The COVID-19 outbreak has forced cancellation of most events and closure of many public spaces. Some venues are beginning to open back up up, but please contact the venues before committing anything to your calendar.

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.

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Upcoming events, Online Zoom: Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden

Upcoming events, Online Zoom: California Garden & Landscape History Society

Upcoming classes, Online Zoom: California Native Plant Society

Upcoming events, Online Zoom: Los Angeles & Santa Monica Mountains Chapter, California Native Plant Society

Upcoming classes, Online Instagram and Facebook: Rogers Gardens

Upcoming events: Smartgardening (LA Dept. of Water & Power)

Upcoming Classes, Online Zoom, Waterwise Community Center, Chino Basin Water Conservation District

Upcoming classes, Online Webinars at the Theodore Payne Foundation:

Tuesdays, 8-2-22, 8-9-22 & 8-16-22, 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Zoom Webinar - "Natural Dyes: Creating a Plant-Based Palette" with Aaron Sanders Head
Atlas Obscura

In this three-part lecture series, learn from textile artist Aaron Sanders Head how to turn kitchen scraps and foraged plants into natural dyes. Onion skins have a secret. They, like many kinds of plant matter, can be transformed into a palette of brilliant colors—dyes ranging from copper to deep mustard. In this three-part online course, we’ll learn how to create natural dyes using everything from kitchen scraps to foraged plants. We’ll begin with the basics, learning the tools and terms needed to get started before setting up a dye bath and diving into the process. Not only will we use food scraps, plant dye powders, and extracts to color textiles, but we’ll also learn how to forage for regional dyestuff, depending on your local ecology. By the end of this workshop, you’ll walk away with a palette of fabrics dyed using local plants or extracts and powders, as well as a repeatable method for creating color from the contents of your compost bin. $65 for 3 sessions.  For more information and to register:

Once registered, you’ll receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite that will provide access to each class meeting. Please save the confirmation email as you’ll use it to access all sessions of your course via Zoom.

Thursday, 8-4-22, 7:00-8:15pm
Zoom Webinar - "Rediscovering Ourselves Through Nature"
with Rick Halsey
Poly/Ana and the Chaparral Institute

Join Poly/Ana for our inaugural 1st Thursday evening webinar. Our mission is to educate and empower communities as agents of change to honor and protect natural, living systems. Our host Rick Halsey of the Chaparral Institute and Poly/Ana invite virtual attendees to explore and redefine our sense of self. Rick has seen disasters first-hand. He survived his own trial by fire as a firefighter when he gained a new perspective. Join us as we explore how to learn to live with Nature again through local native habitats, especially the chaparral. For more than two million years we evolved outside, in Nature, driven by our instincts. Over the last several thousand years, our newly conscious minds have tried to reconcile the conflict between the demands of civilization, social expectations, and our ancient, wild selves. Yet despite our best efforts, the conflict persists, causing many of the personal, social, and environmental problems we face today, including our failure to live safely in fire-prone environments. Free (donations encouraged). To register:

Friday, 8-5-22 through Sunday, 8-7-22, 8:00am to 5:00pm
In Person Event - 36th Inter-City Cactus and Succulent Show and Sale

Los Angeles County Arboretum, Arcadia

1500 plants on display and 24 vendors selling plants, pots and supplies. Members admitted for free, but advance purchase required online. Limited Tickets Available at .  Los Angeles County Arboretum, 3012 N Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia 91007. For more information = , 626-821-3222.

Saturday, 8-6-22, 10:00am to 4:00pm
In Person Event - Bromeliad Show and Sale
South Bay Bromeliad Associates, Rancho Palos Verdes

South Bay Bromeliad Associates’ annual show and sale will highlight many varieties of bromeliads, and sales from members’ private collections and from commercial vendors. Proof of vaccination required to enter. Free. Palos Verdes Art Center, 5504 Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275.  For more information = Ted Johnson,, 310-850-2824,

Saturday, 8-6-22, 12:15pm to 1:15pm
In Person Event - Annual Tomato Tasting
Emerson Avenue Community Garden, Los Angeles

For this 5th Edition of the Annual Tomato Tasting, everyone is invited to come around to taste the best tomatoes grown by our plotholders. Come and meet new neighbors and enjoy a little tour of the garden. This event is the perfect time to plan for your tomato planting of 2023 as there is usually no variety duplicates! We’re keeping the same categories as past years: the best overall tasting tomato, the biggest, the best color, the juiciest, the sweetest, the prettiest, the ugliest, and the ‘‘I wish I’d grown it’’. May the best tomatoes win! Free. Emerson Avenue Community Garden is pleased to offer this delightful tasting to you at no cost. We are grateful for any donation amount you care to give our non-profit garden. Emerson Avenue Community Garden, 8050 Emerson Avenue, Los Angeles 90045. For more information = Stephanie Therriault,,

Tuesday, 8-9-22 AND Tuesday, 8-23-22, 10:00am to 12:00pm
In Person Event - Ballona Discovery Park Clean Up
Ballona Discovery Park Garden Club, Playa Vista

Roll up your sleeves to help beautify Ballona Discovery Park! Get hands-on experience while learning about urban ecology. You will assist with invasive plant removal, pruning, watering, seeding, planting, mulching, and more! Healthy plant life is vital for a healthy ecosystem! Free, but you must pre-register at . Ballona Discovery Park, 13110 Bluff Creek Drive, Playa Vista 90094.  For more information, contact Neysa Frechette, , 818-470-3593,

Thursday, 8-11-22, 7:10pm
In Person Event (and online Zoom) - "Micro-Forests in Los Angeles" with Katherine Pakradouni

The Southern California Horticultural Society

Horticulturist and educator Katherine Pakradouni, will speak about urban micro-forests.  Her program will serve an introduction to the Miyawaki afforestation method and its applicability for ecological restoration, biodiversity enhancement, as well as community engagement in urban Los Angeles.  She designed L.A.’s first micro-forest project in Griffith Park, and will be looking at it as a case study to aid in explaining this concept.  Pakradouni will share how, in the 1970s, Japanese botanist and ecologist Akira Miyawaki pioneered his method of creating indigenous micro-forests all over the temperate and tropical world as a tool to address climate change and restore biodiversity in urban areas.  She will explore the big-picture topic of the significance and impact of micro-forests in L.A. and provide insights into how this international method can be adapted for use in our drier, Mediterranean climate.  Since the installation of the Griffith Park project in June of 2021, interest has been growing to install more micro-forests in different areas throughout L.A., in order to facilitate wildlife connectivity, restore ecological health, and increase access to nature in our city. We are looking forward to learning about the Miyawaki Method – and how variations of this method may be used to aid in mitigating current ecological challenges – from a horticulturist experienced in the practice.  Pakradouni currently works for the National Park Service/Santa Monica Mountains Fund as the nursery manager for the Liberty Canyon Wildlife Crossing, is the Council District 4 representative of the Community Forest Advisory Committee, and also consults privately on numerous habitat enhancement projects throughout L.A.  This intriguing topic is one of timely significance to all urban gardeners. This meeting will be held IN PERSON at Friendship Auditorium near Griffith Park (free entry for members, $5 for non-members). Doors open at 6:30 for the live meeting. PROOF OF VACCINATION AND BOOSTER REQUIRED per LA City ordinance. Masks are encouraged, but not required. SCHS will not be providing food or beverages at the July meeting, but you can bring your own food in. This meeting will also be streamed live via Zoom and Facebook. To register for the Zoom webinar, visit . Zoom schedule = 7:10 Announcements, 7:15 Plant Forum, 7:30 Speaker presentation. For more information, contact , 818-567-1496,

Saturday, 8-13-22, 8:30am to 10:30am
In Person Event - "Reconnecting People and Plants - A Learning Walk in Pasadena"
Poly/Ana and Studio Petrichor, Pasadena

Join Poly/Ana and Studio Petrichor on this inspiring, in-person walk and talk where goodness, healing, and nutrition surround you. Gain the knowledge you need to leverage the power of native California plants to heal and nourish your body. And most importantly, ways you can give back and support our local landscapes. Therese Richau of Native Roots and Poly/Ana are teaming up for an interactive journey into the Pasadena foothills. Participants will walk through a wild area, listen, observe, interact, and connect with Nature’s bounty. $35. To purchase tickets = . Pasadena Location to be announced to registrants 3 days prior to the event. For more information = Laura Hodge, , 626-244-5741.

Sunday, 8-14-22, 1:00pm to 3:30pm
In Person Event - "Feeding Succulents: How Fertilizer, Water pH and Soil Can and Should be Adjusted" with Ernesto Sandoval
South Coast Cactus and Succulent Society, Souht Coast Botanic Garden

South Coast Cactus and Succulent Society hosts Ernesto Sandoval discussing the special needs of cultivating succulents in the ground or in pots. Find out how to maximize root potential for your plants. Free with Garden admission. Advance reservations required at . South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula 90274. For more information = Maria Capaldo, , 310-346-6206,

Saturday, 8-20-22, 10:00am
In Person Event - "Growing Asian Vegetables in Los Angeles" with Florence Nishida
Culver City Garden Club, Culver City

Bored with growing and eating the same old veggies? Branch out and broaden your palate with easy-to-grow vegetables from across Asia. Florence Nishida, Master Gardener and founder of L.A. Green Grounds, returns to the Culver City Garden Club to discuss easy-to-grow Asian vegetables that you too can plant in your own local garden -- to compliment your traditional edibles. Her presentation will cover a host of veggies that will introduce you to new and intriguing textures, colors, fragrances, and tastes. In addition, Florence will share "ways to prepare those vegetables - since that's often a stumbling block for many". Go beyond the traditional. Bring more flavors to your garden and table. Florence is a botanist, mycologist, life-long gardener and one of the original 2008 University of California Master Gardeners tasked with teaching Angelenos to garden and grow plants sustainably, with special emphasis on those living in the under-served food deserts of Los Angeles. She's a champion of plants that have a long harvest season and shares ways to cook them. “My mission is to expose people to different things that are easy to grow...If you plant kale, you will have food for months.” In 2010, she co-founded the nonprofit L.A. Green Grounds, with former student Ron Finley (aka, the Gangsta Gardener) and Vanessa Vobis. Green Grounds is committed to enabling residents of South Los Angeles to create their own edible gardens. It is the catalyst for "Dig-Ins" community-driven workdays manned by locals and volunteers who transform front yards and parkways into edible, inspirational spaces visible to the public. Florence is also a staunch advocate for the recovery and transformation of barren land and abandoned spaces into blooming oases. In 2013, her activism helped changed minds in L.A. City Council and led to a vote that now allows LA residents to cultivate edibles in their parkways without a permit. Her quote during an interview with the LA Times clearly reinforces her view that "Poor access to good, fresh food led to poor diets that were directly related to poor health among many in the South L.A. communities... It is so satisfying to show how we can transform a very barren, lifeless parcel of ground into a welcome oasis for biological beings, including humans, in the city.” Free. Garden Room, Veterans Memorial Complex, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City 90230.  For more information = Culver City Garden Club, , 310-876-1870,

Tuesday, 8-30-22, 3:00pm
In Person Event - "Fall and Winter Planting in Southern California" with Yvonne Savio
Sunland-Tujunga Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library

The Sunland-Tujunga Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library hosts Yvonne discussing many of the edibles and ornamentals to plant and enjoy during our cool seasons. Free.  7771 Foothill Boulevard, Tujunga 91402.  For more information = 818-352-4481,


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

Garden Centers are open (with restrictions) for in person shopping. Online ordering, curbside pickup and delivery available.

California Botanic Garden (formerly Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden)

1500 North College Avenue
Claremont 91711
909-625-8767 (formerly

Gardens open with limited capacity. Check website for current listings and online content.
Grow Native Nursery
open for online ordering and curbside pickup.

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

1750 North Altadena Drive
Pasadena 91107

Check website for current listings.

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

1008 11th Street
Santa Monica 90403

Check website for current listings.

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

16633 Magnolia Blvd
Encino 91436

Check website for current listings.

California Rare Fruit Growers – South Bay Chapter

South Coast Botanic Garden
26300 Crenshaw Blvd

Palos Verdes Peninsula 90274

Check website for current listings.

Coastkeeper Garden

1560 East Santiago Canyon Road
Orange 92869

Check website for current listings.

Descanso Gardens

1418 Descanso Drive
La Canada Flintridge 91011

Gardens are open with limited capacity. Check website for current listings and online content.

Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley

UCR Palm Desert
75-080 Frank Sinatra Drive
Palm Desert 92211

Check website for current listings.

Eaton Canyon Nature Center      

1750 North Altadena Drive
Pasadena 91107

Check website for current listings.

El Dorado Nature Center

7550 E. Spring Street
Long Beach 90815

Check website for current listings.

Fullerton Arboretum

1900 Associated Road
Fullerton 92831

CLOSED. Check website for current listings and online content.

Huntington Botanical Gardens

1151 Oxford Road
San Marino 91108

Open with limited capacity - tickets required. Check website for current listings and online content.

J Paul Getty Museum – Getty Center

1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles 90049

CLOSED. Check website for current listings and online content.

J Paul Getty Museum – Getty Villa

17985 Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

CLOSED. Check website for current listings and online content.

Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden

301 North Baldwin Ave
Arcadia 91007

Open with limited capacity - tickets required. Check website for current listings and online content.

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

900 Exposition Blvd
Los Angeles 90007

Open with limited capacity - tickets required. Check website for current listings and online content.

Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch

6400 East Bixby Hill Road
Long Beach 90815

Open with limited capacity - tickets required. Check website for current listings and online content.

Rancho Los Cerritos

4600 Virginia Road
Long Beach 90807

Open with limited capacity - tickets required. Check website for current listings and online content.

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

(See California Botanic Garden)

Redlands Horticultural and Improvement Society

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

Check website for current listings.

Roger’s Gardens

2301 San Joaquin Hills Road
Corona del Mar, CA 92625

Garden Center is open. Online ordering, curbside pickup and delivery options are also available.

San Diego Botanic Garden

230 Quail Gardens Drive
Encinitas CA 92024

Open with limited capacity - tickets required. Check website for current listings and online content.

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

1212 Mission Canyon Rd.
Santa Barbara 93105

Open with limited capacity - tickets required.  Check website for current listings and online content.

Santa Barbara County Horticultural Society

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

Check website for listings.

South Coast Botanic Garden

26300 Crenshaw Blvd
Palos Verdes Peninsula 90274

The Garden is Open to Members with advance reservations and to online ticket-buyers.  We are no longer accepting in-person payments.  In order to limit attendance, all visitors and Members must reserve tickets in advance.

Southern California Horticultural Society

Friendship Auditorium
3201 Riverside Drive
Los Angeles CA 90027

Second Thursdays 7:15-8:30pm. SCHS meetings start with Announcements and the Plant Forum at 7:15pm, followed by the featured speaker. Online Webinar - TBD  To register, see our Monthly Meetings Page.

Theodore Payne Foundation

10459 Tuxford Street
Sun Valley 91352

Online ordering and curbside pickup available.


University of California Riverside Botanic Garden

900 University Avenue
Riverside 92521


CLOSED. Check website for current listings and online content.

University of California South Coast Research & Extension Center

7601 Irvine Blvd
Irvine 92618

Check website for current listings.

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