October 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, 10/14, 9am.  Cool Season Edibles.  There are wonderful assortments of healthy, great tasting vegetables to plant for fall, winter and early spring. Attendees will find out which varieties are best to plant. No registration required for this free class.

Saturday, 10/21, 9am.  Pumpkin with Succulents Make & Take.  Create a fun and unique planter for any porch or patio using a carved pumpkin. Registration and a $49 fee are required at www.ArmstrongGarden.com .

Saturday, 10/28, 9am.  Kids Halloween Make & Take.  This free class is sure to be a treat for parents and children alike. Kids will plant a Halloween inspired container. Basic gardening principles will be introduced. Space is limited.  Registration is required at www.ArmstrongGarden.com

California Garden and Landscape Society


Friday-Sunday, 10/27-29, Riviera Hotel, Palm Springs.  Annual Conference. Palm Springs:  Playground to the Stars.  Palm Springs has been Hollywood’s desert playground since the 1920s. A haven for the rich and famous to relax in peace and obscurity, the area also boasts a complex and interesting cultural history. The Agua Caliente Band of the Cahuilla Indians lived in adjacent canyons for centuries, drawn to the area for the hot mineral springs, which were considered sacred. Later, Spanish explorers became enchanted by the native flora and fauna, calling the area, “La Palma de la Mano de Dios,” or “The Palm of the God’s Hand.” Our conference will explore this fascinating history, and also focus on a broad review of the designed landscape and the practitioners responsible for the evolution of 20th century modernism, including the sanatoriums of the early 1900s, fashionable resorts and western-themed dude ranches of the 1920s, Spanish Colonial-Revival estates, ranch-inspired homes, and the Modernist buildings of Palm Springs.  The California Garden and Landscape History Society (CGLHS) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization devoted to: celebrating the beauty and diversity of California's historic gardens and landscapes; promoting wider knowledge, preservation, and restoration of California's historic gardens and landscapes; organizing study visits to historic gardens and landscapes as well as to relevant archives and libraries; and offering opportunities for a lively interchange among members at meetings, garden visits and other events. The Society organizes annual conferences and publishes Eden, a quarterly journal. Registration Fees (before September 4th): CGLHS Members $325, Non-Members/Guest $365.  Registration Fees (after September 4th):  CGLHS Members $370, Non-Members/Guest $410.  For more information, see www.cglhs.org or email info@cglhs.org .

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

1750 North Altadena Drive
Pasadena 91107


Thursday, 10/26, 7:30pm.  Native Bees Are Our Main Pollinators with Hartmut Wisch.  This illustrated talk explores the great diversity of bees that have co-evolved with California's native flora. Approximately 1,600 species of bees are known to be native to California. Some bees are generalists pollinating a variety of flowers from different plant families; others are more specialized. This informative presentation featuring beautiful images of our native bees will cover all six recognized families of bees (Anthophila). Hartmut Wisch discovered a love for macro photography and a fascination with the diversity of our insect fauna after working for 35 years as a naturalist-guide, taking European visitors through western North America. His special interest is in observing and identifying our native bees. He is a contributing editor at www.bugguide.net (Iowa State U. Entomology), and member of the Lorquin Entomological Society.

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

1008 11th Street
Santa Monica 90403


Tuesday, 10/10, 7:30-9:30pm.  Drought and Beetle Impacts to Native Trees with Rosi Dagit, Senior Conservation Biologist, Resource Conservation District for the Santa Monica Mountains.

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

16633 Magnolia Blvd
Encino 91436


Saturday and Sunday, 10/14 & 10/15, 10am-3pm.  Plant Sale.  Hundreds of California native plants along with seeds, gardening books, used books, natural history books, hiking and nature guides. CNPS experts available to help you pick the perfect plant for your home garden. Members get 10% discount and pre-enty at 9:30am Saturday only (must show current membership card).

California Rare Fruit Growers - Foothill Chapter

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


(None for October)

Coastkeeper Garden

1560 East Santiago Canyon Road
Orange 92869


Saturday, 10/14, 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 & Sunday, 10/14 & 15, 9am-5pm.  Japanese Garden Festival. Celebrate Descanso’s Japanese Garden with an Ikebana display, the art of Japanese flower arranging, from the Sogetsu School of Ikebana.  On Saturday at 10am, Dr. Kendall Brown, professor of Asian art history and author of the new book Visionary Landscapes will present a talk about Japanese-style gardens, followed by a book-signing and walk through the Japanese Garden.

Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley

UCR Palm Desert
75080 Frank Sinatra Drive
Palm Desert 92211


Wednesday, 10/18, 6pm.  Understanding the botanical diversity in your backyard: the flora of Joshua Tree National Park.  University of California Palm Desert, 75080 Frank Sinatra Dr, Palm Desert, CA 92211.  Using Joshua Tree National Park as a case example, we will explore the “Who, What, Why, Where, and When” of the floristic diversity found in the California deserts. This region harbors some of the more pristine habitats in California and remains a place of great botanical opportunity. For example, in JTNP over 100 plant taxa have been added to our species list in the past 15 years, including several newly described (new to science) species. Currently, there are 732 vascular plants documented within the boundaries of JTNP: annuals represent the dominant life-form (~50%); over 90 taxa are considered summer bloomers; and only 7% are considered non-native. By studying the JTNP flora, we can then begin to appreciate the diversity found throughout the California deserts. Tasha La Doux, Ph.D., Botany, currently works full-time as the Assistant Director of the UC Sweeney Granite Mountains Desert Research Center and part-time as the Botanist at Joshua Tree National Park. Her research interests include: reproductive biology in plants, rare plant management, and floristics. She is currently working on publishing a book titled “The Flora of Joshua Tree National Park.” She has published numerous manuscripts on plant reproductive biology, population genetics, and floristic surveys.  Plant exchange before the meeting @ 5:30 PM in the parking lot. Bring pups, cuttings, plants to share with others. Even if you cannot bring plants feel free to adopt and watch your garden grow. For more information and registration information, go to https://deserthorticulturalsociety.org/events/2017/10/meeting-and-presentation/

Saturday, 10/28, 8:30am-1pm, UCR Palm Desert, 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive, Pallm Desert, CA 92211.  12th Annual Desert Garden Community Day.  Learn how to create and maintain a lush, low-water garden through exhibits, informational booths and workshops on desert plant selection, garden design, proper pruning techniques and much more. For more information, go to https://deserthorticulturalsociety.org/events/2017/10/12th-annual-desert-garden-community-day/

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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, 10/21, 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, 10/14, 9:30am-2pm.  Plant Sale.  California native plants suitable for our area, including many drought-tolerant plants from around the globe.  All proceeds support the Friends of El Dorado Nature Center habitat enhancement programs.  9-9:30am Preview for members; memberships available at the door.

Fullerton Arboretum

1900 Associated Road
Fullerton 92831


Saturdays, 10/14 and 10/28, 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.

Saturday, 10/21, 9am. Medicinal and Edible Plants of SoCal with William Broen. Plants are incredible sources of medicine and nutrition. Herbalist William Broen illuminates the many fascinating uses, both past and present, of various California native plants, discussing elderberry, white sage, yerba santa, manzanita, live oak and stinging nettles, among other plant species.  $35 members, $40 non-members.

Saturday, 10/28, 10am. Pruning Shrubs and Small Trees with Arborist Ismael Vargas.  With 30 plus years of experience, Ismael will teach you the basics on pruning shrubs and small trees. $20 members, $25 non-members.

Saturday, 10/28, 10-11:30am, Arboretum bleachers. Composting with Worms with Miguel Macias. Learn how to build a compost heap with food scraps and yard waste, and to introduce and maintain worms in your home composting system. When worms do the composting work for you, you get the reward of rich “fluffy” soil that works wonders in your garden. $7 members, $10 non-members.Glendale Community Services & Parks Department
Deukmejian Wilderness Park

3429 Markridge Road
La Crescenta 91214


Saturday, 10/6, 6:30-8:30pm.  Friday Night Lecture Series:  Urban-Wildland Interface with R.A. Conroy.  Author and lecturer R. A. Conroy will discuss the joys and challenges of life on the urban-wildland interface. 

Glendale Community Services & Parks Department
Experimental Forest – Verdugo Mountains

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


(None for October)

Glendale Community Services & Parks Department
Glendale Narrows Riverwalk

300 Paula Avenue (corner of Garden Street)
Glendale 91201


(None for October)

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.

Tuesday, 10/10, 7:30pm, Rothenberg Hall.  East Asian Garden Lecture Series:  Representations of the Camellia in China and the West.  Research fellow Nick Menzies will tell the story of the camellia and its journey from China to Europe and beyond. Focusing on visual and written representations of the camellia from as early as the 5th century, Menzies will explore how a plant deeply embedded in the cultural heritage in China became an object of botanical study and a prized garden ornamental after it reached the west in the 17th century.

Thursday, 10/12, 2:30pm, Ahmanson Room, Brody Botanical Center.  Second Thursday Garden Talk & Sale:  A Garden of Surprise and Allure.  Neil Gerlowski, executive director of the Vallarta Botanical Garden in Jalisco, Mexico, will share an inside glimpse of the lush, 20-acre site whose botanical collections represent some of the vast diversity of Mexico’s plant species. Among the garden’s highlights is the most-visited public collection of orchids in the country.

Friday-Sunday, 10/20-22, 10am-5pm, Brody Botanical Center.  Third Annual International Orchid Show and Sale.  Celebrate the amazing diversity of orchids—a vast family of more than 22,000 species in 880 genera—as hundreds of exotic blooms compete for honors. The event will showcase lush displays by local and regional orchid societies and international growers, and vendors will have a wide range of orchid plants and related merchandise for sale.

Tuesday, 10/17, 2:30pm, Rothenberg Hall.  Nevins Lecture:  Founding Gardeners.  In this beautifully illustrated talk, award-winning author Andrea Wulf looks at the lives of the founding fathers and how their attitudes to plants, gardens, nature, and agriculture shaped the American nation. A book signing will follow the program.  

Friday-Sunday, 10/27-29, 10am-5pm, Plant Sale Nursery.  Fall Plant Sale.  Fall is here, and for Southern California gardeners that means it's time to get planting. Home gardeners will find a great selection of beautiful plant. Look for California natives such as manzanita, salvia, buckwheat, and ceanothus; popular Southwestern gems including tecoma, Texas ranger, and chocolate daisy; and an assortment of Australian natives that are ideal for our local climate, such as grevillea and callistemon. We'll also have a wide variety of herbs, cacti and succulents, bulbs, and much more.

Idyllwild Nature Center

25225 Highway 243
Idyllwild 92549


(None for October)

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, 10/4, 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, 10/5, 9:30am-12noon. What’s Happening in Gardening Series: Field Trip to Altadena Community Garden with Yvonne Savio. The Altadena Community Garden was established on the site of the former Mt. Lowe Military Academy through the cooperation of diverse community interests – homeowners, park devotees, equestrians, tennis advocates, and political leaders. Join us for a tour of this historic garden and then gather with us as we share Fall Planting ideas in the garden with Yvonne Savio, former head of the UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program. $140 for the series or $25 per class (includes Arboretum admission). Preregistration REQUIRED by calling 626-821-4623.

Saturday, 10/7, 10am-12noon. Exploring For Palms in Cuba with Don Hodel. Don will discuss and illustrate two expeditions with Cuban botanists to document the amazing palms of this island nation. He will also include some anecdotes about Cuban life and culture he experienced in their search for the palms.  He will lead a walking tour of the Arboretum’s palm collection and discuss selection and management of landscape palms. $25 members, $35 non-members.  Register at 626-821-4623 or pay at the class.

Saturday, 10/14, 10am-4pm. Botany Boot Camp with Frank McDonough. Identify plants as if your life depended on it.  This comprehensive session will introduce you to the terminology, concepts and structures you’ll need to know to identify plants by introducing you to the 7 most common plant families here at the Arboretum. This 5-hour, 1-day class requires certain texts and a 10-20X illuminated hand loupe magnifier (available at minimal cost on Amazon.com). For details and required texts, see http://laarboretumplantid.blogspot.com/ .  $65 members, $75 non-members.  Register at 626-821-4623 or pay at the class.

Thursday, 10/12, 9:30am-12noon. What’s Happening in Gardening Series: The Arboretum’s Propagation Greenhouses with Sherry Tobin. Unless you are an Arboretum Volunteer, you may never have met Plant Nursery Worker/Manager/Goddess, Sherry Tobin. Join us as she welcomes us to the Arboretum’s Propagation Greenhouses, which are not open to the public. She will share some of her propagation techniques and plants that are being grown especially for the Arboretum’s collections. $140 for the series or $25 per class. Register at 626-821-4623 or pay at the class.

Thursday, 10/19, 9:30am-12noon. What’s Happening in Gardening Series: Invasion Biology and Other Gardening Philosophies with Matt-Dell Tufenkian. Invasion biology is a scientific discipline that studies the human transport and introduction of species throughout the world, as well as the subsequent spread of these species and their health, economic, and environmental impacts. This theory has inspired many gardeners to strictly limit their plant choices or change their gardening habits in an effort to be more environmentally correct, but what happens when gardening philosophies clash? $140 for the series or $25 per class. Register at 626-821-4623 or pay at the class.

Saturday, 10/21, 10am-1pm. Crescent Farm Series: Native Plant Selection & Site Preparation with Interpretive Horticulturalists Leigh Adams & John Latsko. Learn about water conservation and sustainable gardening with this class’ hands-on experience. 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.

Thursday, 10/26, 9:30am-12noon. What’s Happening in Gardening Series: Urban Homesteading with Jose & Carrie Hernandez. Jose & Carrie, of CJ’s Organic Farm will share some of the various techniques they use (composting; worm castings; hydroponics/aquaponics; companion planting; ponds, and hoopoes construction) to make their small plot of land support their family and grow sellable produce that they bring to local farmers markets and CSA boxes. $140 for the series or $25 per class. Register at 626-821-4623 or pay at the class.

Sunday, 10/29, 4-6pm. The High Line: Reimagining the Accidental Landscape with Co-Author and Photographer Rick Darke.  Sponsored with The Garden Conservancy. New York City’s High Line and the acclaimed work of designer Piet Oudolf lend focus to this exploration of new landscapes emerging from vernacular origins. The High Line’s extraordinary public space, once an elevated freight rail line in Manhattan’s West Side, is captured through the lens of Rick Darke whose photographs illuminate Oudolf’s transformative design in their newly released book Gardens of the High Line: Elevating the Nature of Modern Landscapes.  Darke, accomplished photographer and author of The Encyclopedia of Grasses, and Lessons from the Arts and Crafts Garden, will explore the High Line and other landscapes that reflect past land use while celebrating visionary new forms and purpose.  $12 members, $15 non-members. To reserve a seat, call 626-821-4623.Mojave Desert Land Trust Center for Conservation Initiatives

60124 29 Palms Hwy
Joshua Tree, CA 92252


(None for October)

Morongo Basin Conservation Association


(None for October)

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

900 Exposition Blvd
Los Angeles 90007


(None for October)

Rancho Los Cerritos

4600 Virginia Road
Long Beach 90807


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 http://www.rancholoscerritos.org/things-to-do-hub/tours/

Saturday, 10/21, 10-11:30am. Stories from the Garden: Australian Plants. Randy Baldwin, from San Marcos Growers, will discuss Australian plants and their journey from the Southern Hemisphere to Southern California. $8, $5 students.  To register, go to  https://www.rancholoscerritos.org/upcoming-event/stories-garden-australian-plants-general-admission/ .

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

1500 North College Avenue
Claremont 91711


Sunday, 10/1, 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. 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

Saturday, 10/7, 10am-12noon.  Why We Need Our Bees: Native Bee Biology and Conservation. While the honey bee gets the most attention, native bees are abundant in almost every garden and often go unnoticed. Join UC Riverside entomologist Quinn McFrederick, PhD, on this garden talk and walk as he introduces the biology of some common native bees, their importance as pollinators, and the threats they are facing. Bring a hat, water, comfortable walking shoes, and all your questions and join us first in the East Classroom where Dr. McFrederick will give a short introductory talk before taking you out on the garden trails. $20 members, $25 non-members. Register at http://rsabg.org/classes 

Friday & Saturday, 10/13 & 10/14, 5:30-9pm. Things That Go Bump in the Night. Don't be afraid of the dark! Bring flashlights to walk along garden paths and unravel myths and mysteries surrounding plants, insects, reptiles, owls and wolves in a family-friendly atmosphere. Both days - Live owls from Wild Wings of California.  Friday only - Live wolves from Project Wildsong. More information and tickets at http://rsabg.org/garden-events/462-bump-in-the-night

Saturday, 10/14, 10am-12noon, Lenz Classroom.  What to plant? As we approach our pleasant Fall planting season, do you find yourself thinking "What should I plant?" Would you like to attract hummingbirds and butterflies, but are not sure which plants they would like best? Do you live above Claremont, at the beach, or in the high desert where different climates and soil types are challenging you in surprising ways? Or does your garden have clay soils or a large oak tree under which plant after plant seems to wither away? Meet with RSABG nursery and horticulture staff for this pleasant two-hour workshop where you can ask all your questions, express your gardening concerns and frustrations, and receive the advice and suggestions you need.  This workshop is scheduled exactly one week before the launch of RSABG's Grow Native Nursery season (October - May) so that you will have some time to allow this advice to percolate, for new gardening ideas to take form, and to arrive on the following Saturday with a list of California native plants to search for that will fit your unique garden and gardening vision all the better! $10 members, $15 non-members. Register at http://rsabg.org/classes

Sunday, 10/15, 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. Register at http://rsabg.org/classes 

Saturday, 10/21, 8-10am members, 10am-4pm non-members. Free Admission to Fall Planting Festival. It's planting time for California native plants, and we're celebrating the seasonal opening of Grow Native Nursery.  Free lectures in the Lenz Classroom include 11am-12:30pm Ethnobotanical Uses of the Native Plants of California with Nicholas Hummingbird, and 1-2:30pm How to Water Your Plants for Drought-Tolerant Establishment with Carlos Ruiz.

Saturday, 10/21, 8-9:30am.  Free Family Bird Walk. Join Chris Verma of Wild Birds Unlimited for this family-friendly bird walk through the Garden. Register at http://www.rsabg.org/bird-walks

San Diego Botanic Garden

230 Quail Gardens Drive
Encinitas CA 92024


Saturday, 10/7, 10am-3pm.  Orchid Clinic 2017.  Participants choose one or all of the four great education sessions. Each session is presented by local expert orchid growers who will impart valuable, easy to use information on how to select, grow and care for orchids. Local orchid vendors will be on hand selling orchids and available to answer questions.

Saturday & Sunday, 10/21&22, 10am-4pm.  35th Annual Fall Plant Sale 2017.  Choose from thousands of unique, exotic, unusual and drought-tolerant plants, and beautiful water-wise plants to enhance your garden and save on your water bill, as well as California natives, herbs, succulents, annuals, perennials and SO much more!  Thousands of plants donated by over 100 generous local growers wholesalers, retail nurseries.

Monday, 10/23, 9am-12noon.  50% off Fall Plant Sale.  All remaining plant stock goes on sale for ½ price

Saturday & Sunday, 10/28 & 10/29, 9am-5pm.  Cactus and Succulent Show and Sale 2017.  The Palomar Cactus and Succulent Society sponsors vendors of plants and pottery for sale.  Judging will take place on Saturday from 11 am– 12:30 pm. The public can follow along as judges comment on entries and make their selections. Winners will be available for viewing both days.

Santa Barbara County Horticultural Society

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


Wednesday, 10/4, 7pm.  Monthly meeting.  Composting ABCs.  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


Saturday, 10/8, 9am-5pm, Cornish Courtyard.  Fall Plant Extravaganza. The Propagation Volunteers have been cultivating their crops all year long with hearty and beautiful plants for you to take home.

Southern California Horticultural Society

Friendship Auditorium
3201 Riverside Drive
Los Angeles CA 90027


Thursday, 10/12, 7-9:30pm.  Beneficial Bugs in the Garden with Lili Singer.  A healthy garden includes a miniature menagerie of tiny insects and related creatures that keep pest populations in check. This richly illustrated lecture highlights helpful bugs you’re likely to find in home landscapes, with tips on how to attract and conserve them. Two of Lili's favorite books are: Insects of the Los Angeles Basin by Charles Hogue, Third Edition revised and edited by James N. Hogue, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 2015; and Natural Enemies Handbook, The Illustrated Guide to Biological Pest Control by Mary Louise Flint, et al., UC Press, 1998. Together, these references will help you recognize both potential pests and the "good" bugs in your garden. Lili is a horticulturist, educator and garden writer, and Director of Special Projects and Adult Education at the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers & Native Plants. She published two award-winning periodicals, The Southern California Gardener and The Gardener's Companion, and for more than a decade hosted "The Garden Show," a live call-in radio program on KCRW-FM. "Horticultural Pest Control" was one of many courses she has taught at UCLA Extension. A Los Angeles native, Lili admires California flora and fauna, as well a wide range of other plants and animals. She was named SCHS Horticulturist of the Year in 1997, is a long-time member of the Society, and serves on its Board of Directors.

Theodore Payne Foundation

10459 Tuxford Street
Sun Valley 91352


Saturday, 10/7, 9:30-11:30am.  Family Tote Printing Workshop with Edward Lum, 2017 TPF Artist-in-Residence.  This family event for adults and children includes observation of native plants and a workshop to create your own image for printing on a tote.  Limit: 10 adult/child pairs. Edward Lum's artwork -- on view in the Theodore Payne Gallery through December 30 -- is inspired by the early 20th Century travel posters and the WPA art of the 1930s and 1940s. More at www.misterlum.com . This workshop repeats Saturday, November 4.

Saturday, 10/7, 1:30-3:30pm.  Wild by Nature: Sowing Seeds for Wild Flowers and Cool-Season Grasses with Genny Arnold.  Fall is prime time for sowing seed in the garden. Our spring-blooming annuals provide an array of colors and forms—and perform well in many garden spaces, from meadows and mixed beds to borders and containers. Our cool-season grasses include handsome, water-thrifty turf substitutes. This class offers tips and tricks on soil preparation, design concepts, sowing techniques, watering and cultivation, and an illustrated overview of the instructor’s most-beloved species. $20 members, $30 non-members.

Saturday, 10/14, 1:30-3:30pm.  Right Plant, Right Place with Lili Singer.  Knowing native habitats can help you choose the right plants for your garden’s 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 members, $35 non-members.

Saturday, 10/21, 1:30-4:00pm.  Irrigation Practices for Native Plant Gardens with Tim Becker.  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 members, $40 non-members.

Thursday-Saturday, 10/27-18, 8:30am-4:30pm.  Fall Plant Sale.  The region’s best selection of California natives, with expert advice from TPF staff and volunteers.  Discounts to all on plants, seed and TPF wear on all three days: TPF members, 15% off all day; non-members, 10% off after 11:00am. Bring your own wagons and boxes!

University of California Riverside Botanic Garden

900 University Avenue
Riverside 92521


Saturday & Sunday, 10/21 & 10/22.  Saturday 10am-4pm; Sunday 9am-3pm.  35th Annual Friends of U.C. Riverside Botanic Gardens Fall Plant Sale.  Fall is the best time to plant California friendly perennials, shrubs, bulbs and wildflower seeds. Plants established in the fall and winter grow faster in the spring and require less water when summer comes.  Help conserve water with the plants you select for your landscape and yard and plant water-efficient plants! Join us for this spectacular event featuring an exciting collection of plants with many varieties including drought tolerant California Native plants as well as plants that attract hummingbirds or butterflies and plants that are fragrant or suitable for cut flowers or foliage.  A plant list will be published with a listing of trees, shrubs, vines, herbaceous plants, shade plants, water plants, house and patio plants. Wildflower seeds will be listed too as well as a portion of the landscape size cacti and succulents.  The number of plants that we expect to have available of each type appears in brackets at the end of the plant description.  Each plant will have a detailed information sign and color photo to help you make your selections.  U.C. Master Gardeners, expert Gardens Staff, and Volunteers will be available to answer your questions.

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