June 2019

Submitted by Yvonne Savio
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, 6/1 & 6/2, 8am-7pm.  Butterfly Celebration.  Butterfly activity sheets for kids and a free butterfly plant guide. Free, but registration required at https://www.armstronggarden.com/event-calendar/event/eventview/id/147/

Saturday, 6/2, 9-10am.  Attracting Butterflies.  We can show you how to provide a garden habitat for pollinators. Bring your backyard to life: butterflies add beauty and usefulness to your growing garden.  Free, but registration required at https://www.armstronggarden.com/event-calendar/event/eventview/id/303/

Saturday, 6/15, 9-10am.  Rose Care.  Add beautiful blooms and wonderful fragrance with roses. Our local experts will teach you about the diversity of rose types from groundcover roses, roses ideal for cutting, to landscape roses. The class will cover rose care for healthy roses that thrive with an abundance of blooms.  Free, but registration required at https://www.armstronggarden.com/event-calendar/event/eventview/id/304/

Saturday, 6/22, 9-10am.  Tropical Plants.  Stunning and exotic blooms and foliage add a lush feel to your home and garden. There are many colorful indoor and outdoor tropical favorites. Our experts will cover their use and care.  Free, but registration required at https://www.armstronggarden.com/event-calendar/event/eventview/id/169/

California Native Plant Society – San Gabriel Mountains Chapter  
Eaton Canyon Nature Center

1750 North Altadena Drive
Pasadena 91107


Thursday, 6/26, 7:30pm.  Rare plants of Orange County, Native and Otherwise, with Ron Vanderhoff.  Laguna Beach live-forever, big-leaf crownbeard, adder's tongue fern and San Diego chamise. What do these have in common with bitou bush, Santa Maria feverfew, Australian fireweed and Egyptian knapweed? They are all regionally rare plants, with small populations. In this two-part program, Ron Vanderhoff will take you on a tour of several of the rare plants in Orange County. We will begin with rare native species, emphasizing their rare habitats. It is often rare habitats that are home to rare plants. The second portion of the program will highlight some of the newest and most destructive non-native weeds in the region. These are non-native plants that have recently arrived in Orange County (and maybe the Inland Empire?) and threaten many of those same habitats — and our native flora. With the development of their Emergent Invasive Plant Program, Orange County CNPS has become a leader in the early detection and rapid response to these emergent invasive plants. Ron will share some weedy stories, highlight a few successes and give a brief overview of this award-winning invasive program. Ron Vanderhoff is a local native plant expert and Orange County chapter board member. He is a member of the chapter's Rare Plant Committee and Chair of their Invasive Plant Committee.

California Native Plant Society – Los Angeles/Santa Monica Mountains Chapter
First United Methodist Church

1008 11th Street
Santa Monica 90403


Tuesday, 6/11, 7:30-9:30pm.  LAX El Segundo Dunes: Past, Present, and Future with Melodie Grubbs, The Bay Foundation.  The LAX Dunes (also known as The Los Angeles/El Segundo Dunes, which lie between the west end of the Los Angeles International Airport and the Pacific Ocean), are the largest remaining representation of coastal dune community within Southern California. The 302-acre Dune site is owned and managed by Los Angeles World Airports. The site provides habitat for over 900 species, some of which cannot be found anywhere else on Earth. It is home to the beautiful and delicate, federally-endangered El Segundo Blue Butterfly and other rare plant, animal, and insect species. For the past 3 years, The Bay Foundation has been a key partner in restoration efforts to manage non-native vegetation and increase native vegetation cover.  For more info, contact Snowdy Dodson at 818-782-9346. 

California Native Plant Society – Los Angeles/Santa Monica Mountains Chapter
Sepulveda Garden Center

16633 Magnolia Blvd
Encino 91436


(None for June)

California Rare Fruit Growers – South Bay Chapter
South Coast Botanic Garden

26300 Crenshaw Blvd
Palos Verdes Peninsula 90274


Saturday, 6/15, 10am.  Botanical Blunders.  Jorge Ochoa discusses plants that have a reputation for being misrepresented in advertisement, movies and media.  Learn the truth behind the errors that people make. 

Coastkeeper Garden

1560 East Santiago Canyon Road
Orange 92869


Saturday, 6/8/19, 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/CoastkeeperGardenShareRepeats second Saturdays. 

Descanso Gardens

1418 Descanso Drive
La Canada Flintridge 91011


Check website for current listings.

Eaton Canyon Nature Center      

1750 North Altadena Drive
Pasadena 91107


Every Wednesday, and second Sunday, 10am.  Eaton Canyon Gardening Group.  Volunteers maintain the garden. 

Saturday, 6/15, 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 eatoncanyon.conservation@gmail.comRepeats third Saturdays. 

El Dorado Nature Center

7550 E. Spring Street
Long Beach 90815


Check website for current listings.

Fullerton Arboretum

1900 Associated Road
Fullerton 92831


Saturday, 6/8 and 6/22, 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 and 4th Saturdays.

Saturday, 6/8, 9am. Medicinal & Edible Plants of the Southwest with William Broen. Plants are incredible sources of medicine and nutrition. Join herbalist William Broen for a morning of entertaining exploration throughout the Arboretum as he illuminates the many fascinating uses, both past and present, of various California native plants. $25 members, $30 non-members.

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, 6/1, 10am-12noon.  Flower Arranging with Roses.  Nothing is more elegant than an arrangement of garden roses. (Arabella Huntington certainly thought so: in a single year she used more than 9,000 fragrant blooms from the Rose Garden to fill vases throughout her home.) Learn how to work with roses to create sophisticated arrangements of your own in this workshop led by Casey Schwartz and Kit Wertz of Flower Duet. $85 members, $100 non-members. Register at huntington.org/calendar

Saturday, 6/1, 1-2:30pm.  Children’s Flower Arranging:  Floating Roses.  Kids will learn how to use roses to create small floral designs that can float in a fountain or pool—the perfect way to kick off summer activities! Ages 7 and up. $35 members, $45 non-members.  Fee includes one child and one accompanying adult. Register at huntington.org/calendar 

Saturdays & Sundays, 6/8, 6/9, 6/15, 6/16, 10am-4pm.  Bonsai Academy Series.  Bonsai master Ted Matson leads an intensive four-session gakko, or school, in the art of bonsai. Geared to beginners, the sessions explore the history of bonsai, basic tree botany and horticultural challenges, design concepts and training techniques, and bonsai display. $120 members, $135 non-members.  All supplies and tools are provided, including demonstration trees for classroom practice. Register at huntington.org/calendar

Monday, 6/10, 11:30am-3:30pm at 20-minute intervals, Japanese Garden.  Japanese Teahouse Tours.  Learn about the history of the Japanese Garden’s ceremonial teahouse and the traditions behind its use.  Repeats second Mondays.  

Thursday, 6/13, 2:30pm, Ahmanson Classroom, Brody Botanical Center.  Garden Talk & Plant Sale:  The Serious and Funny Business of Plants.  What do a Las Vegas casino, a Saudi palace, a Haitian orphanage, and The Huntington have in common? They all have landscapes that include beautiful plants grown at Greenwood Daylily Gardens. Join owner John Schoustra for an introduction to the world of breeding, propagating, growing, and designing with plants. A plant sale follows the talk.

Saturday, 6/29, 9:30-11:30am.  Center Children’s Workshop:  Craft-a-Cactus.  Ages 7 and up.  Explore the characteristics of cactus and other succulents in the Desert Garden then make your own whimsical needle felted succulent creations. $35 members, $45 non-members.  Fee includes one child and one accompanying adult. Register at huntington.org/calendar

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
Arcadia 91007


Saturday & Sunday, 6/1, 9am-4pm, and 6/2, 9am-3pm. Daylily Show & Sale. The Southern California Hemerocallis & Amaryllis Society sponsors this annual show that features educational displays and demonstrations. Bulbs will be for sale. For questions, call 626.821.3222.

Sunday, 6/2, 1-3pm.  Climate Reality: Re-Generation of the Landscape with Shawn Maestretti. This lecture highlights the current endangered state of our landscapes and offers solution-oriented techniques for zero-waste/carbon-neutral garden designs.  $25 members, $35 non-members.  Register online at arboretum.org/calendar. For questions, call the Education Department at 626.821.4623.

Wednesday, 6/5, 1:30-3pm.  Plant Information: Weed Control & Poisonous Plants with LA County Arboretum Plant Information Consultant Frank McDonough. Register online at arboretum.org/calendar. For questions, call the Education Department at 626.821.4623.  Repeats First Wednesdays.

Saturday, 6/ 8, 10am-12noon. Plumeria A-Z with Diana Donnellan. This hands-on workshop takes you through plumeria care, seeds, genetics, grafting, common problems, choosing the right variety, winter dormancy, and more! $25 members, $35 non-members. For questions, call the Education Department at 626.821.4623.

Saturday & Sunday, 6/8 & 6/9, 9am-4pm. Los Angeles International Fern Society Show & Sale. The LAIFS presents displays of ferns and other exotic plants at their finest. Informative lectures will be on both days with “opportunity” drawings throughout each day. For questions, call 626.821.3222.

Saturday, 6/22, 10am-12noon. Aesthetics of Ecology: Understory Plants – Accessories Communicate with Jaydene Mayla. We will discuss the effective strategies for placing, planting, and supporting a community of understory and mid-canopy plants that work for us by bringing in special helpers. $25 members, $35 non-members. Register online at arboretum.org/calendar. For questions, call the Education Department at 626.821.4623.

Sunday, 6/30, 3-5pm. California’s Iconic Flora Walk & Talk with Matt Ritter. Join Matt Ritter, botany professor and author of the new book California Plants, for a visual tour and celebration of California’s iconic native flora. Talk and Book Signing = $10 members, $15 non-members. Walk = $25 members, $35 non-members. Register online at 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.

Friday, 6/28, 5-9pm.  Summer Nights in the Gardens.  Get outside this summer and enjoy the evening breeze, late sunset, and starry skies in this celebration of all things summer in the enchanting Nature Gardens.  Spend your Friday night sipping a garden-infused cocktail, wandering among a myriad of outdoor experiences, and brightening your life with nature-inspired take-home activities. Have a picnic or get a little lost in the gardens, all while enjoying the live music performances.  For more information, go to nhm.org/summernights

Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch

6400 East Bixby Hill Road
Long Beach 90815


Saturday, 6/8, 12noon-2:30pm, meet at Rancho Gift Shop.  A Curated Tour of Florence Bixby’s Gardens with Janet Brown Becker.  There’s no better time to enjoy the Rancho’s nationally recognized gardens which were planned and executed in the early decades of the 20th century under the careful guidance of owner Florence Green Bixby conferring with outstanding landscape architects and plantsmen of the era, including the Olmsted Brothers, William Hertrich, Florence Yoch, Paul J. Howard, and Allen Chickering. Guide Ms. Becker has a master’s degree in Landscape Architecture with an emphasis in California garden design and history from UC Berkeley. She studied under the Rancho’s preeminent landscape architectural consultants, Russell Beatty and David Streatfield. Ms. Becker oversees the historic interpretation, curatorial documentation and horticultural integrity of the Rancho’s gardens. This tour is appropriate for adults and interested teens. Visitors will be standing and walking for the entire tour. Comfortable shoes are a must, preferably with closed toes. A hat and drinking water are advisable.  $10 per person.  Space is limited.  Advance reservations required at www.rancholosalamitos.org.  Reservations are not refundable.

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.

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

1500 North College Avenue
Claremont 91711


See website for current listings.

Redlands Horticultural and Improvement Society

Church of the Nazarene
1307 E Citrus Avenue
Redlands, CA 92374
Frank Herendeen 909-793-3333


(None for June)

San Diego Botanic Garden

230 Quail Gardens Drive
Encinitas CA 92024


Sunday, 6/16, 9am-12noon.  Living Wall/Vertical Garden with Mary Lou Morgan.  Learn the basics of planting a living wall/vertical garden by planting your own 10" x 20" wall with a variety of succulents, in a multitude of colors, textures and sizes. Living walls can be beautifully displayed both indoors or out. $30 members, $36 non-members.  Additional $80 per student materials fee to be paid directly to the instructor at the class.  Register at http://www.sdbgarden.org/classes.htm

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

1212 Mission Canyon Rd.
Santa Barbara 93105


See website for current listings.

Santa Barbara County Horticultural Society

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
909 N La Cumbre Road
Santa Barbara 93110


Wednesday, 6/5, 7pm.  Begonias:  Novel Grown and New Introductions from Australia.  Begonia expert Mike Flaherty will show novel ways of growing begonias, new Australian begonia hybrids that he has introduced to the United States, and other interesting specimens, including tuberous and upright jointed begonias.  Mike has won numerous awards for his begonias at national begonia conventions, including Hybrid Begonia of the Year, the Scottish International Begonia trophy, two Sweepstakes awards, and Best Display at the national American Begonia Society convention four times. He is currently the President of the Rudolf Ziesenhenne branch of the American Begonia Society of Santa Barbara and the national MC for the American Begonia Society. Mike has three begonias named after him, including 'O'Flaherty's Folly'.  For more information, call 805-687-2885. Repeats first Wednesdays.

South Coast Botanic Garden

26300 Crenshaw Blvd
Palos Verdes Peninsula 90274


See website for current listings.

Southern California Horticultural Society

Friendship Auditorium
3201 Riverside Drive
Los Angeles CA 90027


Thursday, 6/13, 7:30pm.  Tree Selection: Keeping Our Urban Forests Healthy with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Botany Professor Matt Ritter.

Theodore Payne Foundation

10459 Tuxford Street
Sun Valley 91352


Saturdays, 6/1, 6/15, & 6/19, 9am-1pm.  Three-Part California Native Garden Design with Shawn Maestretti, Landscape Designer, Garden Architecture.  This comprehensive course for home gardeners offers a sound foundation in design styles and process, the importance of sustainability, and how to model a garden after patterns in nature. Limit: 8. Prerequisite: Theodore Payne Foundation’s Right Plant, Right Place class (must be taken before first design class).  $225 members, $275 non-members; $285 member couples, $335 non-member couples.  Last day to register = Friday, May 24. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/three-part-california-native-garden-design-with-shawn-maestretti-beginning-saturday-june-1-registration-52624449144

Saturday, 6/1, 1:30-4:00pm.  Right Plant, Right Place with Lili Singer, TPF Director of Special Projects.  Knowing native habitats can help you choose the right plants for your place. This course discusses local plant communities and their conditions, as well as how to assess the conditions of your garden site, including climate, soil, sunlight and space. A valuable class for beginners and the prerequisite for Theodore Payne Foundation’s Three-Part California Native Garden Design Course. $25 members, $35 non-members.  Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/right-plant-right-place-with-lili-singer-registration-55793195951

Saturday, 6/8, 6/22, & 7/6, 9am-1pm.  Three-Part California Native Garden Design with Steve Gerischer, Landscape designer, Larkspur Garden Design.  This comprehensive course for home gardeners offers a sound foundation in design styles and process, the importance of sustainability, and how to model a garden after patterns in nature. Limit: 8. Prerequisite: Theodore Payne Foundation’s Right Plant, Right Place class (must be taken before first design class).  $225 members, $275 non-members; $285 member couples, $335 non-member couples.  Last day to register = Friday, May 31.  Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/three-part-california-native-garden-design-with-steve-gerischer-beginning-saturday-june-8-registration-52729768156#tickets

Saturday, 6/8, 1:30-4:30pm.  Native Plant Dye Workshop with Trudy Barnes, Trudy Barnes Studio.  Come explore the hidden color in our landscape by learning about native plants and their potential for dyeing. We will discuss how to forage local plants responsibly as well as how to broaden your color palette using modifiers. Participants will come away with a selection of botanically-dyed samples as well as a finished textile and instructions on how to repeat the process at home. Limited to 15 students.  $40 members, $50 non-members.  All materials provided.  Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/native-plant-dye-workshop-with-trudy-barnes-tickets-58320461069

Friday, 6/14, 9-10am.  Native Plant Maintenance Basics, a Walk and Talk with Steve Singer, TPF Horticulturist.  A quick overview of maintenance practices for the California native garden held outdoors on TPF grounds. Wear comfortable shoes, and bring your hat and water bottle. Limited to 15 students.  $15 members, $20 non-members.  Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/native-plant-maintenance-basics-a-walk-and-talk-with-steve-singer-tickets-58339564207

Saturday, 6/15, 9am-12noon.  Irrigation Practices for Native Plant Gardens with Tim Becker, TPF Director of Horticulture.  This class for home gardeners discusses irrigation principles, techniques and equipment for native plant landscapes – with practical examples, a demonstration of TPF's irrigation system, and plenty of time for questions. Bring your hat and water bottle.  $30 members, $40 non-members.  Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/irrigation-practices-for-native-plant-gardens-with-tim-becker-tickets-57244460723

Saturday, 6/15, 1:30-3:30pm.  Look, Ma, No Lawn! with Steve Gerischer, Landscape designer, Larkspur Garden Design.  Are you ready to lose the lawn? Have you applied for a turf removal rebate? We’ll explain how to take it out and offer alternatives – specifically low-care native plants that need no fertilizer and use a fraction of the water required for turf.  $25 members, $35 non-members.  Register at  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/look-ma-no-lawn-with-steve-gerischer-registration-59642384979

Saturday, 6/22, 1:30-3:30pm.  Four Seasons of Color with California Natives with Lili Singer, TPF Director of Special Projects.  Turn your California native garden into a seasonal showcase of flowers, seed, fruit and foliage. Through vivid images and a detailed plant list, this multi-hued program reveals a vibrant array of trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, groundcovers and grasses that will ensure year-round interest and color.  $20 members, $30 non-members.  Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/four-seasons-of-color-with-california-natives-with-lili-singer-tickets-58459797829

University of California South Coast Research & Extension Center

7601 Irvine Blvd
Irvine 92618


Saturdays, 6/1, 6/8, & 6/22, 9am-12noon.  Landscape Design Basics 3-Part Workshop Series.  Tired of the same old landscape? Feel like something is missing but not sure where to start? Join us and learn landscape and irrigation design basics from Mary Duffy, UCCE Orange County Master Gardener, and Juan Garcia, from the Irvine Ranch Water District. Participate in hands-on activities creating your own landscape design plans.  $60 for the series.  Supplies included.  Pre-registration required at http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=26456 .  Questions?  Contact tjmajcherek@ucanr.edu

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