Thursday Garden Talks with Lili Singer
Thursday Garden Talks with Lili Singer
SPRING 2015: 8 Thursdays, March 12 – April 30
9:30am–Noon / Palm Room
$100 for the series, $20 per class / Reservations or you may pay at the door
Information and registration: 626.821.4623 or email@example.com;
www.arboretum.org pre-registration required for field trips
March 12 Enjoying Herbs Everyday! with Karen England
An entertaining presentation on how to grow and use herbs to add flavor and fragrance to your life on a daily basis. Expect plenty of show-and-smell and an interactive hands-on learning experience. The program includes herbal bread-baking and jam-making and sampling! With more than forty years in the nursery business, Karen consults for her family’s garden center and runs Edgehill Herb Farm, a home-based business (edgehillherbfarm.com). She is a member of the International Herb Association and is recognized as the herb expert of the Vista Garden Club.
March 19 Adaptations of Xerophytes with John Trager
This illustrated program examines the breadth of xerophytic adaptations with an emphasis on succulent diversity. Xerophytes are plants – including but not limited to cacti and other succulents – that live in environments with limited water. The morning includes a walk through succulent gardens at the Arboretum. John is Curator of the Desert Collections at the Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California where he has worked since 1983. His accomplished career includes propagation, publication and photography – more than 2000 of his images have been published in numerous textbooks and horticultural journals. He has traveled widely on many continents in search of plants (and insects).
March 26 Field Trip – Nursery Hopping in Orange County: Tree of Life and Roger’s Gardens, 10:00am-1:30pm
An early spring excursion to two of the region’s finest nurseries: Tree of Life Nursery in rural San Juan Capistrano, specializing in California native plants and a source of much sage advice (californianativeplants.com); and Roger’s Gardens in coastal Corona del Mar, purveyor of beautiful plants from around the world and other items for the home and garden (rogersgardens.com). Leave plenty of room in the car for your purchases! Pre-registration required.
April 2 Beauty & Balance: Rediscovering Joy in a Sustainable Garden with Joshua Link
Beauty and balance are two factors that humans crave in life. They also are the basis of gardens that make us happy and enrich the environment. This session begins with a riveting lecture that traces the transformation of regional gardens from conventional to sustainable, from a traditional to true beauty – and ends with extended Q&A and open discussion on how to get started on your own sustainable garden conversion. Joshua is a registered landscape architect, urban designer, graphic artist and writer. As founding principal of Ecotone Studios (ecotonestudios.com), he guides a practice dedicated to reconciling the physical and philosophical divide between urban and wild. His work includes a broad range of projects, including greenways, parks, campuses, streetscapes, regional plans, public art installations and residential gardens.
April 9 Field Trip: Three Great Gardens Around (but Not in) Pasadena, 9:30am-12:30pm
Visit three exceptionally colorful, beautiful and sustainable home landscapes in all of their spring glory! We’ll travel from South Pasadena to Altadena to La Crescenta to enjoy and tour these unique displays of mostly native flora and discover simple techniques for saving water, lowering maintenance and inviting wildlife into the garden. Pre-registration required.
April 16 Chili, Chilies and Hot Sauce: A Spicy Sampling of Southern California History with Ernest Miller
When you think of chilies and hot sauces, you most likely imagine Central America, Texas, Louisiana and Mexico. But you should think of Southern California, as we are one of the world’s leaders in chili history and production. This talk covers the popular pepper and how it has been used over the years. A yummy chili-related snack will be prepared and served. Ernest is a chef, food historian, UCCE Master Gardener, educator, consultant and founder of Rancho La Merced Provisions LLC. He has been a Master Food Preserver since 2009 and is the program’s lead instructor. He has been called the Huell Howser of California food.
April 23 Hipster Horticulture: A Look at What Might Be Growing in Your Future Garden with Frank McDonough
A look at what’s trending in terms of new vegetables, grains and fruits, many of which can be grown in local home gardens. You’re going to quinoa-nt to be there to find out about oca, ulluco and other exotic foodstuffs that perform well here, and some of them are drought tolerant, too. Frank is the botanical information consultant at the L.A. Arboretum.
April 30 In Praise of Garden Blues with Lili Singer
A plant lover’s exaltation of plants with flowers, fruit or foliage in various tints, shades and hues of blue – a color that shines like no other in the garden. The presentation features both native and non-native plants for a range of garden conditions, with suggested companion plants whose colors accentuate the power of the blues. Lili is an award-winning horticulturist, educator and garden writer. She has coordinated the Thursday Morning Garden Talks at the Arboretum for more than a decade.