February 2019

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, 2/9, 9am.  Orchids.  Orchids add beauty and elegance to any home. You may think they are difficult to care for, but they are easy. Let us show you everything you need to keep them blooming.

Saturday, 2/23, 9am.  Gardening for Beginners. Learn the basics and gain the confidence to grow anything.

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

1750 North Altadena Drive
Pasadena 91107


(None for February)

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

1008 11th Street
Santa Monica 90403


Tuesday, 2/12, 7:30pm.  Oak Survival Through Drought, Fire and Bad Beetles, presented by Rosi Dagit, Senior Conservation Biologist for Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains.

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

16633 Magnolia Blvd
Encino 91436


(None for February)

Coastkeeper Garden

1560 East Santiago Canyon Road
Orange 92869


Saturday, 2/09/19, 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, 2/9/19, 5:30-8:30pm. Night Garden: Campfire Stories. Come see what happens in the Gardens after hours. Take a guided tour and enjoy guest speakers who get you thinking and pique your curiosity about science, nature, people’s relationships to plants, and the world around you.  Hands-on activities for all ages.  Refreshments available.  $5 members/$15 non-members.  Register online at www.descansogardens.org, in person at the Descanso Gardens Visitor Center, or by phone at 818-949-4200.

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, 2/16, 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


(None for February)

Fullerton Arboretum

1900 Associated Road
Fullerton 92831


Sunday, 2/6, 1pm. Hike for Tykes. Got little ones? Have your little one attend this classroom-style program where they will “hike” to different habitat stations set up with bio facts, props, and live animals. Ages 3-5 years old. Cost: $13.

Saturday, 2/9, 10am. 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. Free Nature Tours are held every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month.

Tuesday, 2/12, 1pm. Unusual Vegetables & Fruits. Expert gardener Yvonne Savio will discuss uncommonly but easily grown vegetables and fruits in Southern California. $20/members; $25/non-members.

Saturday, 2/16, 9am. Medicinal & Edible Plants of the Southwest. 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. $25/members; $30/non-members.

Sunday, 2/17, 1pm. Nature Photography: How to take Better Photos. Learn how to use space, light, and time to take more memorable photos. The class includes tips, tricks, and techniques that will help you advance your photography skills. $35/members; $40/non-members.

Thursday, 2/21, 9am. Beginner Bonsai. Have you ever wanted to have your own bonsai tree but did not know where to start? Attend this workshop and receive a bonsai tree, basic pot, soil, instructions on care and maintenance, and some history on the art of bonsai. This class is designed for beginners. $20/members; $25/non-members.

Saturday, 2/23, 10am. 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. Free Nature Tours are held every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month.

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 huntington.org/ranchgarden/ to learn more. From the Teaching Greenhouse, follow signs to the site. Repeats every Saturday.

Saturday and Sun day, 2/9 and 2/10, Satirdau 1-5pm, Sunday 10am-5pm, Brody Botanical Center.  47th Annual Camellia Show and Sale, co-sponsored by the Southern California Camellia Society.  Hundreds of gorgeous blooms will compete for top honors.  View 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.

Thursday, 2/14, 2:30pm, Ahmanson Room, Brody Botanical Center.  Second Thursday Garden Talk & Plant Sale:  Richtersveld Revisited: Winter-Growing Succulents.  John Trager, curator of desert collections at The Huntington, will give a slide presentation about his 2015 trip to South Africa’s Western Cape and Northern Cape provinces, the native habitat of many winter-growing succulents seen in Desert Garden. The expedition spanned the provinces’ winter rainfall regions from Cape Town in the southwest to the drier desert of the Richtersveld in the north, with many stops along the way to photograph aloes, crassulas, mesembs, and other succulents. A plant sale will follow the talk. Free; no reservations required.

Saturday and Sunday, 2/23 and 24, 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 3pm each day. (See related workshops for adults and children on www.huntington.org under “Continuing Education” and “Children & Families”).  Proceeds from the event support the Golden State Bonsai Collection at The Huntington.

Thursday, 2/28, 4:30-5:30pm, Auditorium, Brody Botanical Center.  Botany Bay Series:  Plant Science for Gardeners and Citizen Scientists.  Explore the wonders of the plant world through discussion and hands-on lab time in this monthly series for “citizen scientists” led by Jim Folsom, the Telleen/Jorgensen Director of the Botanical Gardens. Attend one session, or participate every month.

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, 2/2, 9am-5pm.  Pacific Rose Society Annual Auction.  The annual auction offers more than 100 hard-to-find, unusual, new and direct-from-growers rose plants. For more information, call 626-821-3222.

Wednesday, 2/6, 1:30-3:00pm. Plant Information: Bare Root Planting and Selection with LA County Arboretum Plant Information Consultant Frank McDonough. Free, but registration required -- Register online at arboretum.org/calendar. For questions, call the Education Department at 626.821.4623.

Sunday, 2/10, 10am-4:30pm.  Mushroom Fair.  Los Angeles Mycological Society (LAMS) holds its annual fair that will include demonstrations on growing and identifying mushrooms.  For more information, call 626-821-3222.

Saturday, 2/16, 10am. Fruitstitute Workshop: Intro to Backyard Orcharding & Fruit Tree Pruning with Southern California fruit tree specialist and founder of Fruitstitute, Joanna Glovinsky. This lecture and demo will delineate the differences in practice and approach between backyard and commercial fruit production and teach you how to successfully grow your own backyard fruit. Free but registration required -- Register online at arboretum.org/calendar. For questions, call the Education Department at 626.821.4623.

Saturday, 2/16, 11am.  Love Potions From the Garden with Frank McDonough.  Join Frank McDonough, Botanical Information Consultant for a fun look at plants used through the ages as love potions.  You’ll look at plants both past and present that have been linked to love.  Take a close look at a variety of plants in our charming herb garden and hear some great stories. 

Saturday, 2/23, 10am-noon.  Raised Bed Gardening with Farmscape. 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 for Arboretum members, $35 for non-members (includes Arboretum admission). Register online at arboretum.org/calendar. For questions, call the Education Department at 626.821.4623.

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

900 Exposition Blvd
Los Angeles 90007


Daily, 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.

Every Saturday and Sunday, 11am, Nature Gardens, just outside Nature Lab and under the bridge.  Nature Gardens Exploration.  Join us for a hands-on activity in our dynamic Nature Gardens.

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

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

1500 North College Avenue
Claremont 91711


Saturday, 2/2, 10-11am. Pruning: How, When and Why. What are correct pruning practices for California native plants? Join us to learn how, when and why we prune plants at Grow Native Nursery. $5 general public.  Register at https://11213.blackbaudhosting.com/11213/Pruning-How-When-and-Why .

Saturday, 2/16, 10-11am.  Watering: How, When and Why. What are the best watering practices for a native California garden? Join us to learn how, when and why to water at Grow Native Nursery. $5 general public.  Register at https://11213.blackbaudhosting.com/11213/Watering-How-When-and-Why

Redlands Horticultural and Improvement Society

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


Thursday, 2/21, 7pm.  Containers and Raised Beds, Pros and Cons.

San Diego Botanic Garden

230 Quail Gardens Drive
Encinitas CA 92024


Saturday, 2/2, 9am-3pm.  Spring Succulent Wreath Making.  Design and create your own succulent wreath using over 350 cuttings from our big, beautiful 37-acre Garden! Your new wreath can be mounted on your wall (indoors or outdoors) or displayed on a table in your very own garden or home. Please bring small clippers to class. Members $95, non-members $114. Fee includes materials.  Please register by January 26. Register at https://apm.activecommunities.com/sandiegobotanicgarden/Home

Saturday, 2/9, 11am-2pm.  Bees in the Garden.  Did you know that bee-friendly plant choices, beehive placement and garden design go hand-in-hand to support successful backyard beekeeping? In this class, you will learn about bees, and how they support our food system, and their struggle to survive in an ever-changing environment. Learn how you can help bees while making good plant choices for your garden. You’ll leave with a better understanding about the importance of bees in our world, knowing where to place a hive in your garden, and receive a list of bee-friendly plants. “The hum of the bee is the voice of the garden,” according to Class Instructor Kristin Heggem.  Members $30, non-members $36. Fee includes materials. Please register by February 2. Register at https://apm.activecommunities.com/sandiegobotanicgarden/Home

Sunday, 2/17, 9-11am.  Forest/Nature Bathing.  Shinrin-yoku – or Forest Bathing – is a way of connecting people to nature. The positive health effects of simply being and walking in a state of relaxation in nature has undergone significant scientific testing and validation in Japan and Korea. Come experience for yourself this innovative programming that is trending in gardens and nature reserves across the country! Instructor: Rhana Kozak.  Members $32, non-members $40. Register at https://apm.activecommunities.com/sandiegobotanicgarden/Home

Saturday, 2/19, 9am-3pm.  Spring Succulent Turtle Making.  Design and create your own succulent turtle using over 100 cuttings from our big, beautiful 37-acre Garden. You can proudly display your new succulent turtle on your table or use it as an accent in your garden. Please bring small clippers to class. Members $35, non-members $42. Fee includes materials.  Please register by February 12.  Register at https://apm.activecommunities.com/sandiegobotanicgarden/Home

Saturday, 2/23, 10-11:30am.  Orchid Kokedama Workshop.  Kokedama is a traditional Japanese living art form where moss is used as a container for a plant. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn the skills behind Kokedama and make beautiful Orchid Kokedama! This is a unique, fun-to-make piece of living art that you can either take home and enjoy or give as a wonderful living gift. Instructor: Kodema Forest.  Members $18, non-members $22. Plus a $40 per-student materials fee includes all supplies you’ll need including orchids, moss, soils and more and is paid directly to the instructor on the day of class. Register at https://apm.activecommunities.com/sandiegobotanicgarden/Home

Santa Barbara County Horticultural Society

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


See webpage for updated details.

South Coast Botanic Garden

26300 Crenshaw Blvd
Palos Verdes Peninsula 90274


(None for February)

Southern California Horticultural Society

Friendship Auditorium
3201 Riverside Drive
Los Angeles CA 90027


Thursday, 2/14, 7-9pm.   "Designing with Palms For Dry Climates" with Jason DeWees of Flora Grubb Gardens in San Francisco. 

Theodore Payne Foundation

10459 Tuxford Street
Sun Valley 91352


Saturday, 2/2, 1:30-4:00pm.  Right Plant, Right Place with Lili Singer, Director of Special Projects.  nowing 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 Theodore Payne Foundation’s Three-Part California Native Garden Design Course.  Members $25, Non-members $35.  Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/right-plant-right-place-with-lili-singer-registration-52066884453

Wednesday, 2/6, 9-10am.  Native Plant Maintenance Basics, a Walk and Talk with Steve Singer, Horticulturist.  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. Limited to 15 students.  Members $15, Non-members $20.  Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/native-plant-maintenance-basics-a-walk-and-talk-with-steve-singer-tickets-52965164232

Saturday, 2/9, 9am-12noon.  Propagating California Native Plants with Jordan Isken, Production Manager.  Learn basic skills of vegetative propagation. A variety of native plant species will be started from cuttings or divisions in this hands-on session, and you’ll leave with a flat of starts for your own garden! Limited to 10 students.  Members $50, Non-members $60.  Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/propagating-california-native-plants-with-jordan-isken-tickets-50454889934

Saturday, 2/9, 1:30-3:30pm.  Plant This, Not That: Native Alternatives to Common Garden Plants with Lili Singer, Director of Special Projects.  Sub western redbud for crape myrtle? Lilac verbena for lantana? Learn which California plants — beautiful natives that conserve water and provide habitat for wildlife — can be used in your garden instead of familiar non-native ornamentals.  Members $20, Non-members $30.  Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-plant-this-not-that-native-alternatives-to-common-garden-plants-tickets-53754336668

Saturday, 2/16, 9am-12noon.  Irrigation Practices for Native Plant Gardens with Tim Becker, Director of Horticulture.  This class for home gardeners discusses irrigation principles, techniques and equipment for native plant landscapes – with practical examples, a demonstration of TPF's irrigation system, and plenty of time for questions. Bring your hat and water bottle.  Members $30, Non-members $40.  Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/irrigation-practices-for-native-plant-gardens-with-tim-becker-tickets-52730010882

Saturday, 2/16, 1:30-3:30pm.  Native Plants for the Birds with Lili Singer, Director of Special Projects, and Steve Gerischer, Larkspur Garden Design.  Turn your garden into avian paradise of native plants and the birds that love them! Class includes an illustrated lecture, helpful handouts on California flora for songbirds and hummingbirds, and time for Q&A.  Members $25, Non-members $35.  Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-native-plants-for-the-birds-with-lili-singer-steve-gerischer-tickets-53481423377

Sunday, 2/17, 10am-12noon.  Sunday in the Garden with Jon and Susan Joyce.  Note:  Class will be held at a private residence in Granada Hills. Attendees will receive the location after registering.  A mature desert willow greets visitors to this large five-year-old landscape. The back yard, which spans more than one-quarter acre, is a soft-textured open space with a slender sedge meadow surrounded by native habitat plants. Other notable features include a shade structure trellised with native grape, an outdoor kitchen, a dry creek, raised veggie beds, and several fountains. Light refreshments will be served. Limit: 30. Design by FormLA Landscaping.  Members $30, Non-members $40.  Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sunday-in-the-garden-joyce-tickets-54174891559

Saturday, 2/23, 1:30-2:30pm.  Clipper Maintenance: A Must for All Gardeners with Louise Guerin, Manager of Plant Production & Sales at The Huntington Botanic Gardens.  One way to help ensure plant health is to use clean shears and pruners when cutting back, dead-heading and shaping plants. This class goes over tried-and-true methods to keep your hand tools sharp and clean. Participants will practice on their own tools and will receive a Sandflex sharpening sponge to take home. Bring your favorite clippers!

Members $12, Non-members $18.  Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-clipper-maintenance-a-must-for-all-gardeners-with-louise-guerin-tickets-52324202097

University of California Riverside Botanic Garden

900 University Avenue
Riverside 92521


(None for February)

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