February 2020

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, 2/1, 9-10am.  Pet-Friendly Houseplants.  We love our houseplants and we love our pets. We’ll teach you about houseplants that will work in any room of your house that are also safe for our furry friends. Free, but please register at https://www.armstronggarden.com/event-calendar/event/eventview/id/381/

Saturday, 2/8, 9-10am.  Orchids.  Orchids look exotic, but are easy to grow with blooms that last weeks or even months. Our local horticulturist will show you the best way to water, feed, and get your orchids to rebloom, and repot--all you need to know for beautiful orchids.  Free, but register at https://www.armstronggarden.com/event-calendar/event/eventview/id/382/

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

1750 North Altadena Drive
Pasadena 91107


Check website for current listings.

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

1008 11th Street
Santa Monica 90403


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

16633 Magnolia Blvd
Encino 91436


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California Rare Fruit Growers – South Bay Chapter

South Coast Botanic Garden
26300 Crenshaw Blvd

Palos Verdes Peninsula 90274


Saturday, 2/15, 10am-12noon, Room A.  Scion Exchange.  Members bring and share scion of fruit trees to be grafted to a young tree or to a branch of an adult tree.  Members will get a scion from the collections of scions and graft it on their fruit trees.  Become a member at the meeting for $12.00/annually.  For more information, contact Luz Keating, 310-765-0570, Ldkeating@sbcglobal.net .

Coastkeeper Garden

1560 East Santiago Canyon Road
Orange 92869


Saturday, 2/1, 10am.  Tomato Growing Tips with Dave Freed, “Dave the Tomato Guy”.  Master the art of self-watering, planting and pollination techniques to substantially improve garden harvests.  Dave developed a unique watering system to produce more than 50 pounds of tomatoes from a single plant, which can be applied to most household vegetables.  For more information, email Garden@coastkeeper.org

Saturday, 2/8, 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/CoastkeeperGardenShare.  Repeats second Saturdays. 

Descanso Gardens

1418 Descanso Drive
La Canada Flintridge 91011


Saturday, 2/29, 2pm. Pollinator-Human Plant Forages with Nance Klehm.  In conjunction with Fruiting Bodies exhibit at the Sturt Haaga Gallery, ecological systems engineer Nance Klehm will lead a  walk to learn about flowering plants visited by native bees. Both humans and pollinators have forged strong relationships with some of the same perennial and woody plants. During this forage, we will encounter and learn about flowering plants visited by native bees and their shared history with humans for food and medicine. The walk will end with a foraged herbal tea and light foraged snack.  $20 members; $30 non-members. Advance registration required at https://68138.blackbaudhosting.com/68138/Foraging-Walk-Pollinator-Human-Plant-Forages-29Feb2020

Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley

UCR Palm Desert
75-080 Frank Sinatra Drive
Palm Desert 92211


Check website for current listings.

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, 02/15/20, 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


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Fullerton Arboretum

1900 Associated Road
Fullerton 92831


Saturday, 2/8, 10am. Friends’ Guided Tour. Meet at the Nature Center and join one of our knowledgeable docents as they guide you on a tour through the beautiful garden. Limit 15 people.  $5 donation. Repeats on 2nd Saturday.

Saturday, 2/8, 10am.  Basics of Composting. Learn what to add into your heap and what absolutely needs to stay out of the pile. Once you put these skills to practice and begin to divert waste from overfilling landfills, you will feel like you are doing your part in saving the planet. $7 member, $10 non-member.

Saturday, 2/15, 9am. Medicinal & Edible Plants of the Southwest. 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 member, $30non-member.

Thursday, 2/20, 9am. Have you ever wanted to have your own bonsai tree but did not know where to start? Sign up for this class 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. Instructor will be covering topics such as variety of trees, survivability, soil, transplanting and timing, appropriate pots, fertilizers and the various styles of bonsai. At the end of class, you will be walking out with your very own bonsai. $20 member, $25 non-member.

Saturday, 2/22, 10am. Friends’ Guided Tour. Meet at the Nature Center and join one of our knowledgeable docents as they guide you on a tour through the beautiful garden. Limit 15 people.  $5 donation. Repeats on 4th Saturdays.

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 & Sunday, 2/8 & 2/9, Sat 1-5pm, Sunday 10am-5pm, Brody Botanical Center.  48th Annual Camellia Show and Sale.  Hundreds of gorgeous blooms will compete for top honors at The Huntington’s 48th annual Camellia Show, co-sponsored by the Southern California Camellia Society. View the exhibits, shop for camellia plants to grow at home, and get some expert tips on care and cultivation. Explore the acres of blooming camellias in the gardens. General admission.

Thursday, 2/13, 2:30pm.  Designing a Desert Moonlight Garden, Ahmanson Classroom, Brody Botanical Center.  Horticulturist Jason Wiley of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum will discuss how to design a “moonlight garden” featuring drought-tolerant, night-blooming plants and other features that lend magic to the landscape after dark. A well-designed moonlight garden, says Wiley, engages all five senses—sight, smell, touch, sound, and taste—to create a fully immersive experience.  He will also discuss design elements such as water, fire, lighting, and creating gathering spaces. A plant sale follows the talk.

Thursday, 2/20, 4:30-6:30pm, Auditorium, Brody Botanical Center.  Historia Plantarum.  Alain Touwaide, historian of botany, medicine, and medicinal plants, explores related topics in a four-part seminar series. The theme for the 2020 season is Reading Historical Gardens, with monthly sessions focusing on gardens in ancient Rome and Pompeii, Byzantium and the Arabic world, and Europe in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.  Touwaide is the author of multiple publications on these topics and teaches at UCLA.

Thursday, 2/20, 7:30pm, Rothenberg Hall.  The Making of a Medium: Borrowing Views from Painting and Fiction in Early Modern Chinese Garden Design.  S.E. Kile, assistant professor of Chinese literature at the University of Michigan, will examine the first two Chinese works that considered garden design as an art: Ji Cheng’s Yuanye (Fashioning Gardens, 1631–34) and Li Yu’s Xianqing ouji (Leisure Notes, 1671). By excavating the garden’s relationship to other art forms, Kile will present an account of the garden as a medium of artistic expression in early modern China.

Saturday, 2/22, 9am-12noon.  Bonsai Workshop.  Learn the ancient art of growing and shaping miniature trees in this hands-on workshop presented in conjunction with the weekend’s Bonsai-a-Thon event. Each participant will receive a small tree to grow at home, with instructions for care and maintenance. Members: $45. Non-Members: $55. Registration: huntington.org/calendar.

Saturday, 2/22, 9-11:30am.  Bonsai Builders.  Join the fun of this weekend’s Bonsai-a-Thon in a hands-on workshop with the pros, then take home your own miniature tree to grow at home. Ages 7 and up. (Fee includes one child and accompanying adult.) Member: $35. Non-Members: $45. Registration: huntington.org/calendar.

Saturday & Sunday, 2/22 & 2/23, 11am-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 3 p.m. each day. Proceeds from the event support the Golden State Bonsai Collection at The Huntington. General admission.

Saturday, 2/29, 8:30am-5pm, Rothenberg Hall.  “Unscholarly” Gardens: Rethinking the Gardens of China.  The image of a “Chinese garden” that most often comes to mind is that of the white-walled, gray-tiled gardens built by scholar-officials and merchants in the city of Suzhou during the Ming dynasty (1368–1644). Despite its iconic status in the contemporary imagination, the Suzhou-style scholar’s garden is only one type among many. Exploring “unscholarly” spaces such as monastic gardens, merchant gardens, medicinal gardens, and market gardens, this symposium will challenge common assumptions about what makes a garden in China. $15. (An optional lunch can be pre-ordered for an additional cost.) Registration: huntington.org/calendar.

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, 2/5, 1:30-3pm.  Vegetabalia – Everything You Need To Know To Plan, Prepare, And Plant Your Vegetable Garden with LA County Arboretum Plant Information Consultant Frank McDonough. Register online at www.arboretum.org/calendar . For questions, call the Education Department at 626-821-4623.  Repeats First Wednesdays. 

Saturday, 2/1, 10am-12noon.  At Home with Houseplants with Danae Horst. Join Danae Horst, from Folia Collective, as she leads you through the essentials of both selecting the right plants for your space, and the care know-how needed to see them thrive! $35 for LA County Arboretum members, $45 for non-members. Register online at arboretum.org/calendar. For questions, call the Education Department at 626.821.4623.

Saturday, 2/15, 10am-12noon.  Beyond Sustainability: The Future of Regenerative Building in Southern California with Rohan. Regenerative Building offers a wide range of solutions to Southern California’s most pressing issues. Whether it be resiliency to extreme weather events, clean energy, waste management, food and water security, citizens are now able to live sustainably, while having a positive impact on their environment. Free for LA County Arboretum members, free for non-members (with admission). Register online at arboretum.org/calendar. For questions, call the Education Department at 626.821.4623.

Saturday, 2/22, 10am-12noon. Tree Identification Jerry Turney. Each class will have a one-hour lecture that will cover 20 tree species followed by a walk in the Arboretum to see the trees that were covered during the lecture. $20 for LA County Arboretum members, $30 for non-members. Register online at arboretum.org/calendar. For questions, call the Education Department at 626.821.4623.

Saturday, 2/29, 10am-12noon. Raised Bed Gardening with Farmscape. Do you grow food in raised garden beds? So do we! After installing and maintaining hundreds of raised bed gardens, we’d like to think we’ve learned a thing or two by now. 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! $20 for LA County Arboretum members, $30 for non-members. 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 Alamitos Historic Ranch

6400 East Bixby Hill Road
Long Beach 90815


Check website for current listings.

Rancho Los Cerritos

4600 Virginia Road
Long Beach 90807


Weekends and Weekdays by Prior Arrangement. One-Hour Garden Tours. Visitors are free to explore the gardens on their own during open hours, Wednesdays-Sundays, 1-5pm.  For details about all of our tours, visit http://www.rancholoscerritos.org/things-to-do-hub/tours/ .

Wednesday, 2/5, 1-4pm.  Native Garden Maintenance with Andrew Chaves followed by a garden tour.   $25 member, $35 non-member.  Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/native-plant-garden-maintenance-with-andrew-chaves-tickets-86742552309 .  For more information, contact the Theodore Payne Foundation at info@theodorepayne.org .

Thursday, 2/13, 8-9:30am, meet in the lower parking lot at 8am sharp. Bird Walk. Stroll through the grounds of the historic Rancho and watch both resident birds and seasonal migrants. Participants will also listen to calls and songs and potentially observe other specific seasonal behaviors. Wear comfortable closed toed shoes and bring a hat and binoculars. Rain cancels. More details online at https://www.rancholoscerritos.org . For more information, please contact Horticulturist Marie Barnidge-McIntyre, 562-206-2040.  Repeats 2nd Thursdays.

Saturday, 2/29, 12-12:45pm.  Theodore Payne and Ralph Cornell: Champions of California’s Native Plants with Marie Barnidge-McIntyre.  Friends of Rancho Los Cerritos will take a field trip to the Theodore Payne classroom to meet fellow garden lovers and learn about the vision and legacy of two pioneers and their partnership in promoting California native plants with instructor.  $20 members, $25 non-members.  Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/theodore-payne-and-ralph-cornell-champions-of-californias-native-plants-tickets-86743390817 .  For more information, contact the Theodore Payne Foundation at info@theodorepayne.org .

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

1500 North College Avenue
Claremont 91711


Saturday, 2/1, 10am-12noon.  Edible Natives: Foraging, Growing and Preparing.  Join us in learning about how to forage, grow and prepare common native edible plants.  $30 Public, $20 RSABG Members.  Register online at https://www.rsabg.org/events-programs/classes . For more information, contact Eli Feldman- efeldman@rsabg.org

Redlands Horticultural and Improvement Society

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


Check website for current listings.

San Diego Botanic Garden

230 Quail Gardens Drive
Encinitas CA 92024


Sunday, 2/9, 10am-12noon.  Orchid Kokedama Workshop.  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, you will learn the skills behind Kokedama and how to make your very own. Please bring your own apron and gloves. Instructor: Kodema Forest.  Members $20, non-members $24; also a $38 per student materials fee paid directly to the instructor at the class.  Please register by 2/2 at https://apm.activecommunities.com/sandiegobotanicgarden/Home

Tuesday, 2/11, 9am-12noon.  Table Top Succulent Mushroom Topiary.  Design a charming tabletop succulent mushroom topiary using a special mix of succulents from the garden. All materials are included. Please bring small clippers. Instructor: SDBG succulent Wreath Team.  Members $35, non-members $42. Fee includes materials.  Please register by 2/4 at https://apm.activecommunities.com/sandiegobotanicgarden/Home

Sunday, 2/16, 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 Nature, has undergone significant scientific testing and validation in Japan and Korea. This innovative programming is trending in gardens and nature reserves across the country.  $40 non-members, $32 members.  Please register by 2/10 at https://apm.activecommunities.com/sandiegobotanicgarden/Home Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

1212 Mission Canyon Rd.
Santa Barbara 93105


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Santa Barbara County Horticultural Society

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


Check website for listings. Monthly meetings repeat first Wednesdays.

South Coast Botanic Garden

26300 Crenshaw Blvd
Palos Verdes Peninsula 90274


Saturday, 2/8, 1-3:30pm.  Container and Small Space Gardening.  Learn how to have your own green space anywhere you live with Master Gardener Sara Saxonberg. She’ll introduce you to the concepts of plant placement and container gardening to create your very own green space. Having a yard not required! Patios, balconies and window sills are plenty to grow something beautiful and delicious! This class will be held outdoors, rain or shine. Wear gardening clothes and hats appropriate for the weather.  Members ages 12 and up: $15; Non-members ages 12 and up: $19.

Southern California Horticultural Society

Friendship Auditorium
3201 Riverside Drive
Los Angeles CA 90027


Thursday, 2/13, 7-9pm.  [Change of venue:  Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, 5333 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles 90027).  Evan Meyer on South African flora: a botanical travelogue.  Admission is free for members, children, and students with ID, and $5 for non-members. Meetings also include expert discussion of plants in the Plant Forum table, and we often have Plant Raffles. Plants, used and new books and magazines are usually for sale at the meetings.

Theodore Payne Foundation

10459 Tuxford Street
Sun Valley 91352


Saturday, 2/1, 1-3:30pm.  Right Plant, Right Place with Lili Singer, TPF Director of Special Projects.  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 your garden’s conditions, including climate, soil, sunlight and space. A valuable class for beginners and the prerequisite for our 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-79751357457

Wednesday, 2/5, 1-4pm.  Native Plant Garden Maintenance with Andrew Chaves, TPF Director of Operations.  Location: Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site, 4600 Virginia Road, Long Beach 90807.  Subjects covered include watering, fertilizing (or not), grooming, mulching, pest management and other aspects of garden maintenance. 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. Presentation will be followed by a tour of the Rancho's grounds.  Members $25, Non-members $35.  Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/native-plant-garden-maintenance-with-andrew-chaves-tickets-86742552309

Friday, 2/7, 8:30-10am.  Lawn-to-Garden Basics, a Walk and Talk with Flora Ito, TPF Nursery Sales Manager.  The lawn is gone (or will be soon) and you’re looking for native plant inspiration. This focused walk in TPF’s gardens showcases different landscape options and explains how to create a basic planting plan. Students will receive a copy of TPF’s new From Lawn to Garden guide.  Members $20 Non-members $25.  Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lawn-to-garden-basics-a-walk-and-talk-with-flora-ito-tickets-85270096153

Saturday, 2/8, 9am-12noon.  Propagating Native Plants from Cuttings with Tim Becker, TPF Director of Horticulture.  Learn basic skills of vegetative propagation. Various species of native plants will be discussed and started from cuttings in this hands-on session, and you’ll leave with a flat of starts for your own garden! Please note that this workshop is held in our propagation shed and gardens; students should come prepared for three hours of standing with up to one mile of walking in the sun. Limited to 10 students.  Members $50, Non-members $65.  Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/propagating-native-plants-from-cuttings-with-tim-becker-tickets-82245533605

Saturday, 2/8, 1:30-4pm.  Irrigation Practices for Native Plant Gardens with Tim Becker, TPF 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. This is an outdoor class, so be sure to 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-82251515497

Friday, 2/14, 9-10am.  Native Plant Maintenance Basics, a Walk and Talk with Tim Becker, TPF Director of Horticulture.  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.  Members $15, Non-members $20.  Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/native-plant-maintenance-basics-a-walk-and-talk-with-tim-becker-tickets-81851332539

Saturday, 2/15, 10-11:30am.  Propagating Native Plants from Divisions with Tim Becker, TPF Director of Horticulture. Various native plants will be started in this hands-on session, and you’ll leave with a collection of new plants for your own garden! Limited to 10 students.  Members $30, Non-members $40.  Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/propagating-native-plants-from-divisions-with-tim-becker-tickets-81849713697

Saturday, 2/15, 10-11am.  Native Plant Flashcard Workshop with Lili Singer, TPF Director of Special Projects.  Join Lili Singer, lead author of our new Native Plants for Southern California Gardens flashcards, for a one-hour workshop on how to get the most out of your deck. Attendees must bring their own set of flashcards. Cards can be purchased at TPF and online at store.theodorepayne.org, and will be available on the day of the class.  Free, but you must register in advance to hold your place. Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-native-plant-flashcard-workshop-with-lili-singer-tickets-87565975189

Saturday, 2/29, 12noon-2:45pm.  Theodore Payne and Ralph Cornell: Champions of California’s Native Plants with Marie Barnidge-McIntyre, Horticulturist, Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site & Diana Sherwood, K-12 Educator, Theodore Payne Foundation.  Delve into the vision and legacy of two pioneers and their partnership in promoting California native plants.  Members $20 (TPF or Rancho Los Cerritos), Non-members $25.  Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/theodore-payne-and-ralph-cornell-champions-of-californias-native-plants-tickets-86743390817

University of California Riverside Botanic Garden

900 University Avenue
Riverside 92521



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University of California South Coast Research & Extension Center

7601 Irvine Blvd
Irvine 92618


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