What’s Happening in Gardening

| | January 12, 2017

February 9, 2017 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm America/Los Angeles Timezone
Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden
301 N Baldwin Ave
Arcadia, CA 91007
$140 for the series; $25 per class
Education Department

What's Happening in Gardening
Hosted by Matt-Dell & Rebecca Tufenkian

8 Thursday Classes 
9:30am – 12:00pm; $140 for the series; $25 per class

To register please call the Education Department at 626-821-4623 or pay at the door

These classes are designed to help you keep up with garden news, trends, tips and pests. Each class begins with an open discussion and plant giveaway, followed by a lecture or hands-on workshop from one of the following speakers:




January 12: Matt Tufenkian, Propagating Pelargoniums 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.


January 19: Lili Singer, Hum on In! Gardening with Our Tiniest Birds

Few creatures are more beloved and admired than hummingbirds, and many species spend all or part of the year in this region. This illustrated lecture discusses how to create, plant and maintain a garden that attracts and supports these little avian wonders year round.


January 26: Jo O’Connell, Australian Native Plants

Celebrate Australia Day with Australian Native Plants! Jo O’Connell will share her plant knowledge with us and bring some of her plants to show and sell. Her nursery, Australian Native Plants, was established in the early 1990’s, with the help of her husband, Byron Cox. From the beginning, their vision was to provide plants that are hardy, drought tolerant, cut flower producing, and bird attracting. www.australianplants.com


February 2: January Nordman, The Nature of Permaculture; Building Gardens & Community

What would our lives look like if we could weave vibrant habitats throughout our sprawling metropolitan landscape? How do we begin to heal a world that is at odds with itself? Permaculture offers some possible solutions to these questions, as well as a challenge to how we can lead more fulfilling, authenticate lives as we confront the unknown of our current climate of chaos.


February 9: Rebecca Tufenkian, Gardens of Downtown Los Angeles

Downtown LA is often thought of as being a cement jungle, but more often than not it is spotted with beautiful gardens and green spaces. Join us on a virtual tour of Downtown Los Angeles, and enjoy the gardens without the blisters and shinsplints.


February 16: Brandon Walker, Irrigation Overview

Now is the time re-think your irrigation system. This class will cover different methods of irrigation, including drip vs. spray, as well as ways to work with the new municipal watering restrictions. Brandon Walker is Co-Owner/Operator at J. Harold Mitchell Supply. He brings with him a lifetime of experience working in professional irrigation. www.jhmsupply.com


February 23: Susan Eubank, Working with Your Climate: Arboretum Library Resources for Better Gardening

The Arboretum Library is filled with materials about plants and gardens. Susan Eubank, Arboretum Librarian, will show you the best ones to make you a better gardener wherever you live and no matter how much rain comes out of the sky. Susan Eubank has worked in three climates in three botanic garden libraries for almost twenty years and she’s eager to have you dive into the depths of the Library.


March 2: Edwina Pellikka, A History of Plant Based Fabrics & Plant Based Dyes

Edwina Pellikka is a Master Dyer and owner of A Dyeing Art, a high-end textile art studio. She has worked with LucasFilm for a 9-month stint dyeing fabric, hand airbrushing, and aging all the monsters for his third film in the Star Wars series, “Return of the Jedi”, which afforded her the opportunity to open A Dyeing Art in Los Angeles, catering to clients from Film & Television and Live Performances to Interior Design Furnishings & High End Fashion. Her company serves clients in America, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and elsewhere around the globe.

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