Hosted by Matt-Dell & Rebecca Tufenkian
8 Thursdays / 9:30am – 12noon / Palm Room
$140 for the series / $25 per class (includes Arboretum admission)

Each class begins with an open discussion which may or may not include: show & tell, current events, culture tips, pest problems, and introductions of new plants. The class will also include lectures or hands-on workshops from the following speakers.

Thursday Class Session: (9:30-12:00pm)
9/15, Jose & Carrie Hernandez – CJ’s Organic Farm
CJ’s Organic Farm grows heirloom vegetables, fruits, and herbs for year-round weekly Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) baskets and have a booth at the Villa Park Farmers’ Market in Pasadena every Tuesday morning. They also sell organically grown heirloom vegetables and herb starts for your garden year round.

9/22, Nancy Bird – Free Rocks for Your Garden
Nancy will show beautiful colorful rocks that will compliment your garden. She will also explain the Bureau of Land Management rules and permitting procedures for collecting rocks for free!

9/29, Jill Morganelli – New Gardens & Garden Renovations at the Arboretum
Jill Morganelli is the Arboretum’s Horticultural Supervisor. Join her as she talks about the improvements being made to your Arboretum experience.

10/6, Harold Koopowitz – Fall Blooming Daffodils
Harold Koopowitz was the Director of the UCI Arboretum for twenty years. He is now Professor Emeritus of Biology in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UCI, where he did research on conservation and ecology. He is well known internationally for breeding both Slipper Orchids and Miniature Daffodils. He is Editor Emeritus for the Orchid Digest which he edited for ten years. Currently, Harold is first Vice-President of the American Daffodil Society. Harold will bring copies of his new novel an Orchid Adventure called “Diamonds and Disas” for sale and signing.

10/13, Joe Brosius – Magic Growers
Magic Growers Production Manager, Joe Brosius is responsible for propagating and growing all plant material products and is a partner in the nursery. He is a past president of the L.A. chapter of California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers (CANGC). Joe received his BSc. degree in Ornamental Horticulture from Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo.

10/20, Christine Anthony – Cook Now from Your Garden & Plant Now in Your Garden
A seasonal look at the edibles you’re harvesting now and what to do with them in the kitchen to eat and keep followed by a discussion of what is best to plant in your edibles garden right now for your meals in the months to come. Hosted by Christine Anthony, the Renee’s Garden Seeds rep to The Arboretum and a UCCE Master Gardener, she shares practical tips learned from life long experience in the garden and the kitchen. Please be prepared to share your recipe ideas and gardening tips with one and all, too.

10/27, Nicholas Staddon – The New American Garden
Nicholas Staddon travels not only in the United States but other parts of the world in search of new trends and great plants for American gardens. Get a first-hand look at some of the issues facing American gardeners today: invasive plants, the water situation, the plight of the pollinators, and what the solutions might be. Nicholas will also share some of his very best plant suggestions for our region. This promises to be a lively and informative presentation.

11/3, Leigh Adams – Permaculture: A Gardener’s Perspective
Interpretive Horticulturalist and Creator of the Crescent Garden, Leigh Adams will give us an overview of her experience working with Permaculture. She will then lead us on a private tour of the garden she created “behind the scenes” at the Arboretum.

Saturday Class Session: (10:00am-12:00pm)
Hosted by Matt-Dell & Rebecca Tufenkian
3 Saturdays / 10:00am – 12noon / Palm Room
$25 per class (includes Arboretum admission)

7/9 (Saturday) – Matt-Dell Tufenkian – The Scented Geranium Garden
Learn the joys of these easy-care, good-smelling, drought-tolerant plants! Matt-Dell will share with us about his family legacy and favorite plants – geraniums. He will show slides from the building of the Scented Geranium Garden (which he helped to create) and then lead us on a walk-through tour.

11/12 (Saturday) – Matt-Dell Tufenkian – Growing Geraniums from Cuttings
Ever wanted to learn more about growing your own easy-care, great-smelling, and beautiful drought-tolerant plants? Now is your chance. Join Matt-Dell as he teaches us how to start our own baby plants from seeds and cuttings.

12/17 (Saturday) – Rebecca Tufenkian – Succulent Wreaths
An eco-alternative decoration for the Holidays. During this hands-on class, we will all make our own succulent wreaths to take home and enjoy throughout the Holiday Season and beyond!

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