November 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

Thursday, 11/7 through 11/11.  Annual Clearance Sale.  Save 20-50% throughout each store.

Wednesday, 11/16, 6pm.  Make & Take Holiday Center Piece.  (Only at these locations:  Claremont, Costa Mesa, Long Beach, Pasadena, San Juan Capistrano, Temecula, Thousand Oaks, Torrance)  Create an indoor arrangement that can transition from Thanksgiving, Christmas to New Years.  Limit: 15 people per class.

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

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

16633 Magnolia Blvd
Encino 91436

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California Rare Fruit Growers – South Bay Chapter

South Coast Botanic Garden
26300 Crenshaw Blvd

Palos Verdes Peninsula 90274

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Coastkeeper Garden

1560 East Santiago Canyon Road
Orange 92869

Saturday, 11/09/19, 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 second Saturdays. 

Descanso Gardens

1418 Descanso Drive
La Canada Flintridge 91011

Check website for current listings.

Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley

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

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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, 11/16/19, 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 eatoncanyon.conservation@gmail.comRepeats third Saturdays. 

El Dorado Nature Center

7550 E. Spring Street
Long Beach 90815

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Fullerton Arboretum

1900 Associated Road
Fullerton 92831

Saturday, 11/2, 9am. Medicinal & Edible Plants of the Southwest. 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.

Tuesday, 11/5, 6pm. Hands-On Cooking from the Garden. Join us for this hands-on culinary class as we visit our garden and grounds to select fresh ingredients to add to our evening’s recipes. Class focuses on seasonal produce, knife skills, and kitchen technique. $70 members; $75 non-members.

Saturday, 11/9, 8:15am. Forest Bathing. Take the opportunity to slow down, tune in and rediscover the feeling of curiosity for the landscape around you. During this Forest Bathing walk, you will be led through a series of sensory invitations to experience the Fullerton Arboretum in a new way. $25 members; $30 non-members.

Saturday, 11/9, 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.

Tuesday, 11/12, 5:30pm. Moon Forest Bathing. Come enjoy the Fullerton Arboretum after hours during a special Full Moon forest Bathing experience. Take the opportunity to slow down, tune in and rediscover the feeling of curiosity for the landscape around you under the full moon. $25/member; $30/non-member.

Saturday, 11/23, 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 to learn more. From the Teaching Greenhouse, follow signs to the site. Repeats every Saturday.

Saturday & Sunday, 11/9 & 11/10, 1-5pm Saturday & 10am-5pm Sunday, Brody Botanical Center.  National Chrysanthemum Society Show & Sale.  More than 100 exhibition-style chrysanthemums in a range of beautiful classes—including pompom, anemone, brush and thistle, spoon, bonsai, and Fukusuke—will be on view. Native to Asia, chrysanthemums have deep cultural connections to China and Japan, where the flowers are revered. Their dazzling colors and forms have made them autumn favorites around the world. In addition to the juried show, vendors will have a wide selection of plants available for sale. Saturday’s event begins at 1 p.m. following morning judging.

Thursday, 11/14, 2:30pm, Ahmanson Classroom, Brody Botanical Center.  Garden Talk & Plant Sale:  Spines, Thorns, Prickles, and Beyond.  Join Sean Lahmeyer, plant conservation specialist at The Huntington, as he takes a pointed look at spinescence in the gardens. In his illustrated lecture, Lahmeyer will journey through Huntington’s living plant collections to spotlight the different external defenses—some of which will surprise you—that plants use to protect themselves.  A plant sale follows the program.

Sunday, 11/17, 2:30pm, Rothenberg Hall.  Outstanding American Gardens:  What are They, Where are They, and How Can They be Saved?  James Brayton Hall, president of the Garden Conservancy, will examine what America’s gardens say about our culture and how new approaches pioneered by the Conservancy are helping to protect and document these landscapes for the future. Several examples of West Coast gardens will be highlighted, including remarkable successes—such as the gardens surrounding the former prison on Alcatraz Island—and one near failure. The program is presented as part of the California Garden & Landscape History Society Lecture Series.

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

Wednesday, 11/6, 1:30-3pm.  Plant Information: Landscape Plants – Shrubs (Includes Natives): To Wall Off or Integrate with LA County Arboretum Plant Information Consultant Frank McDonough. Register online at . For questions, call the Education Department at 626-821-4623.  Repeats First Wednesdays.

Saturday. 11/16, 10am-12noon. Fruitstitute Workshop: Intro to Backyard Orcharding & Fruit Tree Pruning Grow your knowledge about fruit trees with Southern California fruit tree specialist and founder of Fruitstitute, Joanna Glovinsky. This lecture and demo will delineate the differences in practice and approach between backyard and commercial fruit production to teach you how to successfully grow your own backyard fruit. Using the Crescent Farm orchard as the classroom, Joanna will provide step by step instruction on how to plan, manage, and prune a backyard orchard. Learn how to prune and how to have fruit ready for harvest in your yard year round! Register online at . For questions, call the Education Department at 626-821-4623.

Saturday, 11/23, 11am-12noon. Fall & Winter in the Garden For All Seasons Walking Tour with Tom Moure, Arboretum Gardener. Tom will talk about preparing beds and fall clean up.  Learn what he is planting and tips for creating a thriving vegetable garden for the coming winter. For questions, call 626-821-3222.

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

Check website for current listings.

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.

Thursday, 11/14, 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 . For more information, please contact Horticulturist Marie Barnidge-McIntyre, 562-206-2040.  Repeats 2nd Thursdays.

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

1500 North College Avenue
Claremont 91711

Saturday, 11/2, 10am-12noon.  Propagation: Seeds, Cuttings & Divisions. Learn how to grow plants from scratch the way we do here at the Garden. We will focus on multiple methods of starting seeds, cuttings and divisions. You will see the tools and materials we use and learn what is practical to do at home.  Free members, $10 non-members.

Saturday, 11/9, 10am-1pm.  Medicinal Plants of California Herb Walk. Join herbalist William Broen for an interactive garden walk and presentation featuring medicinal and edible plants native to California. Participants will learn traditional and modern plant uses of approximately 30 species, as well as relevant folklore.  $25 members, $30 non-members.

Saturday, 11/16, 9:30-11:30am.  Saging the World. “A fire went through our family’s sage gathering ground, and maybe five acres of white sage just burned to the ground. I was upset, but my uncle said, ‘It’s good—the world just needed saging off.” —Tima Lotah Link, Shmuwich Chumash. California Indians have been using white sage for food, medicine and ceremony for thousands of years. The contemporary commercialization of white sage has become international in scope. Walmart, Etsy and Amazon all market smudge sticks, sage bundles, and “cleansing” kits, fueling a growing controversy around cultural appropriation. Much of the white sage for the international market is unscrupulously foraged. We hope you’ll join us in learning how to cultivate white sage in your garden or nurture the plants in containers on your decks, porches, and windowsills. You’ll attract bees, butterflies, birds, and other beneficial insects. You’ll better understand how the health and well-being of our species is inextricably connected with the plants that sustain us. Learn why and how to Sage the World with authors of the Ethnobotany Project, Rose Ramirez and Deborah Small as well as RSABG staff, at this presentation and workshop.  $20 members, $30 non-members.

Sunday, 11/17. 11am-3pm.  Acorn Festival. This family event is a celebration of our connections to California native plants and the Native American peoples that tended California for millennia. Native American tribal leaders and culture keepers will demonstrate and share these connections through ceremonial dance, art and activities. Food will be available for purchase. There will be a small material fee associated with certain crafts.

Saturdays, 11/23, 10am-12noon.  Propagation: Seeds, Cuttings & Divisions. Learn how to grow plants from scratch the way we do here at the Garden. We will focus on multiple methods of starting seeds, cuttings and divisions. You will see the tools and materials we use and learn what is practical to do at home.  Free members, $10 non-members.

Friday, 11/29, Garden Hours: 8 am - 5 pm, Nursery Hours: 9 am - 4:30 pm. Green Friday: Free Day & Plant Sale.  Great deals on California native plants at our Grow Native Nursery. Stroll through the Garden, get some gardening inspiration and grab some beautiful native plants for your yard or patio. Discounts on all nursery inventory:  15% off members, $10% off non-members.

Redlands Horticultural and Improvement Society

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

Thursday, 11/21, 7pm.  Troubleshooting Your Sprinklers with George Nash. 

San Diego Botanic Garden

230 Quail Gardens Drive
Encinitas CA 92024

Sunday, 11/3, 9am-12noon.  Living Wall / Vertical Garden with Mary Lou Morgan.  Learn the basics of planting a living wall or vertical garden for your home – indoors or out! We will be planting a 10”x 20” wall with a variety of succulents. Living walls can be created with a multitude of different colors, textures and sizes. The possibilities of striking patterns and unique designs are endless. $30 members, $36 non-members.  Additional $80 per student materials fee to be paid directly to the instructor at the class.  Please register by October 27 at

Saturday, 11/9, 9am-1pm.  Miniature Holiday Succulent Tree Workshop with SDBG Succulent Wreath Team.  Create a special miniature succulent tree for the holidays to display indoors or out. Please bring small clippers to class. $45 members, $54 non-members.  Fee includes all materials.  Please register by November 2 at

Sunday, 11/10, 9-11am.  Forest / Nature Bathing with Rhana Kozak.  Shinrin-yoku, or Forest Bathing, is a way of connecting people to Nature. This idea, and the positive health effects of simply being and walking in a state of relaxation in the natural world has undergone significant scientific testing and validation in Japan and Korea. This innovative programming is trending in gardens and nature reserves across the country.  $32 members, $40 non-members.  Please register by November 3 at

Sunday, 11/10, 10am-12noon.  Orchid Kokedama Workshop with Kodema Forest.  Kokedama is a traditional Japanese Living Art form where moss is used as a container for a plant. In this interesting and hands-on workshop, you will learn the skills behind Kokedama and how to make your very own. Please bring your own apron and gloves. $20 members, $24 non-members.  In addition, a $38 per student materials fee will be paid directly to the instructor at the class.  Please register by November 3 at

Thursday, 22/21, 9:30-10:30am.  Open Air Yoga Experience.  Breathe in fresh air while being sheltered by beautiful trees in this unique open air yoga experience. Immerse your senses in the sights and smells of nature. Leave restored and rejuvenated after gently moving your body. Please bring your own mat. $20 members, $24 non-members.  Please register by November 14 at

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, 11/2 and 11/9, 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. $48 members, $75 non-members.

Southern California Horticultural Society

Friendship Auditorium
3201 Riverside Drive
Los Angeles CA 90027

Thursday, 11/14, 7-9pm.  Nighttime Ecology, Lighting and Landscape Design with Travis Longcore.

Theodore Payne Foundation

10459 Tuxford Street
Sun Valley 91352

Saturday, 11/2, 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 your garden’s conditions, including climate, soil, sunlight and space. A valuable class for beginners and the prerequisite for our Three-Part California Native Garden Design Course.  $25 members, $35 non-members.  Register at:

Saturdays, 11/9, 11/23, & 12/14, 9am-1pm.  Three-Part California Native Garden Design with Andreas Hessing, Scrub Jay Studios Landscape Designer and Contractor.  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 11/9).  $225 members, $275 non-members; $285 member couples, $335 non-member couples.  Last day to register: Friday, November 1.  Register at:

Saturday, 11/9, 1-4pm.  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:

Saturday, 11/9, 1:30-3:30pm.  Your Native Garden’s First Year with Lili Singer, TPF Director of Special Projects.  Get your beautiful native garden off to a good start! This overview of the first 12 months in a newly installed native landscape provides practical tips on getting plants established, including what to do and what to expect from your developing landscape. Especially valuable for beginning native plant gardeners.  $25 members, $35 non-members.  Register at:

Friday, 11/15, 9-10am.  Native Plant Maintenance Basics, A Walk and Talk with Tim Becker, TPF Director of Horticulture.  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:

Saturday, 11/16, 9-11am.  Look, Ma, No Lawn! with Steve Gerischer, Larkspur Garden Design Landscape Designer.  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:

Saturday, 11/16, 9-10am.  Clipper Maintenance:  A Must For All Gardeners with Louise Guerin, The Huntington Manager of Plant Production & Sales, The Huntington.  One way to help ensure plant health is to use clean shears and pruners when cutting back, dead-heading and shaping plants. This class goes over tried-and-true methods to keep your hand tools sharp and clean. Participants will practice on their own tools and will receive a Sandflex sharpening sponge to take home. Bring your favorite clippers!  $12 members, $18 non-members.  Register at:

Saturday, 11/16, 12noon-3pm.  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. All materials provided. Limited to 15 students.  $40 members, $50 non-members.  Register at:

University of California Riverside Botanic Garden

900 University Avenue
Riverside 92521


Check website for current listings.

University of California South Coast Research & Extension Center

7601 Irvine Blvd
Irvine 92618

Saturday, 11/2, 8am-3pm.  A river of Empire: the Colorado, Orange County, and the Coastal Ocean.  This is the second of a 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, and pre-registration is required. Register online at

Saturday, 11/23, 9am-12noon.  Persimmon Harvest Workshop.  Learn how to air dry persimmons for a delectable treat for friends and family during our hands-on demonstration, followed by some fun in the orchard picking Hachiya and Fuyu (while supplies last) type persimmons. $75.  Fee includes (1) u-pick basket of fruit and materials.  Seating is limited, and pre-registration is required. Register online at

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