February 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

www.armstronggarden.com/

Saturday, 2/10, 9am.  Orchids.  Orchids add beauty and elegance to any home. Learn how easy taking care of orchids can really be from Armstrong’s gardening instructors. No registration required for this free class.

Saturday, 2/24, 9am.  Gardening for Beginners.  The mission of Armstrong Garden Centers is to take the guesswork out of gardening. Participants will learn the basics and gain the confidence to grow anything. No registration required for this free class.

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

1750 North Altadena Drive
Pasadena 91107
818-398-5420

http://cnps-sgm.org/

Thursday, 2/22, 7:30pm.  Talks from two of our members, Katie Gallagher and Keir Morse, who were recipients of a stipend from our chapter to attend the CNPS Conservation Conference in February 2018. 1.  Tamarisk control in maritime succulent scrub: Method refinement for region-wide control in Baja California with Katie Gallagher.  Tamarisk or saltcedar is an invasive tree that grows all over the deserts of North America. It grows in maritime succulent scrub habitat, an ecosystem in Baja California that is dominated by drought deciduous shrubs and succulents. Katie Gallagher is experimenting with tamarisk populations on nature preserves to find control methods that are the least impactful to the ecosystem. Which equipment and how much manpower is needed? What is the most effective way to cut and treat the trees? After mapping, performing a pilot treatment, and monitoring success, the results are in! We are on our way to controlling the tamarisk populations for the benefit of the land.  Katie Gallagher is a professional botanist at an environmental consulting company in Pasadena, California. She has a decade of experience studying and working with plants inside and outside of California. Her passion is exploring the flora of unfamiliar lands, including Baja California, and she enjoys volunteering her skills for conservation and habitat restoration.  2.  Bush Mallows, The Genus Malocothamnus with Keir Morse.  Malacothamnus is a genus of fire-following shrubs native to California, Arizona, and Baja California. Delineation of taxa within the genus is controversial due to many overlapping morphological characteristics. This in turn makes identification difficult. This presentation introduces the genus, focusing on characteristics that can be useful for identification and avenues that Kier intends to research to resolve the taxonomy. Keir Morse is a PhD student at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden and Claremont Graduate University studying the taxonomy of the genus Malacothamnus. He has 21 years of experience as a professional field botanist throughout much of the U.S. but mostly in California. He is well known for his diagnostic botanical photography and has more than 36,000 photos available on the Calphotos website to help people with plant identification.

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

1008 11th Street
Santa Monica 90403
818-782-9346

www.lacnps.org

(None for February)

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

16633 Magnolia Blvd
Encino 91436
818-782-9346

www.lacnps.org

(None for February)

California Rare Fruit Growers - Foothill Chapter

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

www.foothillcrfg.org

(None for February)

Coastkeeper Garden

1560 East Santiago Canyon Road
Orange 92869
714-850-1965

www.coastkeeper.org

Saturday, 2/10, 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  https://www.facebook.com/groups/CoastkeeperGardenShareRepeats second Saturdays. 

Descanso Gardens

1418 Descanso Drive
La Canada Flintridge 91011
818-949-7980

www.descansogardens.org

Saturday, 2/10, 10am.  Cycads Demystified - the Who, What, Where, When and Why Revealed! Enjoy a talk and walk led by Jeff Chemnick, a research associate at the Ganna Walska Lotusland botanical garden in Santa Barbara and an authority on Mexican cycads. Free to members; $10 non-members. Advance registration required at www.descansogardens.org

Saturday & Sunday, 2/14 & 2/15.  Celebrating Camellias with The Southern California Camellia Society. The Southern California Camellia Society is partnering with Descanso Gardens to present a weekend of activities celebrating Camellia Month, including Camellia walks with James Fitzpatrick (SoCal Camellia Council President) or Dr. Bradford King (SoCal Camellia Society President) and Floral Arranging Demonstrations by George Harrison (Pacific Camellia Society President). All activities are free with admission. Check www.descansogardens.org for times.

Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley

UCR Palm Desert
75080 Frank Sinatra Drive
Palm Desert 92211
760-902-0797

www.deserthorticulturalsociety.org

(None for February)

Eaton Canyon Nature Center      

1750 North Altadena Drive
Pasadena 91107
626-398-5420

http://www.ecnca.org/

Every Wednesday, and second Sunday, 10am.  Eaton Canyon Gardening Group.  Volunteers maintain the garden. 

Saturday, 2/17, 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
562-570-1745

http://www.longbeach.gov/park/park-and-facilities/parks-centers-pier/el-dorado-nature-center/

Saturday, 2/3, 2-4pm.  Plants of the Sonoran Desert: Their Use in Local Gardens.

Fullerton Arboretum

1900 Associated Road
Fullerton 92831
657-278-3407

www.fullertonarboretum.org

Saturdays, 2/10 and 2/24, 10am. Free 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. Free Nature Tours are held every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month.

Glendale Community Services & Parks Department

Deukmejian Wilderness Park

3429 Markridge Road
La Crescenta 91214
818-548-3795

http://www.glendaleca.gov/government/city-departments/community-services-parks

(None for February)

Glendale Community Services & Parks Department
Experimental Forest – Verdugo Mountains

Hostetter Fire Road gate on La Tuna Canyon Road near the 210 freeway
818-548-3795

http://www.glendaleca.gov/government/city-departments/community-services-parks

(None for February)

Glendale Community Services & Parks Department
Glendale Narrows Riverwalk

300 Paula Avenue (corner of Garden Street)
Glendale 91201
818-548-3795

http://www.glendaleca.gov/government/city-departments/community-services-parks

(None for February)

Huntington Botanical Gardens

1151 Oxford Road
San Marino 91108
626-405-2100

www.huntington.org

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 and Sunday, 2/10 & 2/11; Saturday 1-5pm, Sunday 10am-5pm; Brody Botanical Center.  46th Annual Camellia Show and Sale, co-sponsored by the Southern California Camellia Society. Hundreds of gorgeous blooms will compete for top honors.  View the exhibits, shop for camellia plants to grow at home, and get some expert tips on care and cultivation. Make a day of it by exploring acres of blooming camellias in the gardens.

Tuesday, 2/20, 7:30pm, Rothenberg Hall.  East Asian Gardens Lecture Series:  The Introduction of Japanese Plants into North America.  Through the pioneering work of collectors and nurserymen, many new species of Japanese plants were introduced to the American gardening public in the late 19th century. Peter Del Tredici, senior research scientist, emeritus, of the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University, will examine the history behind these early introductions, some of which had a profound impact on both cultivated and wild landscapes across America.

Saturday and Sunday, 2/24 and 2/25, 10am-5pm, Brody Botanical Center.  Bonsai-a-Thon.  Southern California bonsai masters will share their passion for the art form in this annual event that includes exhibits, demonstrations, prize drawings, a “bonsai bazaar,” and a live auction at 3 p.m. each day. Proceeds from the event support the Golden State Bonsai Collection at The Huntington.

Idyllwild Nature Center

25225 Highway 243
Idyllwild 92549
951-659-3850

http://www.rivcoparks.org/education/idyllwild-nature-center/idyllwild-nature-center/ 

(None for February)

J Paul Getty Museum – Getty Center

1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles 90049
310-440-7300

www.getty.edu/museum

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
310-440-7300

www.getty.edu/museum

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
626-821-4623

www.arboretum.org/

Thursday, 2/1, 9:30am-12noon.  What’s Happening In Gardening:  Field Trip: Private Garden in Pasadena with David Le& Family.  David Le has been an avid plant lover for years and a long-time member of numerous plant clubs. As a gift to his parents, he completely re-built the landscape of their house with the plants he had learned about in his plant club experience.  Hosted by Matt-Dell & Rebecca Tufenkian.  Each class begins with an open discussion which may or may not include: show & tell, current events, culture tips, pest problems, and introductions of new plants. All classes in this series are eligible for Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) and UC Master Gardener Continuing Education Units.  $140 for 8-Thursdays series or $25 per class.  With Reservation or you may pay at the door. Information and registration: call 626-821-4623 or email ted.tegart@arboretum.org.

Saturday, 2/3, 190am-12noon.  Wild Mushroom Identification with Jerry Turney.  Jerry will cover the main characteristics of mushrooms used to identify mushrooms, including the major genera and species common in Southern California and where they are likely to be found. The most common wild edible mushrooms and those that are poisonous will be covered. The edibility of many mushrooms is not known as they are either too small or woody to be of interest. A one-hour walk through the gardens will follow the lecture to look for mushrooms and other interesting fungi.  $25 members, $35 non-members.  To Register please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class

Wednesday, 2/7, 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, 2/8, 9:30am-12noon.  What’s Happening In Gardening.  The Family Geraniaceae, with Manny Rivera.  Manny Rivera will cover the history and discovery of the family Geraniaceae and bring in plants from his personal collection to show. He has been a member of San Gabriel Valley Cactus and Succulent Society for 23 years and the Show Chairman for the last 13 years. He was also a past President of the LA Geranium Society for 4 years. Hosted by Matt-Dell & Rebecca Tufenkian.  Each class begins with an open discussion which may or may not include: show & tell, current events, culture tips, pest problems, and introductions of new plants. All classes in this series are eligible for Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) and UC Master Gardener Continuing Education Units.  $140 for 8-Thursdays series or $25 per class.  With Reservation or you may pay at the door. Information and registration: call 626-821-4623 or email ted.tegart@arboretum.org.

Thursday, 2/15, 9:30-12noon.  Gardener Profile:  Arboretum Gardener Timothy Moynahan.  Timothy Moynahan is celebrating his 13th anniversary at the Arboretum today. Over the years, he has cared for Tallc Knoll, the Palm, and Bamboo sections. Currently, he maintains the Prehistoric Forest. Timothy brings a well-rounded life experience to his work having been an accomplished trumpet player traveling all over the world with the ska band, The Untouchables. This is the first of a new series, where we will visit with Arboretum employees and learn what they do on an annual and quarterly basis to maintain their sections.  Hosted by Matt-Dell & Rebecca Tufenkian.  Each class begins with an open discussion which may or may not include: show & tell, current events, culture tips, pest problems, and introductions of new plants. All classes in this series are eligible for Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) and UC Master Gardener Continuing Education Units.  $140 for 8-Thursdays series or $25 per class.  With Reservation or you may pay at the door. Information and registration: call 626-821-4623 or email ted.tegart@arboretum.org.

Saturday, 2/17, 10am, Crescent Farm.  Strategies for Infiltrating Water in the Garden with Crescent Farm staff Leigh Adams and John Latsko.  Learn how to incorporate techniques for capturing rain water in your landscape. Explore the topographical features of the Crescent that were created to infiltrate run-off and simultaneously build soil. The Crescent Farm, located in the heart of the Arboretum just west of Baldwin Lake, is a reclaimed landscape where we explore new and ancient horticulture techniques for water conservation and food production. This is an educational training series.  Please bring gloves, drinking water; wear close-toed shoes and a hat. 

Thursday, 2/22, 9:30-12noon.  Orchid Curator Julie Norman.  Julie Norman has been the Orchid Curator for the Arboretum for 30 years. She will lead a tour of the Tropical Greenhouse, and offer an exclusive tour of the Orchid Greenhouse that is not open to the public. She will also share her culture tips and practices for working with Orchids. Hosted by Matt-Dell & Rebecca Tufenkian.  Each class begins with an open discussion which may or may not include: show & tell, current events, culture tips, pest problems, and introductions of new plants. All classes in this series are eligible for Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) and UC Master Gardener Continuing Education Units.  $140 for 8-Thursdays series or $25 per class.  With Reservation or you may pay at the door. Information and registration: call 626-821-4623 or email ted.tegart@arboretum.org.

Saturday, 2/24, 10am-12noon.  Raised Bed Gardening with Matthew Geldin of Farmscape.  Do you grow food in raised garden beds? After installing and maintaining hundreds of raised bed gardens, we’ve learned a thing or two by now. Join us for a workshop that will cover picking the right soil for your raised bed, manual and automatic irrigation techniques, garden planning, and seasonal growing tips to help you achieve abundant harvests in your vegetable garden!  $25 members, $35 non-members.  To Register please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class

Through 6/23, Tuesday-Friday 8:30am-5:30pm, Saturday 8:30am-5pm, Sunday 12-4pm, Library.  Pamela Burgess art exhibition, "the naturalist's desk: language + landscape," explores the concept, beauty, and meaning of landscape, including drawings and poetry, sculpture and photography, selections from the Library's book collection, artwork based on specimens found in the Botanic Garden, and an oversized cabinet of curiosities. 

Mojave Desert Land Trust Center for Conservation Initiatives

60124 29 Palms Hwy
Joshua Tree, CA 92252
760-366-5440

www.mojavedesertlandtrust.org

(None for February)

Morongo Basin Conservation Association

www.mbconservation.org

(None for February)

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

900 Exposition Blvd
Los Angeles 90007
213-763-3466

www.nhm.org/

Second Saturdays, February through July; 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.

Rancho Los Cerritos

4600 Virginia Road
Long Beach 90807
562-206-2040

http://www.rancholoscerritos.org/

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/

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

1500 North College Avenue
Claremont 91711
909-625-8767

rsabg.org

Saturday, 2/3, 10-11am. Grow Native Nursery Workshop: Container Gardening. Get some useful tips for growing and maintaining native plants in pots - perfect for patio and balcony gardens or for adding an interest point to larger spaces. To register, please email gnnclaremont@rsabg.org.

Sunday, 2/4, 8-9:30am.  Free Family Bird Walk. Take a leisurely walk through the Garden and spot the numerous bird species that migrate through the region. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring binoculars if you have them; limited loaner binoculars may be available during the walk. Sponsored by the Pomona Valley Audubon Society. To register, please go to http://www.rsabg.org/bird-walks.

Sunday, 2/4, 10am-1pm. Medicinal Plants of California Herb Walk. Join experienced herbalist William Broen for an interactive garden walk and presentation featuring medicinal and edible plants native to California. Participants will learn both traditional and modern plant uses of approximately 30 species, as well as relevant folklore. $20 members, $25 non-members.  To register, please go to http://rsabg.org/classes.

Saturday, 2/17, 8-9am. 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 http://www.rsabg.org/bird-walks.

Saturday, 2/17, 10-11am. Grow Native Nursery Workshop: Growing & Eating CA Native Plants. Learn how to grow and maintain California native plants for use in the kitchen. Tap into the incredible and diverse flavors of California in a responsible and green way. To register, please email gnnclaremont@rsabg.org.

Sunday, 2/18, 10am-3pm.  Family Bird Festival. Flock to the Garden for a fun-filled day celebrating our feathered friends. During the year, over 150 different species of birds may visit the Garden. How many will you see? Take the Migration Challenge - make avian art, pose with a live raptor and enjoy many other activities. Sponsored by Wild Birds Unlimited of Claremont and the Pomona Valley Audubon Society.

Saturday, 2/24, 10-11am. Prickles, Spines & Thorns, Oh My! You may not care what botanical structure is inch-deep in your leg in the heat of the moment, but in this pain-free workshop, you'll learn all about the origins, functions and distinct structures of battle-ready plants! This workshop with Cactaceae expert Mark Porter, PhD, will include an interactive tour of the Game of Thorns exhibition and a discussion on the prickly, thorny and spiny plants that make our world painfully fun. $10 members, $15 non-members. To register, please go to http://rsabg.org/classes.

San Diego Botanic Garden

230 Quail Gardens Drive
Encinitas CA 92024
760-436-3036

http://www.sdbgarden.org

(None for February)

Santa Barbara County Horticultural Society

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
909 N La Cumbre Road
Santa Barbara 93110
805-684-5725

www.sbchs.org

First Wednesdays, 7pm.  Monthly meeting.  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.

South Coast Botanic Garden

26300 Crenshaw Blvd
Palos Verdes Peninsula 90274
310-544-1948

www.southcoastbotanicgarden.org/

(None for February)

Southern California Horticultural Society

Friendship Auditorium
3201 Riverside Drive
Los Angeles CA 90027
818-567-1496

http://www.socalhort.org/

Thursday, 2/8, 7-9pm.  Jeff Chemnick will discuss his recent trip to Mexico.  Admission is free for members, children, and students with ID, and $5 for non-members.

Theodore Payne Foundation

10459 Tuxford Street
Sun Valley 91352
818-768-1802

theodorepayne.org

Thursday, 2/1, 8-10am. First Thursday Bird Walk with Ken Gilliland. Join a passionate local birder for an easy morning ramble on TPF grounds, where more than 50 different species of birds have been seen. Bring your binoculars, hat and water. Repeats first Thursdays through May.

Friday, 2/2, 5pm.  Last day to register for Three-Part Native Garden Design with Andreas Hessing, beginning February 10.  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. Students will devise a base/plot plan, implementing knowledge of hardscape materials, irrigation, soils and more. $225 TPF members, $275 nonmembers; $285 member couples, $335 nonmember couples.

Saturday, 2/3, 9am-12noon.  First Saturday Volunteer Day at TPF.  Join the Theodore Payne Foundation family of volunteers to clear, clean, plant, mulch, prune and perform other tasks to spruce up the grounds and show how beautiful native plant gardens can be. Bring hat, gloves, knee pads and other tools for personal use. TPF will provide shovels, trowels, rakes, loppers, hoes, pruners and refreshments. Repeats first Saturdays through June.

Friday, 2/9, 5pm.  Last day to register for Three-Part Native Garden Design with Carol Armour Aronson, beginning February 17.  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. Students will devise a base/plot plan, implementing knowledge of hardscape materials, irrigation, soils and more. $225 TPF members, $275 nonmembers; $285 member couples, $335 nonmember couples.

Saturday, 2/10, 9am-noon.  Propagating California Native Plants with Jordan Isken.  Learn basic skills of vegetative propagation with TPF’s Propagation Manager! Various species of native plants will be discussed and started from cuttings or divisions in this hands-on session, and you’ll leave with a flat of starts for your own garden!  Limit: 10. $50 TPF members, $60 non-members

Saturday, 2/10, 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. A valuable class for beginners and the prerequisite for our Three-Part Native Garden Design Course. $25 TPF members, $35 non-members.

Friday, 2/23, 9am-noon.  Propagating California Native Plants with Jordan Isken.  Learn basic skills of vegetative propagation with TPF’s Propagation Manager! Various species of native plants will be discussed and started from cuttings or divisions in this hands-on session, and you’ll leave with a flat of starts for your own garden!  Limit: 10. $50 TPF members, $60 non-members.

Saturday, 2/24, 9-10am.  Wild Flower Hill: A Guided Hike with Asher Guzik.  Explore TPF’s Wild Flower Hill to learn about native plant communities, discover local species, and see what’s currently in bloom. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, long pants and sun protection, and bring a refillable water bottle. We'll meet rain or shine. Gardeners of all ages are welcome! $10 TPF members, $15 non-members.

University of California Riverside Botanic Garden

900 University Avenue
Riverside 92521
951-784-6962

http://gardens.ucr.edu

(None for February)
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