer.
Saturday, 10/12, 9am. Fall Garden Veggies & Herbs. Nothing beats the flavor and convenience of harvesting vegetables from your garden or patio. Now is the time to plant spinach, kale, lettuces, broccoli and other cool-weather loving plants. Our local garden expert will teach you what veggies can be planted now and give you easy care tips for bountiful harvests in fall, winter and early spring.
Saturday, 10/19, 9am. Make & Take Succulent Pumpkin class. Make your own pumpkin filled with stunning succulents. Choose from a large pumpkin or three mini pumpkins. All supplies included. $50, 15 limit per class. Only at these stores: Long Beach, Pasadena, Torrance, San Juan Capistrano, Temecula, Costa Mesa, Claremont, Thousand Oaks, Del Mar, San Diego (Morena Blvd).
Saturday, 10/26, 9am. Carnivorous Plants. Learn about the world of carnivorous plants. These fun plants get most of their nutrients from trapping and consuming insects. This class is great for all ages!
California Native Plant Society – San Gabriel Mountains Chapter
Eaton Canyon Nature Center
1750 North Altadena Drive
(None for October)
California Native Plant Society – Los Angeles/Santa Monica Mountains Chapter
First United Methodist Church
1008 11th Street
Santa Monica 90403
Tuesday, 10/1, 7:30-9:30pm. Native Vegetation Recovery Following The Woolsey Fire with Mark Mendelsohn, National Park Service. ln 2019 the NPS Inventory & Monitoring team completed over 200 Terrestrial Native Vegetation Monitoring Plots in the Santa Monica Mountains and Simi Hills (SMM & SH), more than twice the number of plots monitored in a non-fire year. By the time of the presentation we hope to have analyzed our large dataset to make conclusions about the status of the vegetation communities following last year's fires.
California Native Plant Society – Los Angeles/Santa Monica Mountains Chapter
Sepulveda Garden Center
16633 Magnolia Blvd
Saturday & Sunday, 10/12 & 10/13, 10am-3pm. Native Plant Sale Weekend. We will continue with our expanded selection this year - with a focus on species that can survive in our hot and dry climate - there is a plant that can fill your garden's needs. Many native plants can survive quite well with natural rainfall once they get established. ltems for sale include perennial wild flowers, irises, mints, sages, berries, hummingbird and butterfly plants, shrubs, perennials, and trees. A diverse selection of wildflower seeds will be available for purchase. Also for sale are new and used natural history and native gardening books, activity books for children, field guides, and posters. Refreshment s and lunch will be available for purchase. During the sale, experienced CNPSers can assist you in selecting plants that are suitable for your garden! Proceeds from the plant sale help support the activities of the Los Angeles / Santa Monica Mountains chapter of CNPS. To volunteer for Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, please contact Snowdy at 818-782-9346 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, 10/13, 11am. Climate Reality: Regeneration of the Landscape by Shawn Maestretti and Leigh Adams. Shawn and Leigh focus on how nurturing living soil, capturing rainwater, sequestering carbon, and planting climate-appropriate plants for biodiversity are not just aspirational design practices, but real life solutions accessible to homeowners, garden enthusiasts, and landscape professionals alike.
California Rare Fruit Growers – South Bay Chapter
South Coast Botanic Garden
26300 Crenshaw Blvd
Palos Verdes Peninsula 90274
1560 East Santiago Canyon Road
10/12/19, 9:30am. Monthly Garden Share. Attendees bring
garden-related items such as plants, cuttings, pots, tools, produce,
etc., to trade. This is a great way to obtain new plants and meet
like-minded plant lovers. For more information, go to
https://www.facebook.com/groups/CoastkeeperGardenShare. Repeats second Saturdays.
1418 Descanso Drive
La Canada Flintridge 91011
Saturday & Sunday, 10/12 & 10/13, 9am-5pm. Japanese Garden Celebration. Celebrate Descanso’s Japanese Garden with Ikebana display (View examples of the art of flower arranging from the Sogetsu School of Ikebana, and Crafting (10am-1pm both days, create your own work of art inspired by the Japanese Garden.)
Wednesday through Sunday, 10/23 through 10/27, 6:30–10:30pm. Carved. Experience the ultimate in expert pumpkin carving of more than 75-100lb carved pumpkins, and 1000 smaller Jack O’Lanterns throughout the Main Lawn and Camellia Forest, guests will enjoy this brand new family-friendly, slightly spooky event. $25 members, $30 non-members. Advance tickets are required.
Saturday, 10/26, 1-2:30pm. Carved: Pumpkin Carving Workshop. Take your pumpkin carving up a level. Learn how to carve using basic stencils and tools. All materials and carving tools included with workshop fee. $30 members, $40 non-members. Advance registration required.
Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley
UCR Palm Desert
75-080 Frank Sinatra Drive
Palm Desert 92211
Saturday, 10/26, 8:30am-2pm. 14th Annual Desert Garden Community Day. Learn the what, why, where and how of growing native desert plants, citrus and veggies. FREE day of talks, workshops, clinics and plant sale. Kids activities. Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley, UCR Palm Desert, UCCE Desert Master Gardeners. For more information, contact email@example.com
Eaton Canyon Nature Center
1750 North Altadena Drive
Every Wednesday, and second Sunday, 10am. Eaton Canyon Gardening Group. Volunteers maintain the garden.
Saturday, 10/19, 9am-12noon, Nature Patio. Conservation Work Day. We will be weeding invasive plants to conserve habitat for the native species. Gloves, tools and a snack will be provided. Please bring your own drinking water, and wear clothing, footwear and sun protection appropriate for outdoor work. As a reminder, our volunteers under the age of 18 should bring along an adult. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org . Repeats third Saturdays.
El Dorado Nature Center
7550 E. Spring Street
Long Beach 90815
Check website for current listings.
1900 Associated Road
Saturday, 10/5, 8:15am. Forest Bathing. Take a walk with one of our certified docents and learn how to metaphorical bathe your senses in nature. Take the opportunity to slow down, tune in and rediscover the feeling of curiosity for the landscape around you. $25 members, $30 non-members.
Saturday, 10/12, 10am. Public Nature Tour. Meet at the Nature Center and join one of our knowledgeable docents as they guide you on a tour through the beautiful garden. $5 donation. Repeats on 2nd Saturdays.
Saturday, 10/19, 10 am. Composting with Worms! Learn how to introduce and maintain worms in your home composting system. $7 members, $10 non-members.
Saturday, 10/26, 10am. Public Nature Tour. Meet at the Nature Center and join one of our knowledgeable docents as they guide you on a tour through the beautiful garden. $5 donation. Repeats on 4th Saturdays.
Huntington Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino 91108
Every Saturday, 10am-1pm. Ranch Open House. Stop by The Huntington’s urban agriculture site during our weekly open house and pick up some fresh ideas for sustainable gardening. Experts from the University of California Los Angeles County Master Gardener program will be on hand to answer questions and offer seasonal tips. The half-acre Ranch Garden—part classroom and part research lab—draws inspiration from The Huntington’s agricultural heritage to explore optimal approaches to gardening in Southern California’s semi-arid climate. The mission of the Ranch is to reconnect people with their food in beautiful and livable ways, inspiring visitors to incorporate edibles into the landscape of their home gardens. Visit huntington.org/ranchgarden/ to learn more. From the Teaching Greenhouse, follow signs to the site. Repeats every Saturday.
Saturday, 10/5, 9-10am, Ahmanson room, Brody Botanical Center. Ranch Clinic: Fermentation Basics. Fermentation is a great way to preserve food, and it also supports digestive health, immune function, and general well-being. Join Master Gardener Pam Aitchison for an introduction to some of the most common fermentation methods, along with a discussion of how to make your own delicious pickles, yogurt, kombucha, sourdough starter, and more. A tour of the Ranch Garden follows the talk.
Saturdays & Sundays, 10/5, 10/6, 10/12, 10/13, 10am-4pm. Bonsai Academy.
Bonsai master Ted Matson leads an intensive four-session gakko, or
school, in the art of bonsai. Geared towards beginners, the sessions
explore the history of bonsai, basic tree botany and horticultural
challenges, design concepts and training techniques, and bonsai display.
All supplies and tools are provided, including demonstration trees for
classroom practice. $120 members, $135 non-members. Registration: www.huntington.org/calendar
Thursday, 10/10, 2:30pm, Ahmanson Classroom, Brody Botanical Center. Second Thursday Garden Talk & Sale. Super Natural: Plants Behaving Weirdly. Plants are usually perceived as passive organisms that serve human culture by being decorative or productive, but nature is rife with plants that defy this concept. Sandy Masuo, associate editor at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Garden, will give an entertaining talk about some wonderfully weird botanical “rebels” that survive by manipulating animals (including humans) for their own purposes. A plant sale follows the talk.
Friday through Sunday, 10/18 through 10/20, 10am-5pm, Brody Botanical Center. 5th Annual International Orchid Show and Sale. Discover the amazing diversity of orchids as hundreds of exotic blooms compete for honors and showcase lush displays by local and regional orchid societies and international growers; vendors will have a wide range of orchid plants and related merchandise for sale.
Saturday, 10/19, 9:30am-12:30pm. Huntington Harvesters Children’s Workshop. Join cooking instructor Felicie Borredon from Kids Cook Eat for a harvest of herbs and citrus in the gardens, then learn how to make fresh strawberry mint soup, mint tabbouleh, and lavender lemon cookies. Ages 7 and up. $35 members, $45 non-members (fee includes one child and one accompanying adult. Registration: www.huntington.org/calendar .
Saturday, 10/19, 10am-12noon. Flower Arranging: Succulent Pumpkins. Top a large white pumpkin with succulents, dried pods, and nuts to create a Thanksgiving centerpiece or distinctive hostess gift in this workshop presented by Flower Duet. The arrangement will last for months, and then the succulents can be planted in your garden. $85 members, $100 non-members. Registration: www.huntington.org/calendar .
Saturday, 10/19, 1-2:30pm. Succulent Mini-Pumpkins Children’s Workshop. Crafty kids can learn how to make fun holiday décor by topping miniature pumpkins with succulent plants in this workshop presented by Flower Duet. Ages 7 and up. $35 members, $45 non-members (fee includes one child and one accompanying adult. Registration: www.huntington.org/calendar .
Sunday, 10/20, 2:30pm, Rothenberg Hall. The Life and Times of Ethnobotanist Richard Schultes in the Amazon. Ethnobotanist Richard Evans Schultes (1915–2001) is regarded as one of the most important plant explorers of the 20th century, renowned for his field work in the Amazon studying how indigenous peoples used plants for medicinal, ritual, and practical purposes. In this presentation, noted ethnobotanist Mark Plotkin and cartographer Brian Hettler of the Amazon Conservation Team will discuss Schultes’ work and will share their new interactive map, based on the explorer’s journals, that tracks his Amazon travels and offers insights into his role in the development of the field of ethnobotany in the US. Explore the interactive map at www.amazonteam.org/maps/schultes .
Thursday, 10/24, 4:30-5:30pm, Auditorium, Brody Botanical Center. Botany Bay Series: Plant Science for Gardeners and Citizen Scientists. Explore the wonders of the plant world through discussion and hands-on lab time in this monthly series for “citizen scientists” led by Jim Folsom, the Telleen/Jorgensen Director of the Botanical Gardens. Attend one session or participate every month. No reservations required. Repeats 4th Thursdays.
J Paul Getty Museum – Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles 90049
Daily, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, Tour meeting place outside the museum entrance. 45-minute Garden Tours. The Central Garden, designed and conceived by artist Robert Irwin, is an evolving work of art, with tree-lined walkways through extraordinary sights, sounds, and scents. Repeats daily.
J Paul Getty Museum – Getty Villa
17985 Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Thursdays and Saturdays, 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 3:30pm, Tour meeting place outside the museum entrance. 40-minute Garden Tours. Discover the rich mythological and cultural connections of four ancient Roman gardens. Repeats Thursdays and Saturdays.
Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
301 North Baldwin Ave
Wednesday, 10/2, 1:30-3pm. Plant Information: Landscape Plants – Trees: Real Choices for the New Water Saving Paradigm with LA County Arboretum Plant Information Consultant Frank McDonough. Register online at www.arboretum.org/calendar . For questions, call the Education Department at 626-821-4623. Repeats First Wednesdays.
Sunday, 10/6, 3-5pm. Creating Symbiotic Cities with Kat Superfisky. Cities like Los Angeles are often mistaken for ecological wastelands, places that have been wiped clean of the true majestic magic of Mother Nature, and therefore fall on the far side of the spectrum from what is considered to be “natural.” Join Kat on an exploration into the urban wild of Los Angeles, where she will investigate how the multi-faceted concept of “urban ecology” can fundamentally restructure human’s perception and experience of the world around us and the impact we have on it. $25 members, $35 non-members. Register online at www.arboretum.org/calendar . For questions, call the Education Department at 626-821-4623.
Saturday, 10/12, 10am-4pm. Botany Bootcamp. Identify plants as if your life depended on It. This comprehensive and compacted session will introduce you to the terminology, concepts and structures you’ll need to know to identify plants by introducing you to the 7 most common plant families here at the Arboretum. This 5-hour 1 day class requires certain texts and a 10-20X illuminated hand loupe magnifier (available at minimal cost on Amazon.com). Please see http://laarboretumplantid.blogspot.com/ for additional information and texts. $65 members, $75 non-members. Register online at www.arboretum.org/calendar . For questions, call the Education Department at 626-821-4623.
Saturday, 10/12, 10am-11am. Trees of October Walking Tour with LA County Arboretum Plant Information Consultant Frank McDonough. Fall is the time for the World Series and for a series of beautiful flowering trees to bloom at the Arboretum. This all-star plant is our floss silk trees, Ceiba speciosa. Come and admire these beauties and learn about the four selections of floss silk trees introduced to Southern California and the United States by the Arboretum. Also find what other close relatives of the floss silk grow at the Arboretum and their fascinating history as both an old-world and new-world trees. For questions, call 626-821-3222.
Saturday & Sunday, 10/12 & 10/13, 9am-5pm. Ikenobo Ikebana Exhibit. For questions, call 626-821-3222.
Saturday. 10/19, 10am-12pm. Meadow Planting. Join the many who’ve enjoyed our continuously flowering meadow! Learn how easy it is to make such magic happen using native and compatible flowers from seed! We’ll make seed balls for everyone to enjoy and launch! Free but please register online at www.arboretum.org/calendar . For questions, call the Education Department at 626-821-4623.
Saturday, 10/26, 10am-12noon. Succulent Wreath Workshop. Succulent wreaths are fun to make and a beautiful addition to your home decor. During this hands-on class, you will make your own wreath, which will grow out into to a lush and lively centerpiece for any table. Space is limited. $45 members, $55 non-members. Register online at www.arboretum.org/calendar . For questions, call the Education Department at 626-821-4623.
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles
900 Exposition Blvd
Los Angeles 90007
Daily, 3:30pm, Nature Gardens, just outside Nature Lab and under the bridge. Nature Walk. Join us on a walk through the Nature Gardens to explore the amazing diversity of life that calls L.A. home.
Every Saturday and Sunday, 11am, Nature Gardens, just outside Nature Lab and under the bridge. Nature Gardens Exploration. Join us for a hands-on activity in our dynamic Nature Gardens.
Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch
6400 East Bixby Hill Road
Long Beach 90815
Rancho Los Cerritos
4600 Virginia Road
Long Beach 90807
Saturdays & Sundays, 1-5pm. Garden One-Hour Tours. Rancho Los Cerritos offers free one-hour garden tours for visitors. For details about all of our tours, visit http://www.rancholoscerritos.org/things-to-do-hub/tours/. Repeats every weekend.
Thursday, 10/10, 8-9:30am, meet in the lower parking lot at 8am sharp. Bird Walk. Stroll through the grounds of the historic Rancho and watch both resident birds and seasonal migrants. Participants will also listen to calls and songs and potentially observe other specific seasonal behaviors. Wear comfortable closed toed shoes and bring a hat and binoculars. Rain cancels. More details online at https://www.rancholoscerritos.org/upcoming-event/bird-walk-october-2019/ . For more information, please contact Horticulturist Marie Barnidge-McIntyre, 562-206-2040. Repeats 2nd Thursdays.
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
1500 North College Avenue
Saturday & Sunday, 10/19 & 10/20, 10am-4:30pm Saturday and 9am-4:30pm Sunday. Fall Plant Sale. Celebrate the seasonal opening of Grow Native Nursery! This is the perfect time for planting your native garden. Thousands of unusual and hard-to-find native and California-friendly plants will be available, most grown in our own nursery. The preliminary plant list will be posted two weeks before the sale. It will be updated frequently as we prep for the season, so be sure to check our website inventory often at https://www.rsabg.org/grow-native-nursery/inventory ! On Saturday, October 19, RSABG members are permitted to enter the sale at 8 am. Members of the Chino Basin Water Conservation District are permitted to enter at 9 am. Sponsored by the Chino Basin Water Conservation District.
Redlands Horticultural and Improvement Society
Church of the Nazarene
1307 E Citrus Avenue
Redlands, CA 92374
Frank Herendeen 909-793-3333
Saturday, 10/19, 9am-4pm, Prospect Park by the Carriage House. Fall Plant Sale. A large variety of plants of all sizes and types: cacti, some trees, pots, garden items, at really low prices. No vendors, just a big selection of plants that have been donated and propagated by the crew that works every Wednesday all year long potting and getting things ready for the plant sales.
San Diego Botanic Garden
230 Quail Gardens Drive
Encinitas CA 92024
Saturday & Sunday, 10/19 & 10/20, 10am-4pm; also Monday, 10/21, 9am-12noon. 37th Annual Fall Plant Sale. Come see the incredible deals on California natives, cacti, succulents, bromeliads, fruit trees and sub-tropical plants. Visit Botanic Attic for garden-related vintage items, and be sure to check out homemade goodies such as specialty jellies. Plant donations from local growers, wholesalers, retail nurseries and individuals make this one of the most interesting and diverse plant sales in all of San Diego County!
Saturday & Sunday, 10/26 & 10/27, 9am-5pm Saturday and 10am-3pm Sunday. Annual Palomar Cactus and Succulent Society Show and Sale. See spectacular succulent specimens from around the world – and add them to your collection. Check out award-winning show plants. Plants that both the novice and the collector will enjoy, as well as handmade ceramic pots, driftwood planters, and more unique items are all available. Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
1212 Mission Canyon Rd.
Santa Barbara 93105
Check website for listings.
Santa Barbara County Horticultural Society
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
909 N La Cumbre Road
Santa Barbara 93110
Check website for listings. Monthly meetings repeat first Wednesdays.
South Coast Botanic Garden
26300 Crenshaw Blvd
Palos Verdes Peninsula 90274
Saturday, 10/26, 9am-1pm. Master Gardener Series. A small, doable step we can take to solve community health problems is to plant edible gardens. Our foods are only as nutritious and healthy as we grow them. Research shows that eating more vegetables improves health, reduces obesity and cuts down on the risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes and cancer. Having a garden helps us improve our health, save on grocery bills and ensures fresh food on the table. Master Gardener Liza Go will show you how to rebuild and prepare soil, which veggies to plant at the right time and how to maintain a healthy environment for your garden and community. This class will be held outdoors, rain or shine. Wear gardening clothes and hats appropriate for the weather. $60 members, $75 non-members.
Southern California Horticultural Society
3201 Riverside Drive
Los Angeles CA 90027
Thursday, 10/10, 7-9pm. Turf Alternatives Panel discussion with Cassy Aoyagi, Ellen Mackey, Joel Lichtenwalter and moderator Wynne Wilson.
Theodore Payne Foundation
10459 Tuxford Street
Sun Valley 91352
Wednesday, 10/23, 12noon-6pm. Fall Preview Sale. Special early access to the widest array of plants for members at the Stakeholder level and above. Join at the door!
Thursday through Saturday, 10/24 through 10/26, 8:30am-4:30pm. Fall Plant Sale. Just in time for planting season! The region’s largest selection of California flora. Hundreds of easy-to-grow plants and collector’s items, including manzanitas, sages, and other fabulous natives with expert advice from TPF staff and volunteers. Look for many plants in large sizes, plus a wide array of native seed, bulbs, and TPF gear. Discounts for all on all three days.
Saturday, 10/12, 8:45am-3pm. Fire-Wise Garden Tour: Tujunga to Glendale. This timely, self-guided tour demonstrates how proper design and maintenance can help protect homes and landscapes in high-risk fire areas. The tour features private residences, a community-based public installation, and local fire stations. Registration includes all tour locations and two inspiring pre-tour talks, plus free educational materials. Addresses for tour locations will be emailed the day before the tour or provided at the morning talks: The Fire-safe Home with Ellen Mackey, Senior Ecologist and Sun Valley Resident; 10 Key Fire-wise Landscaping Strategies with Cassy Aoyagi, President, FormLA Landscaping. $12 members, $18 non-members. Register online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-fire-wise-garden-tour-tujunga-to-glendale-registration-70847598073
University of California Riverside Botanic Garden
900 University Avenue
Saturday, 10/19, 10am-4pm. Fall Garden Market & Plant Sale. Water-wide plants, vendors, vegetables, herbs and much more. Complimentary parking in UCR Lot 13 with shuttles between Lot 13 and the Gardens.
University of California South Coast Research & Extension Center
7601 Irvine Blvd
Saturday, 10/5 (also 11/2), 8am-3pm. A River of Empire: the Colorado, Orange County, and the Coastal Ocean. Join us for this two-part workshop using remote sensing & field investigations to examine the relationship between the Colorado river system and the management of water supplies in Orange County and consider how human choices intersect with natural systems in the coastal oceans. $45. Seating is limited. Pre-registration is required: Register online at http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=28099 .