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  • PLANT INFORMATION
    1st Wednesdays of the month
    1:30pm – 3:00pm / Palm Room
    Wednesday, January 4th
    Wednesday, February 1st
    Wednesday, March 1st
    Wednesday, April 5th
    Wednesday, May 3rd
    Wednesday, June 7th
    Free for members / Free for non-members (with arboretum admission)
    Instructor: Frank McDonough

    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!


    HOME ORCHARDING
    Instructor: Steve Hofvendahl
    January 28, 2017; 10:00am – 12:00pm / Education House
    $25 Arboretum members / $35 non-members (Includes Arboretum Admission)
    To Register please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class

    Want to grow your own fruit? Come learn some basics about fruit trees in Southern California. We’ll cover the species and varieties that do the best here and how to consider their different needs for care and pruning. Design and lay-out considerations for your particular property will be discussed. The beauty of orcharding in So Cal is that, with the right planning and attention, you can eat several kinds of delicious home grown fruit throughout the year!”
    Steve Hofvendahl grows around 100 fruiting trees and plants on his property (he lost count long ago). He ran the TreePeople Fruit Tree Program for 11 years where he successfully over-saw the distribution of over 50,000 free fruit trees to low income families throughout Los Angeles County. He is a Master Gardener and a member of the California Rare Fruit Growers.


    SOIL SCIENCE FOR HOME & PROFESSIONAL GARDENERS
    Instructor: Lynn Fang
    February 4, 2017; 10:00am – 12:00pm / Bamboo Room
    $25 Arboretum members / $35 non-members (Includes Arboretum Admission)
    To Register please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class

    What is soil? And what do you need to pay attention to for your garden? Demystify soil with Lynn Fang, MS, as she uncovers the essential principles behind healthy soil and healthy plants. Go beyond the chemistry of the soil and begin to understand that the soil matrix is a convergence of biology and physics that can help to enhance water retention, minimize soil loss from erosion, and sequester carbon from the atmosphere. Learn how to remineralize your soil, which lab tests to take, and how the unique soil building processes at the Crescent Farm have drastically improved soil health.


    THE NEW CALIFORNIA LANDSCAPE
    Saturday, February 11; 10:00 am. – 12:30 pm. / Bamboo Room
    Saturday, May 13; 10:00 am. – 12:30 pm. / Bamboo Room
    Instructor: Jill Morganelli
    $25 Arboretum members / $35 non-members (Includes Arboretum Admission)
    To Register please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class

    Join Jill Morganelli, the Arboretum’s Horticultural Supervisor, on tours through gardens that demonstrate responsible stewardship for our Southern California landscapes while providing beauty and seasonal interest. Each session will highlight water-maximizing garden construction, installation and site-specific recommendations for irrigation systems, and water-savy landscape horticulture selections from Australia, South Africa, California natives, as well as plants from our water conservation, desert, and many specialty gardens. Design technique, stewardship and habitat building are also discussed. Classes meet in the Rotunda and are held outdoors in all weather.


    WILD SUBURBIA – LEARNING TO GARDEN WITH NATIVE PLANTS
    Sunday, February 19, 2017; 3:00pm – 5:00pm / Ayres Hall
    Speaker: Barbara Eisenstein
    $8 Arboretum members / $10 non-members (Includes Arboretum Admission)
    To Register please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class

    Looking to transform your traditional, high-water-use yard into a peaceful habitat garden abounding with biodiversity? Barbara Eisenstein, author of Wild Suburbia: Learning to Garden with Native Plants, will discuss the joys and challenges of tending a native garden and sign copies of her books.

    Barbara Eisenstein is a research associate and former horticultural outreach coordinator at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont, California. She is the horticultural chair of the San Gabriel Mountains chapter of the California Native Plant Society, and founder and organizer of Friends of South Pasadena Nature Park.


    RAISED BED GARDENING WITH FARMSCAPE
    Saturday, February 25, 2017
    Matthew Geldin / Farmscape
    10am – 12pm / Education House
    $25 Arboretum members / $35 non-members (Includes Arboretum Admission)
    To Register please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class

    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!


    PLANT PROPAGATION
    Instructor: Laramee Haynes
    March 18, 2017; 10:00am – 12:00pm / Bamboo Room
    $25 Arboretum members / $35 non-members (Includes Arboretum Admission)
    To Register please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class

    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.


    INTRO TO PLANT ID
    1:30pm – 4pm / Palm Room
    $60 members / $70 non-members (includes Arboretum admission)
    Instructor: Frank McDonough
    Friday, April 7
    Friday, April 14
    Friday, April 21
    Friday, April 28
    To Register please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class

    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.


    CRESCENT FARM SERIES
    Saturdays, 10:00am / Crescent Farm
    Free for members / Free for non-members (with arboretum admission)
    Instructor: Crescent Farm Staff – Leigh Adams, John Latsko, Brianne, and Horticultural Supervisor Jill Morganelli
    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.

    January 21 – Lawn Alternatives
    Reimagine your lawn with interesting, vibrant alternatives! Explore cool and warm season grasses. Create a colorful four-season meadow with California native seeds. Consider evergreen options that are highlighted through low growing ground covers and a variety of subshrubs. For those who are not interested in turning your yard into a “drive by Arizona liquor store” gravel pit experience, this workshop is a must.

    February 18 – Swale Workshop
    Swales in the yard provide beauty, topography and water-harvesting opportunities. This workshop covers how to design, build and maintain swales. Enhance the health of the plants in your yard and use less water by introducing swales into the landscape.

    March 11 – California Meadow
    Spend a spring morning in a beautiful meadow at Crescent Farm! Last November we demonstrated how to plant a California-friendly wildflower meadow as a lawn alternative and in this workshop we explore its progression. Plant ID, habitat building and meadow maintenance will be discussed.

    April 22 – Pollinators
    Crescent Farm provides amazing habitat where our local fauna thrives. In the design and development phases of building Crescent Farm special consideration was given to plant selection and how these plants establish superior homes for native bees, birds and butterflies. Introducing pollinators into your yard adds interest, photo and learning opportunities for the whole family.

    May 20 – Weaving / Basketry
    Learn to use your bio-mass (plant waste) to create garden structures. Simple weaving techniques can use leaves as cordage, branches as trellises, tomato cages, shade shelters, and various long lasting leaves as weavers. Design and build compost structures, plant guards and soil traps in your own Crescent Garden.

    June 17 – Crescent Farm Horticulture
    Explore horticulture at Crescent Farm. Tour our choices for low water lawn alternatives, California native ethnobotanic plants of our local indigenous tribes, arid climate orchard trees and native wildflowers! Get ideas for your home landscape from our New California Landscape. Growing tips will also be discussed.


    GREAT TOMATO SALE & TALK
    3/24 – 3/26
    Top Tomato Picks for 2017! Learn all the tricks to successful planting and harvesting of the best tomatoes for this area. The Tomato Talk will be on Saturday, March 25th, and THE GREAT TOMATO PLANT SALE on the patio behind the Gift Shop all three days. You won’t want to miss the large selection of different varieties of organic heirloom tomato plants!


    NO SACRIFICE, LOW WATER GARDEN
    Instructor: Scott Kleinrock
    April 1, 2017 10:00am – 12:00pm / Education House
    $25 Arboretum members / $35 non-members (Includes Arboretum Admission)
    To Register please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class

    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.


    THE ESSENTIAL EDIBLE GARDEN – A PEEK AT A NEW PARADIGM
    Instructor: Kyra Saegusa
    April 29, 2017 12:00pm – 1:30pm / Education House
    $25 Arboretum members / $35 non-members (Includes Arboretum Admission)
    To Register please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class

    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.

    Kyra Saegusa is a long-time gardener and garden educator. For the last four years she honed her craft at The Huntington Ranch Garden, an experimental, ecosystem-based gardening demonstration site, where she researched sustainable practices in home gardening. Her work and interests include educating the public, research on native pollinators, wildlife habitat and soil biology, and exploring delicious, lower-water use, resilient food crops and edible, garden-appropriate California native plants for the Southern Californian urban gardener. She is currently involved in several projects to provide community garden educators and home-owners hands-on training in ecosystem-based gardening concepts and techniques.


    IRRIGATION FOR THE HOME EDIBLE LANDSCAPE
    Instructor: Scott Kleinrock
    May 27, 2017 10:00am – 12:00pm / Bamboo Room
    $25 Arboretum members / $35 non-members (Includes Arboretum Admission)
    To Register please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class

    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.

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