Thursday, February 8; 9:30AM - 12:00PM

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Hosted by Matt-Dell & Rebecca Tufenkian

8 Thursdays / 9:30am – 12:00 noon 

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. 

$140 for the series or $25 per class 

Information and registration: call the Education Department 626-821-4623

  • All classes in this series are eligible for Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) Continuing Education hours.
  • Many of the classes in this series are eligible for UC Master Gardener Continuing Education hours – please contact Valerie at for more information on which classes are eligible.”


Winter 2018

January 11:     Healing with Medicinal Plants of the West, with James D. Adams

Dr. Adams is an associate professor of Pharmacology & Pharmaceutical Sciences at USC and is currently working on California medicinal plants. He was trained for many years by Chumash people and is a Traditional Healer. He has written many books and articles on Traditional Healing. He is particularly interested in pain control, stroke therapy, and eczema therapy with California medicinal plants. (2.5 APLD CEU Credits)

January 18:     All About Rose Care, with Jill Morganelli

Winter is the time to prune your roses to look their best for Spring. Learn the techniques for creating beautiful and healthy rose bushes from the Arboretum’s own Jill Morganelli, Senior Curator. She will demonstrate her “mantra” method as she prunes in the Rose Garden. (2.5 APLD CEU Credits)

January 25:     How The LA County Arboretum Changed My Life, with Christopher Nyerges

Christopher Nyerges is the author of 10 books, including Self-Sufficient HomeHow to Survive AnywhereEnter the Forest, and Guide to Wild Foods. He was the editor of Wilderness Way magazine for 7 years. Christopher will share how his interest in Ethnobotany got sparked at the Arboretum working with Dr. Enari, who helped him write his first book. (2.5 APLD CEU Credits)

February 1:     Field Trip: Private Garden in Pasadena, with David Le & Family

David Le has been an avid plant lover for years and a long-time member of numerous plant clubs. As a gift to his parents, he completely re-built the landscape of their house with the plants he had learned about in his plant club experience. (2.5 APLD CEU Credits)

February 8:     The Family Geraniaceae, with Manny Rivera

Manny Rivera will cover the history and discovery of the family Geraniaceae and bring in plants from his personal collection to show. He has been a member of San Gabriel Valley Cactus and Succulent Society for 23 years and the Show Chairman for the last 13 years. He was also a past President of the LA Geranium Society for 4 years. (2.5 APLD CEU Credits)

February 15:     Gardener Profile, with Arboretum Gardener Timothy Moynahan

Timothy Moynahan is celebrating his 13th anniversary at the Arboretum today. Over the years, he has cared for Tallc Knoll, the Palm, and Bamboo sections. Currently, he maintains the Prehistoric Forest. Timothy brings a well-rounded life experience to his work having been an accomplished trumpet player traveling all over the world with the ska band, The Untouchables. This is the first of a new series, where we will visit with Arboretum employees and learn what they do on an annual and quarterly basis to maintain their sections.(1.25 APLD CEU Credits)

Feb 22:     Orchid Curator, with Julie Norman

Julie Norman has been the Orchid Curator for the Arboretum for 30 years. She will lead a tour of the Tropical Greenhouse, and offer an exclusive tour of the Orchid Greenhouse that is not open to the public. She will also share her culture tips and practices for working with Orchids. (1.25 APLD CEU Credits)

March 1:     Spring Gardening in Southern California, with Yvonne Savio

Yvonne will discuss photos from her Pasadena garden of what to plant now to enjoy through summer, including last cool-weather plantings as well as first warm-weather plantings. Yvonne Savio is the former head of the UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program. (2.5 APLD CEU Credits)

Spring 2018

March 8:     Propagation, with Sherry Tobin & Matt-Dell Tufenkian

Learn some propagation techniques from the Arboretum’s “Plant Goddess” and “Lord of Plants.” Sherry and Matt will lead a hands-on propagation workshop demonstrating different propagation techniques. Be prepared to get a little dirty and to take plants home. All materials provided. (2.5 APLD CEU Credits)

March 15:     The Shakespeare Garden, with Rebecca Tufenkian

What does one of the world’s best loved playwrights have to tell us about plants and gardening? And why do his words continue to inspire garden designs after 400+ years? We will explore these questions with a talk and walk-through of the Arboretum’s Shakespeare Garden. Bring your sun hat! (1.25 APLD CEU Credits)

March 22:     Camellias, with Frank McDonough

The search is on for the perfect Southern California Camellia. Dozens of new cultivar species have been added to the Arboretum’s Collection to evaluate the best growers. Frank will share photos of some of the new camellias he spotted on his recent trip to Taiwan, and we will also visit the new Camellia area of the Arboretum. (1.25 APLD CEU Credits)

March 29:     Field Trip: Spring Gardening at the Altadena Community Garden, with Yvonne Savio

Our Fall Field Trip to the Altadena Community Garden was such a hit, we’ve decided to do it again. We will check in to see what the gardeners are planting this season and Yvonne will demonstrate and discuss transplanting, irrigating, and soil-enrichment techniques. Yvonne Savio is the former head of the UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program. (1.25 APLD CEU Credits)

April 5:     Photographing the Fruits of Your Labors, with Rick Mendoza

Rick Mendoza is a longtime lover of the outdoors and observing the details of gardens. Inspired by the work of Jim Blashfield and Charles White, he captures the beauty of the changing seasons and the life cycles in gardens. He has been a commercial photographer in the Los Angeles area for over 25 years, through his friendship with Matt-Dell Tufenkian they have worked together to capture enduring images of botanical interest. (2.5 APLD CEU Business Credits)

April 12:     Gardener Profile, with Patrick Craig

Patrick Craig has been with the Arboretum for six years and is in charge of the Herb Garden, which contains medicinal, culinary, beverage, a knot garden, and California native areas in one section. The second in our Gardener Profile series, where we visit with Arboretum employees and learn what they do on an annual and quarterly basis to maintain their sections.(1.25 APLD CEU Credits)

April 19:     Spring Blooming Plants, with Joe Brosius

Magic Growers Production Manager, Joe Brosius is responsible for propagating and growing all plant material products and is a partner in the nursery. He will bring a wide array of plants from his nursery to show and tell. Joe is a past president of the L.A. chapter of California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers (CANGC). He received his BS degree in Ornamental Horticulture from Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo. (2.5 APLD CEU Credits)

May 3:     The Madagascar Spiny Forest, with Matt-Dell Tufenkian

Matt will share with us his love of plants from Madagascar and lead us on a tour of the Madagascar Spiny Forest, which was completed in May 2007 – the brainchild of Tim Philips, the Arboretum’s Superintendent. (1.25 APLD CEU Credits)

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$140 for the series / $25 per class (includes Arboretum admission)

To Register please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class

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