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We invite residents to attend gardening classes held by other institutions. If you have a class or event you want listed, hit the "Contact Us" link at the bottom and send us the information for consideration. For a list of County Smart Gardening classes, visit our Workshops schedule page.


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Title and Description

Arboretum

February 25, 2017

10:00 am - 12:00 pm / Education House

301 N Baldwin Ave
Arcadia 91007

Fee: Members: $25
Non-Members: $35 (Includes arboretum admission)
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!
Instructor: Matthew Geldin

Host: Arboretum (To Register please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class)
Natural History Museum

Saturday, February 26, 2017
Saturday, March 5, 2017
Saturday, March 12, 2017

12:00 pm - 4:30 pm

900 Exposition Blvd
Los Angeles 90007

Fee: 3 class series: Members: $100
Nonmembers: $120

Grow Your Own Vegetables!

Create your own edible garden for fresh, organic produce by learning how to:
- Create good soil out of your current one
- What, how, and when to plant
- How much and how often to add compost and water
- Manage insect pests and encourage “good bugs”
- Increase yield and add variety.

Instructor: Florence Nishida, Master Gardener | growtips@gmail.com


Host: Natural History Museum
Arboretum

1st Wednesdays of the month
Wednesday, March 1st
Wednesday, April 5th
Wednesday, May 3rd
Wednesday, June 7th

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm / Palm Room

301 N Baldwin Ave
Arcadia 91007

Fee: Members: free
Non-Members: free (with arboretum admission)
PLANT INFORMATION

Stay on top of the world of botany & horticulture when Arboretum botanist Frank McDonough covers various landscaping and gardening topics plus the latest news in gardening and plant science. Frank will also reveal some of the more important or unusual or entertaining questions that he and the volunteers have received from the public during the previous month. Bring your own plant questions for discussion. You never know what unique and fascinating topics will be addressed!




Host: Arboretum (RSVP: Education Department 626.821.4623)
Santa Clarita

Sunday, March 5, 2017
10:15 AM to 12:00 PM
Soil composition, amendments & preparation for summer crop planting

Sunday, March 19, 2017
10:15 AM to 12:00 PM
What, when, how & how much to plant of each crop - seeds/starts

Sunday, March 26, 2017
10:15 AM to 12:00 PM
Plant support systems, pruning, thinning and harvesting


Fee: $15/person for the entire course or $5/person each class.
2017 Organic Gardening Class
Vegetable Gardening 101 Workshops


The Community Gardens of Santa Clarita is offering an ongoing vegetable gardening class lead by Graham Creme. Graham has a B.Sc from Nottingham University in Agricultural Science and also conducted post graduate research at Glasgow University in Plant Biochemical Physiology. He has been involved in growing fruit & vegetables for over 50 years.











Contact Us To Sign Up! communitygardensofsc@gmail.com
Arboretum

March 18, 2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm / Bamboo Room

301 N Baldwin Ave
Arcadia 91007



Fee: Members: $25
Non-Members: $35 (Includes arboretum admission)
PLANT PROPAGATION

Propagating your own plants can be a rewarding and truly green hobby. Making cuttings, divisions and planting seeds can be surprisingly easy. Like very slow cooking, follow the recipe and Mother Nature will help you succeed. Knowledge makes all thumbs green! The results can be added to your garden or shared with family and friends. This class will cover and demonstrate basic techniques that you can do at home. A handout is provided with a list of easy to propagate plants.
Instructor: Laramee Haynes



Host: Arboretum (To Register please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class)
Arboretum

Friday, April 7, 2017
Friday, April 14, 2017
Friday, April 21, 2017
Friday, April 28, 2017

1:30 pm - 4:00 pm / Palm Room

301 N Baldwin Ave
Arcadia 91007


Fee: Members: $60
Non-Members: $70 (Includes arboretum admission)
INTRO TO PLANT ID

Arboretum Botanist, Frank McDonough, will instruct this class that looks at more than a dozen major plant families represented by specimens here at the Arboretum. You will learn about plant classification, how to identify plants genus, family and order using both printed and digital plant keys. You will also learn how to identify and determine the most important plant structures for identifying an unknown plant, strategies for using the internet to help you identify plants and other tools and skills useful in plant identification. Each student is required to have: a 10X or 20X jewelers loop (preferably with light) and copy of “How to Identify Plants” by H.D. Harrington.


Host: Arboretum (To Register please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class)
Arboretum

February 18, 2017
March 11, 2017
April 22, 2017
May 20, 2017
June 17, 2017

Saturdays, 10:00am/Crescent Farm




301 N Baldwin Ave
Arcadia 91007



Fee: Members: free
Non-Members: free (with arboretum admission)
CRESCENT FARM SERIES

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. Please bring gloves, drinking water; wear close-toed shoes and a hat.

Instructor: Crescent Farm Staff – Leigh Adams, John Latsko, Brianne, and Horticultural Supervisor Jill Morganelli

February 18, 2017 - Swale Workshop
March 11, 2017 - California Meadow
April 22, 2017 - Pollinators
May 20, 2017 - Weaving/Basketry
June 17, 2017 - Crescent Farm Horticulture

Host: Arboretum
Arboretum

10:00 am - 12:00 pm / Education House

April 1, 2017

301 N Baldwin Ave
Arcadia 91007



Fee: Members: $25
Non-Members: $35 (Includes arboretum admission)
NO SACRIFICE, LOW WATER GARDEN

Low water landscapes do not have to be about “tightening the belt.” Learn how to envision spaces that accomplish everything you could want from a garden including providing color, habitat, shade, and places for respite and celebration, that simply need less water and resources because they are composed of plants naturally adapted to our regional conditions. We will cover important foundational concepts as well as basics of design, plant selection, and garden project preparation.

Instructor: Scott Kleinrock


Host: Arboretum (To Register please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class)
Arboretum

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm / Education House

April 29, 2017

301 N Baldwin Ave
Arcadia 91007


Fee: Members: $25
Non-Members: $35 (Includes arboretum admission)
THE ESSENTIAL EDIBLE GARDEN – A PEEK AT A NEW PARADIGM

Join Kyra Saegusa in exploring the rewards of the ecosystem-based edible landscape in this introductory workshop. This class will lay the foundation for introducing this wholistic practice into your own garden and help in the creation of your own sustainable verdant, food-producing space that is at the same time, livable and beautiful.




Host: Arboretum (To Register please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class)
Arboretum

10:00 am - 12:00 pm / Bamboo Room

May 27, 2017
301 N Baldwin Ave
Arcadia 91007



Fee: Members: $25
Non-Members: $35 (Includes arboretum admission)
IRRIGATION FOR THE HOME EDIBLE LANDSCAPE

Spray or Drip? Inline emitter or spaghetti tube? Manual or automatic valves? A well designed irrigation system can be a key factor to the success of your vegetable garden, and make a difference in being able to supply the right amount of water at the right timing to grow top quality home grown favorites. With all the options out there, it can be confusing to match the right approach to irrigation to what it is that you want to grow. Optimal approaches are different for fruit trees, vegetable beds, and more integrated edible landscapes. Scott Kleinrock will present his field tested favorite approaches to irrigating different types of edible gardens, including design and operation concepts, favorite products, basics of how to assemble, and further resources to make your DIY irrigation project a success.

Instructor: Scott Kleinrock

Host: Arboretum (To Register please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class)
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