September 2017

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, 9/9, 9am.  Garden Basics.  Dig right in to get a jumpstart on fall planting. Armstrong’s team of experts will share how to determine soil type and sunlight to provide attendees helpful tips for success. Learn the importance of mulching, planting, watering and more. No registration required for this free class.

Saturday, 9/23, 10am-2pm.  Meet the Designers.   Join us at select stores (Carlsbad, El Cajon, Irvine, La Canada, La Habra, Laguna Niguel, Monrovia, Morena, Newport Beach, San Juan Capistrano, Mission Valley, Santa Monica, Temecula, Thousand Oaks, Torrance) for this opportunity to meet with a garden design expert. Armstrong’s team of designers will give an overview of available services, show off portfolios of previous work and answer general landscape design questions. No registration required.

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

1750 North Altadena Drive
Pasadena 91107

Thursday, 9/28, 6:30pm.  Members’ Potluck Supper and Slide Show.  Bring your favorite dish to share, bring your own utensils. The slide show is an opportunity to show your favorite native-plant-related photographs. For the slide show, please select one to twelve photos that you would like to share. If you can, please identify the plants in each photograph with common names and/or botanical names, or the group can help identify them. And please tell us where you found the plants. Files can be JPG or other image formats, preferably at full resolution. Or, if you prefer, you can create your own PowerPoint or OpenOffice slides and send them. Details of how and when to submit your photos will be announced nearer the date.

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

1008 11th Street
Santa Monica 90403

(None for September)

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

16633 Magnolia Blvd
Encino 91436

Tuesday, 9/12, 7:30pm.  Insects and California Native Plants in Your Yard and Garden with Jim Hogue.  Program is free, and non-members are welcome.  For more info, contact or call 818-782-9346.

California Rare Fruit Growers - Foothill Chapter

Los Angeles County Arboretum, Lecture Hall A
301 North Baldwin Ave
Arcadia 91007

(None for September)

Coastkeeper Garden

1560 East Santiago Canyon Road
Orange 92869

Saturday, 9/9, 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

Saturday, 9/23, 9am-3pm.  Wet & Wonderful: Celebrating Our Precious Water. The start of Autumn is the perfect time to plan your water-wise garden. Get inspired at this day of fun and educational programming for the whole family. Enjoy a musical theatre-style performance of “H20, Where Did You Go?,” pick up a rain barrel (advance purchase recommended:, and get tips from experts on how to make your garden beautifully climate appropriate. Activities free with admission. More info:

Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley

UCR Palm Desert
75080 Frank Sinatra Drive
Palm Desert 92211

(None for September)

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, 9/16, 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

(None for September)

Fullerton Arboretum

1900 Associated Road
Fullerton 92831

Sunday, 9/10, 1-4pm.  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. We begin with basic photo concepts. Then we show how to apply graphic design to determine what people see. Next, we’ll show step-by-step sequences that illustrate practical approaches to effective photos. Over 500 photos show examples of what to do and what to avoid. Even advanced photographers find a few surprises!  $35 members, $40 non-members.

Sunday, 9/10, 1-4pm. Making Gourmet Cheese with Local Herbs. Learn how to make your own farmer cheese and make them gourmet with local herbs and spices. $45 members, $50 non-members.

Saturday, 9/16, 1-4pm. Basics of Home Composting. Arboretum's Education Program Manager Miguel Macias will show you how easy it is to start your own home composting system. Learn what to add into your heap and what absolutely needs to stay out of the pile. Once you put these skills to practice and begin to divert waste from overfilling landfills, you will feel like you are doing your part in saving the planet. $7 members, $10 non-members.Glendale Community Services & Parks Department

Deukmejian Wilderness Park

3429 Markridge Road
La Crescenta 91214

Saturday, 9/16, 8am-12noon.  Wilderness Workday.  Join us for a morning of tree-watering and removing invasive species.  Wear long pants and bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.  We’ll provide the tools, drinks, and snacks.  All participants must sign a liability waiver and minors must provide a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. 

Glendale Community Services & Parks Department
Experimental Forest – Verdugo Mountains

Hostetter Fire Road gate on La Tuna Canyon Road near the 210 freeway

(None for September)

Glendale Community Services & Parks Department
Glendale Narrows Riverwalk

300 Paula Avenue (corner of Garden Street)
Glendale 91201

Saturday, 9/9, 8am-12noon.  Riverwalk Workday.  Help us maintain the landscaped areas along the Los Angeles River.  Wear long pants and bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.  We’ll provide the tools, drinks, and snacks.  All participants must sign a liability waiver and minors must provide a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. 

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. From the Teaching Greenhouse, follow signs to the site. Repeats every Saturday.

Saturday, 9/2, 9am-5pm, Ahmanson Room, Brody Botanical Center.  34th Succulent Plants Symposium.  Succulent experts from across the United States will discuss topics ranging from time-lapse photography of cactus blooms to botanizing in South Africa. One of the program’s highlights will be a presentation by famed plant anatomist James Mauseth on some unexpected adaptations in desert plants. $85. Preregistration is required:  call 626-405-3504.

Tuesday, 9/5, 7:30pm, Rothenberg Hall.  East Asian Garden Lecture Series:  Cartographic Traditions in East Asian Maps.  Richard Pegg, Asian art curator of the private MacLean Collection in Chicago, will discuss the similarities and differences in representations of space, both real and imagined, in early modern maps created in China, Korea, and Japan. He will also examine the introduction of European map-making techniques into Asian cartographic traditions.

Thursday, 9/14, 2:30pm, Ahmanson Room, Brody Botanical Center.  Garden Talk & Sale:  The Have-It-All, Low-Water Landscape.  Learn how to envision spaces that accomplish everything you want from a garden—providing color, habitat, shade, and places for celebration—while using less water. Scott Kleinrock, conservation programs manager at the Chino Basin Water Conservation District, will cover plant selection and the basics of design while sharing the CBWCD’s newest resource, its Garden Planner website.

Saturday, 9/16, 9am, Ahmanson Room, Brody Botanical Center.  Master Gardener Clinic:  Compost 101.  Learn how to get started with composting in a one-hour clinic led by Los Angeles County Master Gardener Randy Thomson.  He’ll share his extensive knowledge gained working with the University of California Cooperative Extension and will explain best practices for turning kitchen scraps and yard trimmings into gardening gold.

Thursday, 9/21, 4:30-6pm, Auditorium, Brody Botanical Center.  Historia Plantarum.  Alain Touwaide, historian of botany, medicine, and medicinal plants, discusses related topics reaching as far back in time as Hippocrates and Cleopatra and into the modern era.

Thursday, 9/23, 4:30-5:30pm, Auditorium, Brody Botanical Center.  Botany Bay Series:  Plant Science for Gardeners and Citizen Scientists. Join Jim Folsom, the Telleen/Jorgensen Director of the Botanical Gardens, for an exploration of the wonders of the plant world through discussion and hands-on lab time. Attend one session, or participate every month.

Idyllwild Nature Center

25225 Highway 243
Idyllwild 92549

(None for September)

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, 9/6, 1:30-3pm.  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.

Thursday, 9/14, 9:30am-12noon.  What’s Happening in Gardening.  What's Happening in Gardening: Garden Rocks with Nancy Bird.  Colorful rocks go a long way to adding points of interest to your yard. And you can find them for free on Bureau of Land Management property - our land! Nancy will have handouts of the rules, maps, and resources. All 3 types of rocks - sedimentary (for instance sandstone), igneous (volcanic), and metamorphic (one that has changed) - will be displayed. She is Past President of 2 Gem & Mineral Societies and the Year Around Garden Club in Whittier, for which she is in charge of horticulture. What's Happening in Gardening is hosted by Matt-Dell & Rebecca Tufenkian on 8 Thursdays.  $140 for the series or $25 per class.  Pre-reservations or you may pay at the door. Information and registration: 626-821-4623 or

Saturday, 9/16, 10am-12noon.  Plant Combinations for Pots with Laramee Haynes.  Arranging plants in pots involves the same art and science issues as a large garden. Laramee discusses the art of combining plants and which plants really last in pots. Laramee and his company, Haynes Landscape Design, have been designing and building gardens in the Pasadena area for over 15 years. $25 Arboretum members, $35 non-members (Includes Arboretum Admission).  Register by calling 626-821-4623 or pay at the class.

Thursday, 9/21, 9:30am-12noon.  What's Happening in Gardening: Beekeeping: A Symbiotic Relationship with Erika WainDecker.  Bees play a significant role in our lives, but the relationship between the beekeep and the ladies is one that is seldom explored. Erika WainDecker, co-owner of Klausesbees, will relate her experience of being a “Guardian of the Bee.”  What's Happening in Gardening is hosted by Matt-Dell & Rebecca Tufenkian on 8 Thursdays.  $140 for the series or $25 per class.  Pre-reservations or you may pay at the door. Information and registration: 626-821-4623 or

Thursday, 9/28, 9:30am-12noon.  What's Happening in Gardening: Gardening for your Dining Table with Christine Anthony.  Christine will offer great tips of Fall plant and fruit tree choices with an eye towards cooking delicious Fall and Winter meals. She is the Renee's Garden Seeds representative to The Arboretum and a UCCE Master Gardener.  She shares practical tips learned from life long experience in the garden and the kitchen. Please be prepared to share your recipe ideas and gardening tips, too. What's Happening in Gardening is hosted by Matt-Dell & Rebecca Tufenkian on 8 Thursdays.  $140 for the series or $25 per class.  Pre-reservations or you may pay at the door. Information and registration: 626-821-4623 or

Saturday, 9/30, 12-2pm.  Creating Your Own Butterfly Hub with Arboretum Gardener Bryan Burks.  Tour the multitude of different butterfly & plant partnerships present at the Arboretum, learning plant species and techniques to foster your own thriving butterfly communities. $25 Arboretum members, $35 non-members (includes Arboretum admission).  Register by calling 626-821-4623 or pay at the class.Mojave Desert Land Trust Center for Conservation Initiatives

60124 29 Palms Hwy
Joshua Tree, CA 92252

(None for September)

Morongo Basin Conservation Association

(None for September)

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

900 Exposition Blvd
Los Angeles 90007

(None for September)

Rancho Los Cerritos

4600 Virginia Road
Long Beach 90807

Saturday, 9/16, 10-11:30am. Stories from the Garden: African Plants. Plant expert Frank McDonough visits the Rancho from his home base at the Los Angeles Arboretum to discuss African plants. Learn about these warm-weather plants’ journeys to California. $8 general, $5 students.  For more information, visit

Every Saturday and Sunday, 1-5pm.  Free 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

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

1500 North College Avenue
Claremont 91711

Sunday, 9/3, 8-9:30am. Free Beginner's Bird Walk. Take a leisurely walk through the garden and spot the numerous bird species that migrate through the region. Sponsored by the Pomona Valley Audubon Society. To register, please go to .

Saturday, 9/16, 8-9:30am.  Free Family Bird Walk. Join Chris Verma of Wild Birds Unlimited for this family-friendly bird walk through the Garden. To register, please go to  

Saturday and Sunday, 9/23 and 9/24, 9am-5pm.  Botany 101.  In this two-day class, take your passion for plants to the next level with an introduction to botany. You will be introduced to plants' physiology from their roots to their shoots, and will explore concepts of their biological evolution, taxonomy, and ecology. This class will provide you with a larger overview of the diversity of plants found all around us and equip you with a grounded set of plant ID skills. $125 members, $150 non-members.  To register, please contact .

Saturday, 9/30, 10am-1pm.  California Herb Walk. Join herbalist William Broen for a garden walk featuring medicinal and edible California plants. You will discover traditional and modern uses of over 20 species. $20 members, $25 non-members. To register, please go to .

San Diego Botanic Garden

230 Quail Gardens Drive
Encinitas CA 92024

(None for September)

Santa Barbara County Horticultural Society

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

Wednesday, 9/6, 7pm.  Monthly meeting.  Plant Forum.  Free plant exchange prior to meeting, refreshments, and after the speaker there is a plant raffle where tickets cost only 25 cents.  Repeats First Wednesdays.  Website also lists meetings of other local horticultural organizations, including SBC Rose Society, The Santa Barbara Little Gardens, Orchid Society of Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara/Ventura Chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers, Santa Barbara Cactus & Succulent Society, and Arroyo Hondo Preserve.

Saturday, 9/23, 10am-3pm.  Annual Santa Barbara County Horticultural Society Plant Sale.  Hundreds of specialty vendor and member-grown plant varieties available, including exotics, natives, bromeliads, succulents, annuals, perennials, grasses, cacti.  Related items also for sale.  Raffle table of specimen plants and other items.  Admission and parking are free. Proceeds benefit the SBCHS Scholarship Program.

South Coast Botanic Garden

26300 Crenshaw Blvd
Palos Verdes Peninsula 90274

Saturday and Sunday, 9/16, 9am-5pm, and 9/17, 9am-4pm.  South Bay Orchid Society Show and Sale. 

Southern California Horticultural Society

Friendship Auditorium
3201 Riverside Drive
Los Angeles CA 90027

Thursday, 9/14, 6-9pm.  2017 Horticulturist of the Year Banquet honoring Randy Baldwin.  At the Los Angeles Arboretum, in the Peacock CafĂ©. Tickets ($45) are available for purchase -- see to register.

Theodore Payne Foundation

10459 Tuxford Street
Sun Valley 91352

Saturday, 9/9, 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 the conditions of your garden site, including climate, soil, sunlight and space. A valuable class for beginners and the prerequisite for our Three-Part Native Garden Design Course. $25 TPF members, $35 non-members.

Fridays, 9/15, 9/29, & 10/13, 11:30am-3:30pm. Three-Part California Native Garden Design Course with Laura Bauer. This comprehensive class for homeowners offers a sound foundation in design styles and process, the importance of sustainability, and how to model a garden after patterns in nature. Prerequisite: TPF’s Right Plant, Right Place class (must be taken before the first design class).  $225 TPF members, $275 non-members; $285 TPF member couples, $335 non-member couples.

Saturdays, 9/16, 9/30 & 10/14, 9am-1pm. Three-Part California Native Garden Design Course with Andreas Hessing.  This comprehensive class for homeowners offers a sound foundation in design styles and process, the importance of sustainability, and how to model a garden after patterns in nature. Prerequisite: TPF’s Right Plant, Right Place class (must be taken before the first design class).  $225 TPF members, $275 non-members; $285 TPF member couples, $335 non-member couples.

Saturday, 9/16, 1:30-3:00pm.  All About Oaks: Selection, Care and Laws with Jan Scow.  Which native oaks work where? What are their watering and establishment needs? How do local and regional laws affect oaks on your property? How do you properly prune and protect your oaks? $20 TPF members, $30 non-members.

Saturday, 9/23, 1-3:30pm.  Irrigation Practices for Native Plant Gardens with Carol Armour Aronson.  This class for home gardeners discusses irrigation principles, techniques and equipment best suited for native plant landscapes – with practical examples, a demonstration of TPF's irrigation system and plenty of time for questions. $30 TPF members, $40 non-members.

Saturday, 9/23, 1:30-3:30pm.  Groovy Grasses with Carol Bornstein.  There are more than 10,000 species of grasses worldwide. We eat and drink them, build with them, and play on them. This class reveals garden-worthy California grasses for use as low-care alternatives to a water-guzzling lawn, as valuable wildlife habitat, or simply to add movement and texture to the landscape. Class includes an exploration of grasses and grass-like plants in TPF’s demonstration gardens. $25 TPF members, $35 non-members.

Saturday, September 30, 2-3:00pm.  Sustainable Slopes with Joshua Link.  This talk offers the fundamentals of gardening on uneven ground using native plants and light-on-the-land construction methods for stabilization and erosion control. $15 TPF members, $20 non-members.

University of California Riverside Botanic Garden

900 University Avenue
Riverside 92521

(None for September)

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