Crescent Farm: Inviting Nature Into Your Garden
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.
These workshops are free with Arboretum admission! We will be conducting a short survey at the end of each workshop to better improve our future programs.
January 18, 10am
Lasagna Mulching – This workshop will show you how using cardboard and mulch will build fertile productive soil. This is also a proven method for removing your lawn and reducing the weed load as you transition into a water wise landscape. There will be a visual presentation and a hands-on activity where you will actually help us work on the Crescent Farm!
February 15, 10am
Beyond Sustainability: The Future of Regenerative Building in Southern California – Regenerative Building offers a wide range of solutions of Southern California’s most pressing issues. Whether it be resiliency to extreme weather events, clean energy, waste management, food and water security, citizens are now able to live sustainably, while having a positive impact on their environment.
March 21, 10am
Decomposition Ecology & Community Well-being – Come explore the art and science of decomposition through the lens of the microbial ecology and learn about the role of soil in climate, human, and community well-being. We will look at the siilarities in processes between sheet mulching, hugelkultur, composting, and introduce soil food web biochemistry.
April 18, 10am
Discovering Superfoods from Around the World – Join us at the Crescent Farm with edible plant expert Loretta Allison, where we will explore the world of healing, nutrient dense “superfoods”, where every leaf has the power to unlock wellness and prevent dis-ease. We’ll start with Amaranth and work our way around the globe, learning about each plant’s health benefits, it’s history, how to cook and eat it and the best part- how to grow these superfoods in our own SoCal backyard! This is an interactive workshop, and participants will leave with seeds to plant on their own.
May 15, 10am
Pollinators – ‘Bee’ introduced to our newest landscape inside the Crescent devoted to attracting our California native bees! Enjoy a quick course on some of our bees and learn about their value and how easy it is to bring them to your garden!
June 20, 10am
Preparing the Landscape for a Hot Summer – Come discuss the value of preparing the drought-tolerant landscape for the heat and drought of summer and fall. View and learn about techniques that you can apply in your landscape.