August 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

(None for August)

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

1750 North Altadena Drive
Pasadena 91107

(None for August)

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

1008 11th Street
Santa Monica 90403

(None for August)

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

16633 Magnolia Blvd
Encino 91436

(None for August)

California Rare Fruit Growers - Foothill Chapter

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

(None for August)

Coastkeeper Garden

1560 East Santiago Canyon Road
Orange 92869

Saturday, 8/12, 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 August)

Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley

UCR Palm Desert
75080 Frank Sinatra Drive
Palm Desert 92211

(None for August)

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, 8/19, 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, 8/5, 2-4pm.  More Water Feature Ideas for the Home Garden.

Fullerton Arboretum

1900 Associated Road
Fullerton 92831

(None for August)Glendale Community Services & Parks Department

Deukmejian Wilderness Park

3429 Markridge Road
La Crescenta 91214

Saturday, 8/19, 8am-12noon.  Wilderness Workday.  Join us for a morning of tree-watering and removing invasive species.  Wear long pants and bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.  We’ll provide the tools, drinks, and snacks.  All participants must sign a liability waiver and minors must provide a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. 

Glendale Community Services & Parks Department
Experimental Forest – Verdugo Mountains

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

(None for August)

Glendale Community Services & Parks Department
Glendale Narrows Riverwalk

300 Paula Avenue (corner of Garden Street)
Glendale 91201

Saturday, 8/5, 8am-12noon.  Riverwalk Workday.  Help us maintain the landscaped areas along the Los Angeles River.  Wear long pants and bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.  We’ll provide the tools, drinks, and snacks.  All participants must sign a liability waiver and minors must provide a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. 

Huntington Botanical Gardens

1151 Oxford Road
San Marino 91108

Every Saturday, 10am-1pm.  Ranch Open House. Stop by The Huntington’s urban agriculture site during our weekly open house and pick up some fresh ideas for sustainable gardening. Experts from the University of California Los Angeles County Master Gardener program will be on hand to answer questions and offer seasonal tips. From the Teaching Greenhouse, follow signs to the site. Repeats every Saturday.

Thursday, 8/10, 2:30 pm, Botanical Nursery. Second Thursday Garden Talk & Sale.  Three to Get Ready! A Trio of Gardening Workshops.  Ready to hone your garden skills? The Botanical staff will hold a series of three short workshops in one afternoon, focusing on irrigation, repotting, and creating a succulent rock garden.  Each presentation will last approximately 20 minutes, and participants can attend all three. Pick up some bargains plants (and complimentary refreshments) at a 20%-off sale after the program.

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

Idyllwild Nature Center

25225 Highway 243
Idyllwild 92549

(None for August)

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, 8/2, 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, 8/5, 10am-12noon.  Plumeria A-Z with Diana Donnellan.  Southern California has an ideal climate for plumeria!  This hands-on workshop takes you through plumeria care.  $25 members, $35 non-members. To register, call 626-821-4623 or pay at the class.

Saturday, 8/19; 10am-12:30pm.  New California Landscape withy Jill Morganelli.  Learn about responsible landscape stewardship for Southern California using water-saving plants and techniques to create a thriving beautiful home garden.  $25 members, $35 non-members.  To register, call 626-821-4623 or pay at the class.

Saturday, 8/26, 10am-12noon.  Hypertufa Pot Workshop with Steve Gerischer.  Make a planting pot out of hypertufa, a mixture of cement, peat moss and perlite molded to resemble tufa, a crumbling granite.  Wear comfortable clothes, a hat and bring water.  $30 members, $40 non-members.  To register, call 626-821-4623 or pay at the class. Mojave Desert Land Trust Center for Conservation Initiatives

60124 29 Palms Hwy
Joshua Tree, CA 92252

(None for August)

Morongo Basin Conservation Association

(None for August)

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

900 Exposition Blvd
Los Angeles 90007

Fridays, 8/11 and 8/25, 5-9pm.  Summer Nights in the Garden.  Get outside this summer and enjoy the evening breeze, late sunset, and starry skies. The Summer Nights in the Gardens series is a celebration of all things summer in the enchanting Nature Gardens at NHMLA. Spend your Friday night sipping a garden-infused cocktail, checking out various science and nature experiences, and brightening your life with nature-inspired take-home activities. Have a picnic or get a little lost in the gardens – all while the beats from live music performances set the mood. Get your summer on at NHMLA!  Advance reservation available – or call 213-763-3466.

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

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

1500 North College Avenue
Claremont 91711

Sunday, 8/6, 5-7pm. Butterfly Release Party. As the California Butterfly Pavilion comes to a close on this special evening, we invite butterfly "adopters" to release our locally native species into the wild. To receive an invitation, you must make a butterfly adoption at the $50 level, which grants you four tickets to the release party and the opportunity to release one butterfly. For more information and to make an adoption, please visit or call our Advancement Office at (909) 625-8767 ext. 258.

Saturday, 8/12, 9am-12noon.  Teacher Open House. Free Garden admission for school teachers, administrators and their immediate family members. Preview school tours and programs and explore the fun outdoor experiences we offer to students. Book a 2017-18 field trip before reservations open to all teachers. Sponsored in part by Some Crust Bakery and Gourmet Catering. To reserve your spot at the Open House, please email .

Saturday, 8/19, 8-10am. Seven Plant Secrets that You'll Always Remember. Learn about seven plant secrets from Executive Director Lucinda McDade as she leads you through a botanical journey at California's Native Garden.  $20 members, $25 non-members.

Saturday, 8/19, 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 

San Diego Botanic Garden

230 Quail Gardens Drive
Encinitas CA 92024

(None for August)

Santa Barbara County Horticultural Society

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

Wednesday, 8/2, 7pm.  Monthly meeting.  Frederique Lavoipierre, Director of Education, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.  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

(None for August)

Southern California Horticultural Society

Friendship Auditorium
3201 Riverside Drive
Los Angeles CA 90027

Thursday, 8/10, 7-9pm.  Genevieve Arnold, of the Theodore Payne Foundation will discuss seed saving of California native plants..  Non-SCHS members invited, $5 admission.

Theodore Payne Foundation

10459 Tuxford Street
Sun Valley 91352

Saturday, 8/5, 2-3pm.  Irrigation Basics for the Native Garden with Carol Armour Aronson.  Curious about the best ways to water your native garden? This focused talk covers how, when and where to irrigate, as well as the benefits and drawbacks for overhead, drip and hand-watering equipment. $15 members, $20 non-members.

Saturday, 8/12, 1:30-3:30pm.  Right Plant, Right Place with Lili Singer.  Knowing native habitats can help you choose the right plants for your place. This course discusses local plant communities and their conditions, as well as how to assess the conditions of your garden site, including climate, soil, sunlight and space. A valuable class for beginners and the prerequisite for our Three-Part Native Garden Design Course. $25 members, $35 non-members.

Saturday, 8/12, 9-10:30am.  Family Paint-A-Native Workshop with Margaret Boseroy and Diana Sherwood.  This fun family event for adults and children (6 and up) includes an exploration on TPF grounds to observe California native plants and a workshop to paint your favorite native plant in tempera on paper. Participants will learn to look closely at the plant parts, as well as how to compose and how to mix colors. Limit: 10 adult/child pairs. $20 member adult/child pair, $25 non-member adult/child pairs.

Saturday, 8/19, 2-3pm.  Family Seed Physiology Workshop with Genevieve Arnold and Kelsey Thurow.  Discover the wonders of how seeds "work" in this hands-on workshop for adults and children (6-12). Class includes a short illustrated talk, microscope work and seed planting, and each participant will leave with a pot of planted seed for their home native plant garden. Limit: 10 adult/child pairs. $15 member adult/child pair, $20 non-member adult/child pair.

Three Saturdays, 8/26 and 9/9 and 9/23, 9am-1pm.  Three-Part California Native Garden Design with Shawn Maestretti.  This comprehensive three-session 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. Required course prerequisite is TPF’s Right Plant, Right Place class. $225 members, $275 non-members; $285 member couples, $335 non-member couples.

University of California Riverside Botanic Garden

900 University Avenue
Riverside 92521

(None for August)
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