Crescent Farm: Inviting Nature Into Your Garden
Saturdays, 10:00am / Crescent Farm
Free for members / Free for non-members (with arboretum admission)
Instructor: Crescent Farm Staff – Leigh Adams, John Latsko
Questions? Please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623
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.
September 21 (Friday) – Amaranth Harvest
Please join us, in honoring the Mother Earth, and continuing to strengthen our connections to the earth and each other through the harvesting of amaranth. Guillermo Vasquez, a spiritual leader from Guatemala, will be at the Arboretum to help lead the harvest. Guillermo is a friend of Qachuu Aloom, a cooperative in Guatemala growing amaranth and other organic produce for local consumption and teaching others how to provide for their loved ones in the same way.
October 20 – Hands-On Lasagna Mulching Workshop
Whether you are smiling at the title or find yourself intrigued, be sure to clear your schedule for this workshop! From creating natural raised beds just outside your door, to covering the back forty, sheet mulch will bring to life extremely beautiful, low-maintenance, low-cost gardens. Using what you have on hand or can source locally is true sustainable gardening. We will have a visual presentation and a hands-on activity where you will actually help us to transform inactive ground into fertile, resilient soil, for planting this fall.
You can also utilize this method with your own green waste to build fertile productive soil. In addition, this is a fabulous method for removing your lawn and reducing the weed load as you transition into a water wise landscape. Bring gloves, a hat, water and wear closed toe shoes. This will be a fun party-like community garden activity unlike those you have experienced before so invite your friends too! This party may run overtime so keep your schedule open!
November 17 – Mycorrhizae
Explore with us the values of a healthy ecosystem in the garden – beginning by illuminating the subterranean secrets of Mycorrhizae! Learn how to nurture the beneficial fungi in your garden/landscape.