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  • Plant Information 2018    

    Instructor: Frank McDonough
    1:30pm – 3:00pm
    Free for members / Free for non-members (with arboretum admission)

    Questions? Please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623

    1st Wednesdays of the month

    Wednesday, September 5 Lawns and Groundcovers – How to select the right lawn or groundcover for your situation.
    Wednesday, October 3 Woody Landscape Plants – The latest in water saving trees and shrubs. How to choose the right tree or shrub for your situation or design style.
    Wednesday, November 7 Home Vegetable Gardening – Small space, under lights, community garden, and big backyard scenarios are considered. Seasonality, Seeds and Starts.
    Wednesday, December 5 Grapes & Berries – Selection, culture and care of the right grape or berry for your site.

    Every first Wednesday of the month at 1:30 pm Arboretum Plant Information Consultant Frank McDonough covers current horticultural topics including landscaping, gardening, design, water-saving strategies and other pertinent topics. Frank also highlights the most interesting plant and gardening questions of the hundreds he receives every month and talks about the latest pests and diseases that threaten our gardens and landscapes.

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    Aromatic Plants and Flowers

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    Instructor: Laramee Haynes
    Saturday, September 29, 10am-12pm
    $25 Arboretum members / $35 non-members (Includes Arboretum Admission)

    Questions? Please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623

    We know many flowers smell, but so do many leaves especially when rubbed. Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme are joined in harmony with Lavender, Bay, Myrtle, and Breath of Heaven. This workshop will lead you on a smell safari through some of our best and worst smelly plants. This is a great workshop for kids to learn about plants too. Please bring smelly leaves and flowers from your garden you would like to share. Smelly plants will also be for sale. A plant list will also be provided.

    Laramee Haynes is a garden designer, landscape contractor and frequent speaker at the arboretum. Laramee and his company, Haynes Landscape Design, have been designing and building gardens in the Pasadena area for over 17 years.


    The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature’s Great Connectors

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    October 14; 4:00pm-6:00pm
    $12 Arboretum members / $15 non–members (includes Arboretum Admission)

    Questions? Please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623

    David Haskell has won acclaim for eloquent writing and deep engagement with the natural world. In this talk he will describe how he has integrated contemplative, literary, and scientific studies of the natural world. What might we learn by paying repeated attention to very small parts of our neighborhoods or forests? David has explored this question by returning again and again to the same one-square-meter of old growth forest in Tennessee, then by repeatedly visiting individual trees in locations around the world. These explorations reveal the biological connections that sustain all life, in places as diverse as cities (Manhattan, Denver, Jerusalem), forests (in the Amazon, Rockies, and boreal) and areas on the front lines of environmental change (eroding coastlines, burned mountainsides, and war zones). In each place Haskell shows how human history, ecology, and well-being are intimately intertwined with the lives of forests and trees. In a world beset by barriers, Haskell reminds us that life’s substance and beauty emerge from relationship and interdependence.

    David Haskell’s work integrates scientific, literary, and contemplative studies of nature. His first book, The Forest Unseen, was finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction and received numerous honors including the National Academies’ Best Book Award. Haskell’s latest book, The Songs of Trees, examines biological networks through the lives of a dozen trees around the world. The book was winner of the 2018 John Burroughs Medal, named one of the Best Science Books of 2017 by NPR’s Science Friday, among other honors.  Haskell is a Guggenheim Fellow and a Professor at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN, where his classes have received national attention for combining action in the community with contemplative practice.

    Website: https://dghaskell.com/

    Twitter: @DGHaskell

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DavidGeorgeHaskell


    Success with Succulents

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    Instructor: Laramee Haynes
    Saturday, October 27 10am-12pm
    $25 Arboretum members / $35 non-members (Includes Arboretum Admission)

    Questions? Please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623

    Bold shapes and leaf colors make succulents the jewels of the garden. Add bling to your pots and small spaces using some of our toughest plants. Many form rosettes, where the whole plant looks like a cluster of flowers. This workshop will cover placing, combining, arranging, maintaining, and propagating succulents. Bring a pot and we will make an arrangement together. Old pots will also be available for sale. Potting soil and plant cuttings will be provided. Please bring any succulent cuttings you would like to share.

    Laramee Haynes is a garden designer, landscape contractor and frequent speaker at the arboretum. Laramee and his company, Haynes Landscape Design, have been designing and building gardens in the Pasadena area for over 17 years.


    Botany Bootcamp

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    Instructor: Frank McDonough
    Saturday, October 13
    10:00am – 4:00pm
    $65 Arboretum members / $75 non-members (Includes Arboretum Admission)

    Questions? Please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623

    Identify plants as if your life depended on It -This comprehensive and compacted session will introduce you to the terminology, concepts and structures you’ll need to know to identify plants by introducing you to the 7 most common plant families here at the Arboretum. This 5-hour 1 day class requires certain texts and a 10-20X illuminated hand loupe magnifier (available at minimal cost on Amazon.com). Please see http://laarboretumplantid.blogspot.com/ for additional information and texts.


    House Plants for a Healthy Home

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    Instructor: Frank McDonough
    Saturday, December 8
    10:00am – 12:00pm
    $25 Arboretum members / $35 non-members (Includes Arboretum Admission)

    Questions? Please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623

    A thriving healthy houseplant can do wonders for your home décor, adding some life to your living space, removing toxins from the air, and even boosting your mood!  Join Frank McDonough and learn which plants to choose for your living space.

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