January 2018

Submitted by Yvonne Savio
Contact each location to confirm the listed event, for details, and for a full schedule.
Events are free with admission unless otherwise indicated.


Armstrong Garden Centers

Including Anaheim, Claremont, Costa Mesa, Glendora, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Canada-Flintridge, La Crescenta, Laguna Niguel, La Habra, Long Beach, Monrovia, Newport, Pasadena, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Thousand Oaks, Torrance, Tustin, Westchester


Saturday, 1/6, 9am.  Rose Pruning and Planting.  Armstrong’s gardening experts will demystify rose pruning with this class and demonstration. Learn proper pruning techniques and helpful tips to keep plants healthy and promote gorgeous blooms.

Saturday, 1/6, 10:30am.  Fruit Tree Pruning and Planting.  Pruning fruit trees is easy once you understand the basics. Learn pruning techniques and what to look for in a pruner to produce a more fruitful harvest. (Citrus pruning will be covered in a citrus care class later in the year.

Saturday, 1/13, 9am.  Rose Pruning and Planting.  Armstrong’s gardening experts will demystify rose pruning with this class and demonstration. Learn proper pruning techniques and helpful tips to keep plants healthy and promote gorgeous blooms.

Saturday, 1/13, 10:30am.  Fruit Tree Pruning and Planting.  Pruning fruit trees is easy once you understand the basics. Learn pruning techniques and what to look for in a pruner to produce a more fruitful harvest. (Citrus pruning will be covered in a citrus care class later in the year.)

Saturday, 1/27, 9am.  Growing Your Own Berries.  Blackberries, strawberries, blueberries and boysenberries can all be grown in California gardens, even in small spaces.  Armstrong’s team of experts will show attendees how. Learn tips and techniques in this class for scrumptious success.

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

1750 North Altadena Drive
Pasadena 91107


Thursday, 1/25, 7:30pm.  Pines, Pikas and Pygmy Pussypaws: Flora of Rock Creek, Eastern Sierra Nevada.  Upper Rock Creek near Bishop, California, is a wonderland for plant enthusiasts. The watershed varies in elevation from 7360 to ca. 13,000 ft. The steep gradient contributes to high plant diversity. Plant communities range from pinyon pine woodland at the lowest elevations to alpine at the highest. Glacial erosion produced striking landscapes in and around Little Lakes Valley, including jagged peaks and numerous lakes surrounded by lush meadows. Previous floristic inventories in Rock Creek recorded a combined 396 taxa but were limited to the Little Lakes Valley area. Joy’s graduate research involved documenting the vascular plant flora of the watershed based on preexisting specimens and new collections. Between 2012 and 2016 she made 1504 collections and examined >1000 historical collections. The resulting checklist contains 591 taxa. Joy will present her findings, which include 32 CNPS-listed taxa and several new county records. Joy England lives in Claremont and works at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, where she has been for nine years, first as Curatorial Assistant in the herbarium and more recently as Rare Plant Botanist in the Field Studies Program. In 2017 she earned her Master’s degree in Botany at Claremont Graduate University. Joy is a lifelong California resident and enjoys hiking, gardening and exploring new places.

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

1008 11th Street
Santa Monica 90403


(None for January)

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

16633 Magnolia Blvd
Encino 91436


Tuesday, 1/7, 7:30pm.  Debs Park Native Plant Nursery.  Marcos Trinidad will discuss the plant nursery at Ernest E. Debs Regional Park in LA and show her slides of restoring the native habitat there.

California Rare Fruit Growers - Foothill Chapter

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


(None for January)

Coastkeeper Garden

1560 East Santiago Canyon Road
Orange 92869


Saturday, 1/13, 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


(None for January)

Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley

UCR Palm Desert
75080 Frank Sinatra Drive
Palm Desert 92211


Wednesday, 1/17, 6-8pm.  Desert Soils — More than Just Dirt.  You will be amazed to discover all the incredible underground happenings in our desert soils that affect not only how our gardens and wild plants grow, but also how our ecosystems function. Robin Kobaly will describe the other-worldly underground root partnerships (mycorrhizal fungi associated with plant roots) that help most desert plants survive, and why added fertilizers can damage that relationship. She will explore ancient biological soil crusts, and see how they come alive after rain, cementing soil grains together to prevent erosion, including why deep water stakes are so effective to keep landscape plants healthy when soils are hot and dry, and other cool stuff like the green algae that grows under our translucent desert rocks. 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.  RSVP by registering at www.deserthorticulturalsociety.org

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, 1/20, 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, 1/6, 2-4pm.  Beatrice F. Howitt and Her Life With Wildflowers.

Fullerton Arboretum

1900 Associated Road
Fullerton 92831


Saturday, 1/20, 9am. Learn to Prune your Herbs, Grasses, and Native Plants. Ismael Vargas will teach you the basics on pruning, focusing on roses, herbs, grasses, Morea, bird of paradise, and native plants. $25/members; $20/non-members.

Saturday, 1/27, 9am. Medicinal and Edible Plants of Southern California. Plants are incredible sources of medicine and nutrition. Join herbalist William Broen for a morning of entertaining exploration throughout the Arboretum as he illuminates the many fascinating uses, both past and present, of various California native plants. Broen will discuss elderberry, white sage, yerba santa, manzanita, live oak, and stinging nettles, among other plant species. $35/members; $40/non-members.

Saturdays, 1/13 and 1/27, 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


(None for January)

Glendale Community Services & Parks Department
Experimental Forest – Verdugo Mountains

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


(None for January)

Glendale Community Services & Parks Department
Glendale Narrows Riverwalk

300 Paula Avenue (corner of Garden Street)
Glendale 91201


(None for January)

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, 1/23, 7:30pm, Rothenberg Hall.  Portland Japanese Garden: The Journey Continues.  For more than 50 years, the Portland Japanese Garden has been a haven of serenity and an important center for Japanese culture. Join garden curator Sadafumi Uchiyama as he reflects on the garden’s recent expansion and its newly founded institute for teaching garden history, design, construction, and maintenance.

Saturday, 1/27, 9-10am, Ahmanson Room, Brody Botanical Center.  Container Gardening.  Learn how to maximize your garden by using containers in a one-hour clinic led by Master Gardener Yvonne Savio. Drawing on more than 60 years of experience, Savio will talk about the different types and sizes of containers to use when planting vegetables, herbs, fruits, flowers, and ornamental trees. She will also offer guidelines for the use of seeds or transplants, watering, soil mixes, and sun exposure for greater success.

Idyllwild Nature Center

25225 Highway 243
Idyllwild 92549


(None for January)

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, 1/3, 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.

Saturday, 1/6, 10:00am-12:00pm, Rose Pruning 101.  Join Jill Morganelli, Gardener in the Victorian Rose Garden, will discuss rose pruning and rose care. January is a big month for roses: proper pruning and soil building will determine the health and beauty of roses throughout the year. Disease control will also be covered. Bring all your questions and learn everything you wanted to know about caring for your roses!  There will be a demonstration in the Rose Garden afterwards.  Bring water and comfortable shoes; it is about a ten-minute walk. $25 members, $35 non-members. Call 626.821.4623 to register or pay at the class.

Thursday, 1/11, 9:30am-12pm.  What’s Happening in Gardening, Healing with Medicinal Plants of the West with James D. Adams.  Dr. Adams is an associate professor of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences at USC and is currently working on California medicinal plants. He was trained for many years by Chumash people and is a Traditional Healer. He has written many books and articles on Traditional Healing. He is particularly interested in pain control, stroke therapy and eczema therapy with California medicinal plants. 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. The class will also include lectures or hands-on workshops. $25 per class (includes Arboretum admission) / $140 for the 8-class series. To Register please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class.

Saturday, 1/13, 10am-12noon.  Landscaping with Trees.  Discover the do’s and don’ts of choosing the perfect tree for your yard or public space. Certified arborist Jerrold Turney will walk you through all of the considerations of tree selection including size, fruit-bearing potential, shade, hardiness, and pest/disease resistance. Dr. Turney will demonstrate optimal planting and maintenance practices to ensure strong growth for decades to come. Dr. Turney has served as the curator of the camellia gardens at the Huntington Library and Botanic Gardens, a research horticulturist at the Los Angeles County Arboretum, and is currently the plant pathologist for the Department of Agricultural Commissioner/Weights and Measures for the County of Los Angeles. $25 Arboretum members, $35 non-members (Includes Arboretum Admission), To Register please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class

Thursday, 1/18, 9:30am-12noon.  What’s Happening in Gardening:  Rose Pruning with Jill Morganelli.  Winter is the time to prune your roses to look their best for Spring. Learn the techniques for creating beautiful and healthy rose bushes from the Arboretum’s own Jill Morganelli. She will demonstrate her method as she prunes in the Rose Garden. 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. The class will also include lectures or hands-on workshops. $25 per class (includes Arboretum admission) / $140 for the 8-class series. To Register please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class

Saturday, 1/20, 10-11:30am.  Crescent Farm: Lasagna Mulching.  Learn about water conservation and sustainable gardening with 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. This is an educational training series.  Using what you have on hand or can source locally is truly sustainable gardening.  This workshop will show you how using cardboard and mulch will build fertile productive soil. This is also a proven method for removing your lawn and reducing the weed load as you transition into a water-wise landscape. There will be a visual presentation and a hands-on activity where you will actually help us to build our new Crescent Farm. Free for members, Free with Arboretum admission. Call 626.821.4623 for more information.

Thursday, 1/25, 9:30am-12noon.  What’s Happening in Gardening:  How The LA County Arboretum Changed My Life.  Christopher Nyerges is the author of 10 books, including Self-Sufficient Home: How to Go Green and Save Money, How to Survive Anywhere, Enter the Forest, and Guide to Wild Foods. He was the editor of Wilderness Way magazine for 7 years, and has authored several thousand newspaper and magazine articles in such publications as the Los Angeles Times, Pasadena Star News, Pasadena Weekly, Whole Life Times, American Survival Guide, and others. Christopher will share how his interest in Ethnobotany got sparked at the Arboretum working with Dr. Enari, who helped him write his first book.  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. The class will also include lectures or hands-on workshops. $25 per class (includes Arboretum admission) / $140 for the 8-class series. To Register please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class

Saturday, 1/27, 10am-12noon.  Winter Garden Care.  Our best season for pruning plants is often winter.  Landscape guru Laramee Haynes will review many of the plants, such as roses, salvias, and small fruit trees that benefit from winter pruning. Other garden tasks such as plant dividing, fertilizing and mulching will also be reviewed to help get your garden ready for spring. $25 Arboretum members, $35 non-members (Includes Arboretum Admission). To Register please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class.

1/27 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


(None for January)

Morongo Basin Conservation Association


(None for January)

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

900 Exposition Blvd
Los Angeles 90007


(None for January)

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/

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

1500 North College Avenue
Claremont 91711


Saturday, 1/6, 10-11am. Grow Native Nursery Workshop: All About Seeds. Cheryl S. Birker, RSABG's Seed Conservation Program Manager, will discuss how home gardeners can how to collect, store and sow several types of California native plants' seeds. To register, please go to http://rsabg.org/nursery-calendar.

Sunday, 1/7, 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.

Monday, 1/15, 8am-5pm. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In honor and celebration of Civil Rights activist, Martin Luther King Jr., admission to the Garden will be free.

Saturday, 1/20, 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 http://www.rsabg.org/bird-walks.

Saturday, 1/20, 10-11am. Grow Native Nursery Workshop: Creating Seed Bombs. Take back the land. Learn how to craft the art that is the seed bomb, a ball of seed that can spread the gift of native wildflowers. To register, please go to http://rsabg.org/nursery-calendar.

Sunday, 1/21, 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, 1/27, 3-5pm. Kumeyaay Ethnobotany.  Anthrobiologist Michael Wilkin-Robertson will discuss the remarkable interdependence between native peoples and native plants of the Californias. $5 per person. To register, please go to http://rsabg.org/classes.

San Diego Botanic Garden

230 Quail Gardens Drive
Encinitas CA 92024


Saturday, 1/13, 9am-12noon.  Living Wall/Vertical Garden with Mary Lou Morgan.  Learn the basics of planting a beautiful living wall – perfect for your home or office, indoor or outdoors. We will be planting a 10”x20” wall of succulent varieties with a multitude of colors, textures and sizes to choose from. The possibilities of striking patterns and unique designs are endless! $30 members, $36 non-members, plus an $80 perstufent materials fee paid directly to the instructor on the day of the class.  Pre-registration required by January 5.   

Tuesday, 1/23, 9am-12:30pm.  Succulent Mushroom.  Take home a charming succulent mushroom that you make yourself with the Succulent Wreath Team. Students should bring small clippers or scissors to class. $45 members, $54 non-members.  Fee includes materials.  Pre-registration required by January 19.

Santa Barbara County Horticultural Society

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


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


Sunday, 1/7, 1-4pm.  Rose Pruning Demonstration.  The South Coast Rose Society will feature pruning demonstrations of hybrid tea, floribundas, climbing, miniature and old garden roses followed by a hands-on workshop. Demonstrators will cover proper pruning tools and preparing the rose garden for a spring bloom. Rose cocktail, clippers and gloves will be available.

Sunday, 1/21, 2-4pm.  Fuchsia Pruning and Propagation Demonstration.  South Coast Fuchsia Society members Jackie Coppin, Marsha Hopwood and David Morse will discuss fuchsia care and culture. They will demonstrate propagation from cuttings, training fuchsias to forms including baskets, trees and trellises and pruning techniques to improve appearance and maximize blossoms.

Sunday, 1/28, 1-3:30pm.  Fruit Tree Pruning Demonstration.  Certified arborist Rick Wheeler will discuss and demonstrate proper pruning of fruit trees. Guests will have plenty of opportunity for questions and answers prior to visiting the Garden’s rare fruit orchard.

Southern California Horticultural Society

Friendship Auditorium
3201 Riverside Drive
Los Angeles CA 90027


Thursday, 1/11, 7-9:30pm.  Talk on Citrus (details tbd)  Admission is free for members, children, and students with ID, and $5 for non-members.

Theodore Payne Foundation

10459 Tuxford Street
Sun Valley 91352


Saturday, 1/6, 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.

Thursday, 1/4, 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.

Thursday, 1/18, 10am-11:30.  Classes held at LA Metro Headquarters, not TPF.  Building Resilience with Native Plants: Right Plant, Your Place with Lili Singer.  Nearly 30% of all Metro water use is related to landscaping. In response, Metro stations and landscaping designs are utilizing drought-tolerant California native plants to reduce the need for irrigation while maintaining regional biodiversity. A successful garden depends on careful planning. Learn how to assess the conditions of your site, including climate, soil, sunlight, and space. We will discuss the irrigation needs of native plants, including how to get them through their establishment period. Explore some examples of Metro efforts in planting natives and generate ideas for next steps. Lili Singer is Director of Special Projects and Adult Education at the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers & Native Plants in Sun Valley.

Friday, 1/19, 2-3pm.  Native Plant Maintenance Basics, a Walk and Talk with Steve Singer.  A quick overview of maintenance practices for the California native garden held outdoors on TPF grounds. Wear comfortable shoes, and bring your hat and water bottle. Steve is TPF’s Horticulturist. He maintains the gardens at the Foundation.  $15 members, $20 non-members.

Thursday through Saturday, 1/26, 27 & 28, 8:30am-4:30pm.  Winter Plant Sale.  Three days of discounts to all, plus expert advice from TPF staff and volunteers.  Members: 15% off plants, seed and TPF wear all day.  Non-members: 10% off plants, seed and TPF wear after 11:00am.  Not yet a member? Join at the door!

University of California Riverside Botanic Garden

900 University Avenue
Riverside 92521


Sunday, 1/7 (Rain date is 1/14), 1-3pm.  Annual Rose Pruning Demonstration.  Co-hosted by the Gardens and the Mountain View Rose Society, the demonstration runs continually from 1 to 3 p.m. Botanic Gardens Staff, Volunteers and local experts demonstrate how to prune hybrid tea, floribunda, miniature roses and climbers, and are happy to answer questions. The demonstration is free, though donations are always gratefully accepted.  Come out and learn how to take care of your roses, you may even win a raffle prize!

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