November 2018

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, 11/10, 9am.  Attracting Birds to Your Yard.  Winter is a great time to watch colorful, cheerful birds. California has the most species of any state. Learn how to easily create a habitat birds will love in your own yard.

Thursday, 11/29, 3-7pm.  Christmas Open House.  Shop special savings and enjoy a festive signature ‘Poinsettia Cocktail’ (champagne + cranberry juice), plus sweet treats. The perfect time to pick out the perfect Christmas tree. Food and drinks will be served while supplies last.

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

1750 North Altadena Drive
Pasadena 91107

(None for November)

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

1008 11th Street
Santa Monica 90403

(None for November)

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

16633 Magnolia Blvd
Encino 91436

(None for November)

Coastkeeper Garden

1560 East Santiago Canyon Road
Orange 92869

Saturday, 11/10, 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 second Saturdays. 

Descanso Gardens

1418 Descanso Drive
La Canada Flintridge 91011

(None for November)

Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley

UCR Palm Desert
75080 Frank Sinatra Drive
Palm Desert 92211

(None for November)

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, 11/17, 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

Saturday, 11/3, 2-4pm.  Accent Plants with Unusual Forms.

Fullerton Arboretum

1900 Associated Road
Fullerton 92831

Saturdays, 11/10 & 11/24, 10 am. 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.   Repeats 2nd and 4th Saturdays.

Sunday, 11/18, 1 pm. Nature Photography. Learn how to use space, light, and time to take more memorable photos. The class includes tips, tricks, and techniques that will help you advance your photography skills. $35 members, $40 non-members.

Sunday, 11/18, 1 pm. Fall and Winter Gardening. Expert gardener Yvonne Savio will discuss tips and techniques for successfully growing the many edible and ornamental plants to add to your garden during our cool season. $20 members, $25 non-members.

Thursday, 11/29, 6 pm. Make Jun Kombucha. Class focuses on developing unique flavor pairings of local and seasonal honey and green tea varietals to produce an amazingly healthy and delicious lightly effervescent beverage. Registration fee includes starter kit. $40 members, $45 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 to learn more. From the Teaching Greenhouse, follow signs to the site. Repeats every Saturday.

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, 11/3, 10am-12noon, Palm Room.  Plant Immersions with Irena Stathis.  Each class will focus on a different plant. We will sit with the plant and learn about its healing properties and folkloric history. Participants will get to know the plants through direct experience by touch, taste, smell, observation and intuition. There will also be several forms of extracts of the plant to sample. Everyone goes home with a fresh cutting (provided by instructor) and tools to cultivate a deeper relationship to the plants as healers.  Irena Stathis is a Certified Herbalist, gardener and wildcrafter and has been practicing for over 8 years. Irena began her herbal studies in the Redwood forest at Humboldt State in 2005 and has continued to develop her knowledge and understanding of herbal medicine by working directly with the plants on farms, in gardens and in the wild. Her training includes the Roots program at the California School of Herbal Studies as well as advanced apprenticeships with Candis Cantin, a master herbalist based in the Sierra foothills, and two indigenous healers in Sonoma County, CA – Phyllis Bala and Nunutsi Otterson. $25 Arboretum members / $35 non-members (Includes Arboretum Admission).  To register, please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class.

Wednesday, 11/7, 1:30-3pm.  Plant Information:  Home Vegetable Gardening with Arboretum Botanist Frank McDonough.  Several scenarios are considered -- a small space, under lights, community garden, big backyard, seasonality, seeds and Starts.  Class generally covers current horticultural topics including landscaping, gardening, design, water-saving strategies and other pertinent topics. He also highlights the most interesting plant and gardening questions of the hundreds he receives every month and talks about the latest pests and diseases that threaten our gardens and landscapes. Bring your own plant questions for discussion.  Repeats first Wednesdays.

Saturday, 11/17, 10am, Crescent Farm.  Hands-On Lasagna Mulching Workshop with Crescent Farm staff Leigh Adams and John Latsko.  From creating natural raised beds just outside your door, to covering the back forty, sheet mulching will bring to life extremely beautiful, low-maintenance, low-cost gardens. Using what you have on hand or can source locally is true sustainable gardening. We will have a visual presentation and a hands-on activity where you will actually help us to transform inactive ground into fertile, resilient soil, for planting this fall.  You can also utilize this method with your own green waste to build fertile productive soil. In addition, this is a fabulous method for removing your lawn and reducing the weed load as you transition into a water wise landscape. Bring gloves, a hat, water and wear closed toe shoes. This will be a fun party-like community garden activity unlike those you have experienced before so invite your friends too! This party may run overtime so keep your schedule open!  Free for members / Free for non-members (with arboretum admission).

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

900 Exposition Blvd
Los Angeles 90007

Daily except 11/22 (Thanksgiving) 3:30pm.  Guided Nature Gardens Walk.  Join us on a walk through the Nature Gardens to explore the amazing diversity of life that calls L.A. home. Meet in the Nature Gardens, just outside the Nature Lab and under the bridge.

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 Repeats every weekend.

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

1500 North College Avenue
Claremont 91711

Friday, 11/23, 9am-4:30pm.  Green Friday: Free Day & Plant Sale.  Be outdoors instead of in the crazy Black Friday lines with free admission to the Garden and great deals on California native plants at our Grow Native Nursery. Unwind after Thanksgiving with a free stroll through the Garden, get some gardening inspiration and grab some beautiful native plants for your yard or patio!

Redlands Horticultural and Improvement Society

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

Thursday, 11/15, 7pm.  University of California Riverside Botanical Gardens and What They Offer.  Professor Emeritus Jodie Holt, UCR faculty member since 1982, is the new director of the UCR gardens, a 40-acre playground which is used as a tool for science outreach.  Ms. Holt was a consultant on the botany of the movie “Avatar,” helping the filmmakers think through how plants look, act, and communicate through their cells.  Members and guests are invited to take notes and enjoy the meeting, fellowship and door prizes.

San Diego Botanic Garden

230 Quail Gardens Drive
Encinitas CA 92024

(None for November)

Santa Barbara County Horticultural Society

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

Check website for events.

South Coast Botanic Garden

26300 Crenshaw Blvd
Palos Verdes Peninsula 90274

(None for October)

Southern California Horticultural Society

Friendship Auditorium
3201 Riverside Drive
Los Angeles CA 90027

Thursday, 11/8, 7-9pm.  Betsy Collins of the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden will speak on plants from the California Channel Islands.

Theodore Payne Foundation

10459 Tuxford Street
Sun Valley 91352

Check website for listings.

University of California Riverside Botanic Garden

900 University Avenue
Riverside 92521

(None for November)

University of California South Coast Research & Extension Center

7601 Irvine Blvd
Irvine 92618

(None for November)

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