July 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, 7/7, 9am.  Growing Succulents.  Waterwise succulents and cacti are some of the easiest plants to grow. Our experts will give you tips to keep them healthy, happy and beautiful.

Wednesday, 7/11, 10am.  Free Kids Class.  Birds.  Gardens provide food and habitat for birds. Birds help gardens grow.  Learn how and make a feeder to take home. Kid’s Classes available only at select locations: Monrovia, Westchester, Torrance, Temecula, Tustin, Encinitas, Morena, Anaheim Hills, Thousand Oaks, San Juan Capistrano.

Wednesday, 7/18, 10am.  Free Kids’ Class.  Garden Scavenger Hunt.  Participate in a garden center scavenger hunt while exploring all the sights, smells, sounds, and sensations a garden can offer. Child must be accompanied by an adult. Kid’s Classes available only at select locations: Monrovia, Westchester, Torrance, Temecula, Tustin, Encinitas, Morena, Anaheim Hills, Thousand Oaks, San Juan Capistrano.

Saturday, 7/21, 9am.  Waterwise Gardening.  Have a beautiful, lush garden and save water too! Learn which plants are best for waterwise gardening and simple techniques to ensure your stays healthy and beautiful.

Saturday, 7/28, 9am.  Lavender Varieties.  Lavenders are perfectly suited for California gardens. Learn about different varieties and their uses, pruning and year-round care.

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

1750 North Altadena Drive
Pasadena 91107


(None for July)

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

1008 11th Street
Santa Monica 90403


(None for July)

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

16633 Magnolia Blvd
Encino 91436


(None for July)

Coastkeeper Garden

1560 East Santiago Canyon Road
Orange 92869


Saturday, 7/14, 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


Saturday, 7/28, 10-11:30am.  Do-It-Yourself Workshop: Upcycled Succulent Planters.  In this hands-on workshop, you’ll plant your own mini succulent garden.  Descanso will provide a variety of unique upcycled goods for you to choose from- including mason jars, teapots and more.  Descanso horticulture staff will provide expert guidance on working with succulents and design.  $20 members, $30 non-members; fee includes materials.  Register online at www.descansogardens.org, in person at the Descanso Gardens Visitor Center or by phone at 818-949-7980.

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, 7/21, 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, 7/7, 2pm.  Beneficial Insects and How to Attract Them.

Fullerton Arboretum

1900 Associated Road
Fullerton 92831


Saturdays, 7/14 & 7/28, 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.  Repeats 2nd and 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.

Sunday, 7/1, 10am-5pm, Brody Botanical Center.  Cactus and Succulent Show and Sale.  Hundreds of intriguing plants will be on view. With today's growing interest in dry-climate gardening, it is a must for anyone wanting to learn more about these wonderfully diverse and visually striking plants.

Thursday, 7/12, 2:30pm, Ahmanson Room, Brody Botanical Center.  Garden Talk and Sale:  Advanced Propagation Techniques.  Horticulture instructor Joe Stead of Orange Coast College will give a presentation on advanced propagation techniques for hardwood and semi-hardwood plants, such as camellias, azaleas, hydrangeas, and grape vines. The program will include a demonstration of grafting and air layering, followed by a plant sale in the nursery area.

Thursday, 7/26, 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 led by Jim Folsom, the Telleen/Jorgensen Director of the Botanical Gardens.

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, 7/11, 1:30-3pm.  (Note that this date is different than the usual first Wednesdays of each month.) Plant Information with Arboretum Botanist Frank McDonough.  Frank 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, 7/21, 10am-12noon.  Crescent Farm For Beginners.  Learn the basics about the Crescent Farm - how its topography captures water; how wise plant choices can save water AND provide habitat and delight all year.  Learn about the educational mission of the project and enjoy first hand conversation with one its principle gardeners.

Saturday, 7/28, 9am-2pm.  Plumeria Day.  Celebrate the Plumeria grove of more than 100 plumeria plants.  Tours are offered throughout the day, workshops, and an everything-plumeria sale.  For more information, contact Robin Sease at 626-821-3250.

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

900 Exposition Blvd
Los Angeles 90007


Saturday, 7/14, 9:30-11am, meet at the North Ticket Booth.  Saturday Strolls in the Nature Gardens.  Are you overwhelmed by the incredible variety of plants in local nurseries?  Not sure what to choose for your own garden?  Join Carol Bornstein, director of the NHMLA Nature Gardens, on monthly morning walks through the always-changing Nature Gardens.  We’ll talk about which plants are tough, which are fussy, how much to water, and what kind of plants will attract butterflies, birds, and other wildlife to your home garden.

Fridays, 7/13 & 7/27, 5-9pm.  Summer Nights in the Garden.  Sip a garden-infused cocktail, check out various science and nature experiences, and brighten your life with nature-inspired take-home activities. Have a picnic or get a little lost in the gardens – all while the beats from live music performances set the mood.  For more information, go to www.nhm.org/summernights

Rancho Los Cerritos

4600 Virginia Road
Long Beach 90807


Every Saturday and Sunday, 1-5pm.  Free One-Hour Garden Tours.  The vibrant gardens that grace the property today include trees that date back to the mid-19th century, as well as lush landscaping designed in the early 1930s by notable landscape architect Ralph Cornell.  For details about all 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


Wednesday, 7/11, 6-8pm.  Intro to Plant Irrigation for Native Plants with RSABG Director of Horticulture Peter Evenas. How much and how often? Sprinkle or drip? Which emitters are best? What to look for in a control panel? Can I modify my sprinklers designed for lawn to devise a new system that will work well for natives? How to troubleshoot an older system. What about my oak tree? $20 members, $25 non-members. To register, please go to https://11213.blackbaudhosting.com/11213/tickets?tab=2&txobjid=4e1ae0da-79f1-4baf-aed5-5a295e84533c

San Diego Botanic Garden

230 Quail Gardens Drive
Encinitas CA 92024


Saturday & Sunday, 7/21 & 7/22, 9am-5pm.  Insect and Ladybug Festival 2018.  Thousands of fascinating creepy-crawlies including live insects, lizards, snakes, and the famous “Madagascar hissing cockroaches.” Children can practice bug collecting, hands-on insect arts and crafts, and even taste cooked mealworm larva (in various flavors such as mesquite, teriyaki, and barbeque!). Entomologists and other bug experts will be available for questions, and more than 20 informational booths will teach and entertain children and adults alike.

Santa Barbara County Horticultural Society

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


(No meeting in July)

South Coast Botanic Garden

26300 Crenshaw Blvd
Palos Verdes Peninsula 90274


(None for July)

Southern California Horticultural Society

Friendship Auditorium
3201 Riverside Drive
Los Angeles CA 90027


Thursday, 7/12, 7-9pm.  Phillip Rundel will speak about South Africa's Cape Flora and Namaqualand.

Theodore Payne Foundation

10459 Tuxford Street
Sun Valley 91352


Sunday, 7/1, 10am-noon.  Sunday in the Garden: Wilson/Leach, Altadena.  Our new Sunday morning series begins with a visit to the Altadena garden of landscape designer Wynne Wilson and her husband Brian Leach. This gorgeous foothills site combines California natives with choice exotics in formal and informal settings to create a suite of inviting garden rooms. During the talk and tour, the owners will describe their successes and learning experiences. The Wilson/Leach garden is a perennial favorite on our annual Garden Tour. Bring your hat, camera and water bottle. Light refreshments will be served. Limit: 20.  $40 members, $50 non-members.

Saturday, 7/7, 1:30-3:30pm.  Right Plant, Right Place with Lili Singer.  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 and select the best plants for your garden site. A valuable class for beginners and prerequisite for our Three-Part Native Garden Design Course. $25 members, $35 non-members.

Friday, 7/13, 9-10am.  Native Plant Maintenance Basics: a Walk and Talk with Steve Singer.  A demonstration and discussion of maintenance practices for the California native garden held in our own TPF gardens. Wear comfortable shoes, and bring your hat and water bottle. $15 members, $20 non-members.

Saturday, 7/14, 1:30-3:30pm.  Look, Ma, No Lawn! with Steve Gerischer.  Have you applied for a cash for grass rebate? Are you ready to lose the lawn? We'll explain how to take the turf out and offer alternatives for the space, specifically low-care native plants that need no fertilizer and use a fraction of the water required for turf. $25 members, $35 non-members. 

Saturday, 7/21, 1-3:30pm.  Irrigation Practices for Native Plant Gardens with Tim Becker.  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. $30 members, $40 non-members. 

Friday, 7/27.  Last day to register for Three-part California Native Plant Garden Design with Orchid Black, beginning Friday, August 3, 11:30am-3:30pm.  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.  Prerequisite: Right Plant, Right Place class (must be taken before first session of design course). $225 members, $275 member couples; $285 non-members, $335 non-member couples.

Saturday, 7/28, 1:30-3:30pm.  Seeds, Please: Collecting, Processing and Storing Native Plant Seed from Home Gardens with Genevieve Arnold.  Native seed ain’t just for the birds! This workshop guides you through the fun and easy experience of gathering, cleaning and saving seed from your own native plant garden. Seed-processing tools will be demonstrated, and you’ll leave with seed to start at home. Limit: 10. $30 members, $40 non-members.

University of California Riverside Botanic Garden

900 University Avenue
Riverside 92521


(None for July)

University of California South Coast Research & Extension Center

7601 Irvine Blvd
Irvine 92618


(None for July)
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