December 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

(None for December)

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

1750 North Altadena Drive
Pasadena 91107

(None for December)

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

1008 11th Street
Santa Monica 90403

(None for December)

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

16633 Magnolia Blvd
Encino 91436

Tuesday, 12/11, 7:30pm.  California Wildfires and Climate: Past, Present, Future Impact on Our Native Flora presented by John E Keeley, research scientist with US Geological Survey and adjunct professor at UCLA. 

Coastkeeper Garden

1560 East Santiago Canyon Road
Orange 92869

Saturday, 12/08/18, 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 December)

Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley

UCR Palm Desert
75080 Frank Sinatra Drive
Palm Desert 92211

(None for December)

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, 12/15, 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, 12/1, 2-4pm.  Evergreen Shrubs, Their Importance for Gardens and Health.

Fullerton Arboretum

1900 Associated Road
Fullerton 92831

Saturday & Sunday, 12/1 & 12/2, 10am-4pm. Cactus & Succulent Sale. A wide variety of vendors sell interesting, rare, and unique specimens. Proceeds from the sale helps support our environmental education programs, plant conservation, and the diverse gardens of the Fullerton Arboretum.

Saturdays, 12/8 and 12/22, 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, 12/16, 1 pm. Container Gardening in Southern California. Expert gardener Yvonne Savio will discuss advantages and disadvantages of growing in containers, including choosing pots and plants, basic gardening considerations, many successful techniques, and some fun container. $20/members; $25/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 TeachingGreenhouse, follow signs to the site. Repeats every Saturday.

Wednesday, 12/12, 2:30pm, Rothenberg Hall.  Book Talk & Signing -- GardenLust: A Botanical Tour of the World’s Best New Gardens.  For three years, award-winning horticulturist Chris Woods traveled the world seeking out contemporary gardens. In his book GardenLust, he celebrates 50 of the best. With wit and humor, Woods describes the most arresting features in public parks, botanic gardens, and private estates in locations ranging from New Delhi and Dubai to Chile and Australia. Throughout, he reveals the fascinating people, plants, and stories that make these gardens so lust-worthy. A book signing will follow the talk.

Thursday, 12/13, 2:30pm, Ahmanson Room, Brody Botanical Center.  Growing Healthy Soil.  Garett Long, research and outreach coordinator at Apricot Lane Farms, discusses how to build a healthier soil food web — the community of organisms living in the soil — to help grow healthier plants. A self-described “soil geek,” Long is particularly interested in the relationship between farming practices, soil health, and the nutritional quality of food. A plant sale will follow the program.

Thursday, 12/27, 4:30-5:30pm, Auditorium, Brody botanical Center.  Botany Bay Series:  Plant Science for Citizen Scientists.  Explore the wonders of the plant world through discussion and hands-on lab time in this series for “citizen scientists” 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

Saturday, December 1, 10am-12pm. The Re-Generation of Gardens with Shawn Maestretti, principal of Shawn Maestretti Garden Architecture (SMGA) and the creator of ‘The Re-Generation of Gardens.’ Join us for a presentation inspired by the synthesis of garden design, inspiration from nature, and the incorporation of natural processes into man-made landscapes. This presentation weaves together the importance of regenerative garden practices, the beauty of climate appropriate plants, and hands on tips for garden enthusiasts who want to deepen their connection to the soil, to nature and their gardens. One solution is to imagine and develop resilient gardens where humans and nature can grow and evolve together in a symbiotic relationship. LA County Arboretum members $25, non-members $35. Register online at For questions, call the Education Department at 626.821.4623.

Wednesday, December 5, 10am-12noon. Old Fashioned Wreath-Making Workshop with Marla Carter and Mary Hampton. Using fresh greens (both the traditional and the unusual) from the Arboretum grounds, plus an incredible variety of greens from the LA Flower Mart, to make a wreath to welcome in the holidays. All wreath materials, frame, and wire will be provided. LA County Arboretum members $35, non-members $45. Register online at For questions, call the Education Department at 626.821.4623.

Wednesday, December 5, 1:30-3:30pm. Plant Information: Grapes & Berries with LA County Arboretum Plant Information Consultant Frank McDonough. Learn about the selection, culture and care of the right grape or berry for your site. Register online at For questions, call the Education Department at 626.821.4623.  Repeats first Wednesdays.

Saturday, December 8, 10am-2pm. House Plants with LA County Arboretum Plant Information Consultant Frank McDonough. Learn how to select and care for indoor plants. LA County Arboretum members $25, non-members $35. Register online at For questions, call the Education Department at 626.821.4623.

Saturday, December 29, 11am. A Walking Tour: Aloes Spectacular! with LA County Arboretum Plant Information Consultant Frank McDonough. Enjoy the bright colors of aloes and learn about these tough, but beautiful plants. Free for LA County Arboretum members, free for non-members (with admission). No pre-registration required. For questions call 626.821.3222.

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

900 Exposition Blvd
Los Angeles 90007

Saturdays through December, 11am, Nature Gardens, just outside Nature Lab and under the bridge.   Nature Gardens Exploration.  Hands-on activity programs vary each week.

Sundays through December, 1pm, Nature Gardens, at the Rotunda steps.  Harvest Tour.  Join a Gardener to find out what we’re harvesting in our Edible Garden.   

Daily throughout December (closed for Christmas Day, December 25), 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.

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

(None in December)

Redlands Horticultural and Improvement Society

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

(None in December)

San Diego Botanic Garden

230 Quail Gardens Drive
Encinitas CA 92024

(None for December)

Santa Barbara County Horticultural Society

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

See website for updated info.

South Coast Botanic Garden

26300 Crenshaw Blvd
Palos Verdes Peninsula 90274

(None for December)

Southern California Horticultural Society

Friendship Auditorium
3201 Riverside Drive
Los Angeles CA 90027

Thursday, 12/13, 7-9pm.   Jo O'Connell of Australian Native Plant Nursery will speak on surviving the Thomas Fire and selected Australian plants, plus our annual Holiday Party (Bring a plate of sweet or savory food to share)! Note that this meeting will be held at the Canoga Park Women's Club, 7401 Jordan Ave, Canoga Park, CA 91303.

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 December)

University of California South Coast Research & Extension Center

7601 Irvine Blvd
Irvine 92618

(None for December)

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