May 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

Check website for updated information.

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

1750 North Altadena Drive
Pasadena 91107

Thursday, 5/23, 7:30pm.  La Tuna Canyon Regeneration with Kitty Connolly, Executive Director of Theodore Payne Foundation.  On September 1, 2017, a fire broke out in La Tuna Canyon, about four miles from the Theodore Payne Foundation. Even while the fire was burning, Canyon residents were speculating about what to plant to stabilize the steep slopes. We saw the urgent need for education so, on September 16, we launched La Tuna Canyon Regeneration, a series of free lectures and classes about fire ecology and fire-wise landscaping. This shared disaster was an opportunity to raise awareness in our community of natural post-fire regeneration and direct the impulse to replant into a public project at the neighborhood fire station. We provided service when it was needed, demonstrating that Theodore Payne Foundation exists for the public good.  Since joining the Foundation in 2014, Kitty has led the organization through construction, strategic planning, and expanding programs so that today, the Foundation’s impact is felt across Los Angeles County. Previously, Kitty planned and directed interpretation for The Huntington Botanical Gardens and Smithsonian Institution. A life-long environmentalist, she holds a B.S. in environmental zoology from Ohio University and a M.A. in geography from UCLA. Her own native garden is a work in progress.

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

1008 11th Street
Santa Monica 90403

(None for May)

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

16633 Magnolia Blvd
Encino 91436

(None for May)

Coastkeeper Garden

1560 East Santiago Canyon Road
Orange 92869

Saturday, 5/13/19, 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 second Saturdays. 

Descanso Gardens

1418 Descanso Drive
La Canada Flintridge 91011

Thursdays through Sundays,  5/2 through 12. Thursday & Fridays 1:00pm, Saturdays & Sundays 11am & 1pm. Spring Bloom Walks. Stroll with guides through the gardens and learn about cherry blossoms, flowering trees, and other seasonal favorites. 

Saturday, 5/25, 8-10:30am. Community Service Day at Descanso Gardens. Get hands-on gardening experience and help care for the Garden at this volunteer opportunity. Instruction will be provided and work will be supervised by Descanso horticulture staff. All experience levels welcome, ages 16 or older.  Wear comfortable clothing and closed-toed shoes.  Bring your own gardening gloves, water and a hat. Limited space available, RSVP required to by Wednesday May 22. You will be sent additional instructions and will need to sign a form in order to participate.

Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley

UCR Palm Desert
75080 Frank Sinatra Drive
Palm Desert 92211

(None for May)

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, 5/18, 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 May)

Fullerton Arboretum

1900 Associated Road
Fullerton 92831

Saturday, 5/11 and 5/25, 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. $5 donation. Repeats on 2nd and 4th Saturdays.

Tuesday, 5/14, 1 pm. Expert gardeners Yvonne Savio will discuss walking through a garden using repurposed items for every task, with examples from gardens around the U.S., Canada, and Europe. $20/member; $25/non-member.

Huntington Botanical Gardens

1151 Oxford Road
San Marino 91108

Every Saturday, 10am-1pm.  Ranch Open House. Stop by The Huntington’s urban agriculture site during our weekly open house and pick up some fresh ideas for sustainable gardening. Experts from the University of California Los Angeles County Master Gardener program will be on hand to answer questions and offer seasonal tips. The half-acre Ranch Garden—part classroom and part research lab—draws inspiration from The Huntington’s agricultural heritage to explore optimal approaches to gardening in Southern California’s semi-arid climate. The mission of the Ranch is to reconnect people with their food in beautiful and livable ways, inspiring visitors to incorporate edibles into the landscape of their home gardens. Visit to learn more. From the Teaching Greenhouse, follow signs to the site. Repeats every Saturday.

Sunday, 5/12, 10am-5pm.  Mother’s Day at The Huntington.  Celebrate Mom by treating her to an elegant brunch or afternoon tea (reservations are required and are subject to availability), take a stroll among acres of roses and other spring blooms, and see what’s new in the galleries and exhibitions. Create special memories for the whole family and give Mom a day she’ll long remember. Details at

Monday, 5/13, 11:30am-3:30pm at 20-minute intervals, Japanese Garden.  Japanese Teahouse Tours.  Learn about the history of the Japanese Garden’s ceremonial teahouse and the traditions behind its use.  Repeats second Mondays.   

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, 5/1, 1:30-3:00pm. Plant Information: Designing Landscapes with LA County Arboretum Plant Information Consultant Frank McDonough. Free, but please register online at For questions, call the Education Department at 626.821.4623.

Saturday and Sunday, 5/11 and 5/12, 9am–4pm.  Geranium Show and Sale.  The International Geranium Society, Los Angeles branch, presents this wonderful annual display of geraniums.

Saturday, 5/18, 10am. Crescent Farm Workshop: Crescent Farm 101. Participants will learn how the Crescent Farm topography captures water and how wise plant choices can save water and provide habitat and delight all year. Free, but please register online at For questions, call the Education Department at 626.821.4623.

Sunday 5/19, 10am–4pm. Epiphyllum Show & Sale.  Unusual and gorgeous flowers presented by the Epiphyllum Society of America.

Saturday, 5/25, 10am-12noon. Aesthetics of Ecology – Trees: Architecture of Beauty. This workshop introduces modern communication received from trees as framework for replacing our traditional relationship with them. $25 members, $35 non-members. Register online at For questions, call the Education Department at 626.821.4623.

Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, 5/25, 5/26 and 5/27, 9am-5pm. Santa Anita Bonsai Show.  The Santa Anita Bonsai Society will present trees trained to look like miniature forest giants with trees up to four feet tall such as maples, junipers and pines.

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.

Wednesday, 5/8, 3-5pm.  Right Plant, Right Place.  Knowing native habitats can help you choose the right plants for your place. This class 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 Native Garden Design Course. $25 members, $35 non-members.  Advanced registration required at

Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch

6400 East Bixby Hill Road
Long Beach 90815

(None for May)

Rancho Los Cerritos

4600 Virginia Road
Long Beach 90807

Saturdays & Sundays, 1-5pm. Garden One-Hour Tours. Rancho Los Cerritos offers free one-hour garden tours for visitors. For details about all of our tours, visit Repeats every weekend.

Saturday, 5/18, 10am-12noon.  Victorian Language of Flowers Workshop.  Every sprig and blossom in a bouquet conveys a meaning. In this workshop, Rancho Los Cerritos Horticulturist Marie Barnidge-McIntyre will lead a presentation on the meanings of various flowers and herbs, and then participants can arrange their own small bouquet, called a tussie-mussie, to bring home. Registration fee of $45 includes materials, wine, and cheese.  Register online at:
For more information, contact Horticulturist Marie Barnidge-McIntyre, 562-206-2040.
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

1500 North College Avenue
Claremont 91711

(None for May)

Redlands Horticultural and Improvement Society

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

Thursday, 5/13, 7pm. The Care of Irises and How to Divide Bulbs in Your Garden. 

San Diego Botanic Garden

230 Quail Gardens Drive
Encinitas CA 92024

Sunday, 5/12, 9-11am.  Forest / Nature Bathing with Rhana Kozak.  Shinrin-yoku or Forest Bathing is a way of connecting people to nature. This idea, and the positive health effects of simply being and walking in a state of relaxation in a natural environment, has undergone significant scientific testing and validation in Japan and Korea. This innovative programming is trending in gardens and nature reserves across the country.  $32 members, $40 non-members.  To register, go to

Tuesday, 5/14, 9am-3pm.  Spring Succulent 10” Wreath Workshop.  Design and create your own succulent wreath using over 350 cuttings from our big, beautiful Garden. Proudly display your new wreath on any wall or table indoors or out. $65 members, $78 non-members.  Fee includes materials. Bring your own small clippers to class. Please register by May 7 at

Saturday, 5/18, 9:30-11am. Take a Walk in the Herb Garden with Jano Nightingale.  Walk down the glorious path to our herb garden and learn about the medicinal, aromatic and culinary properties of herbs. We will create herbal products for the body, mind and the senses and teach you what you need to create a successful backyard or container herb garden. $50 members, $60 non-members.  Also pay a $10 per student materials fee directly to the instructor on the day of class. Please register by May 11 at   

Sunday, 5/19, 10am-12noon.  Two House Plants Kokedama Workshop with Kodema Forest.  Kokedama is a traditional Japanese Living Art form where moss is used as a container for a plant. In this interesting and hands-on workshop, learn how to make Two House Plants Kokedama!  Plus a $33 per student materials fee paid directly to the instructor at the class. Please register by May 12 at:

Saturday, 5/25, 9am-3pm.  Palm, Cycad, Bamboo and Tropical Plant Sale 2019.  Co-hosted by the Palm Society of Southern California, this event features rare and exotic species provided by exceptional Southern California nurseries.  For more information, call Phil Bergman at 619-291–4605. Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

1212 Mission Canyon Rd.
Santa Barbara 93105

Daily through 5/5, 9am-6pm, Garden Nursery.  Spring Native Plant Sale.  While you can buy plants year round at the Garden Nursery, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden makes a much larger assortment of plants available at their Spring Native Plant Sale. This is the largest selection of native plants on the Central Coast with over 6,000 plants and 400 different varieties.  Note that Garden admission is not required to visit the sale.  For more information, visit, or contact nursery manager, Patrick Wiley at 805-682-4726 ext. 127.

Santa Barbara County Horticultural Society

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

Wednesday, 5/1, 7pm.  Fire Retardant Australian Native Plants with Jo O'Connell, owner and founder of Australian Native Plants Nursery in Oak View, CA.  The nursery as established in the early 1990’s by Jo and her husband Byron Cox. From the beginning, their vision was to provide plants that are hardy, drought tolerant, cut flower producing and bird attracting.  Jo will describe her experience with the devastating effects of the Thomas Fire – she lost her home and several structures at her growing grounds, which are located in Casitas Springs, as well as nursery stock and plants in the surrounding landscape.  She will share images of plant survivors, discuss the features of fire-retardant plants, and suggest maintenance and landscape design techniques to reduce the threat of wildfire.  Jo has more than 35 years’ experience growing Australian plants both in Australia and Southern California, and founded Australian Native Plants nursery in the early 1990s. Her background is in zoo horticulture, habitat design, re-vegetation projects and the cut flower industry. At her nursery, she specializes in plants from subtropical, arid and Mediterranean areas of Australia and South Africa. Jo will bring a broad selection of plants from her nursery to sell after her talk, with cash the preferred payment. Repeats first Wednesdays.

South Coast Botanic Garden

26300 Crenshaw Blvd
Palos Verdes Peninsula 90274

Sunday, 5/5, 9am-4pm.  Epiphyllum Society Show and Sale.  There are not many flower shows as colorful as an epiphyllum show. Although short-lived, the flowers of the hybrid epiphytic cacti are spectacular. Knowledgeable society members will be on hand to answer your questions. Plants and cuttings will be available to purchase.

Southern California Horticultural Society

Friendship Auditorium
3201 Riverside Drive
Los Angeles CA 90027

Thursday, 5/9, 7:30pm.  Hot Color, Dry Garden by Nan Sterman, garden expert, author and host of A Growing Passion.  She’ll present a program based on her new landscape design book.

Theodore Payne Foundation

10459 Tuxford Street
Sun Valley 91352

Saturday, 5/4, 10am-12noon.  Bird LA Day: Backyard Birding with Steve Gerischer, Landscape designer, Larkspur Garden Design.  Turn your garden into an avian paradise of native plants and the birds that love them! Class includes lecture, helpful handouts on California flora for songbirds and hummingbirds, and time for Q&A.  Free, but please RSVP at

Saturday, 5/4, 1:30-3:30pm.  Hypertufa Container Workshop with Steve Gerischer, Landscape designer, Larkspur Garden Design.  A super-fun, hands-on messy activity for grown-ups and families alike! Using cement, perlite and coir, each attendee will make a relatively lightweight container that resembles a time-weathered stone trough. Wear old clothes and shoes. All materials provided. $30 members, $40 non-members.  Register at

Wednesday, 5/8, 3-5pm.  Right Plant, Right Place at the Nature Gardens at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, 900 West Exposition Boulevard, Los Angeles 90007.  Knowing native habitats can help you choose the right plants for your place. This workshop 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 Native Garden Design Course. The workshop begins with a presentation and is followed by a walk through the Museum’s Nature Gardens.  $25 TPF or NHM members, $35 non-members.  Register at

Saturday, 5/11, 1:30-4pm.  Right Plant, Right Place with Lili Singer, Director of Special Projects, Theodore Payne Foundation.  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 Theodore Payne Foundation’s Three-Part California Native Garden Design Course. $25 members, $35 non-members.  Register at

Wednesday, 5/15, 9-10am.  Irrigation Basics for the Native Garden, a Walk and Talk with Tim Becker, Director of Horticulture, Theodore Payne Foundation.  Curious about the best ways to water your native garden? This focused walk on TPF grounds covers how, when and where to irrigate, as well as the benefits and drawbacks for overhead, drip and hand-watering equipment. Bring your hat and water bottle. Limit: 15.  $15 members, $20 non-members.  Register at

Saturday, 5/25, 1:30-4pm.  Native Plant Garden Maintenance with Steve Singer, Horticulturist, Theodore Payne Foundation.  Topics include watering, fertilizing (or not), mulching, pest management and other aspects of garden care. You’ll also discover how native plants respond to pruning cuts (good and bad), what we trigger with our gardening activities, and how to develop good maintenance goals.  $25 members, $35 non-members.  Register at

University of California Riverside Botanic Garden

900 University Avenue
Riverside 92521

(None for May)

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