Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Sesonal garden talk series at Arboretum beginning Jan. 7

The Arboretum, 301 North Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, CA 91007; call 626.821.4623 for information and reservations.

Thursday Garden Talks with Lili Singer
Winter 2010: 8 Thursdays, January 7 – February 25
9:30am–Noon / Palm Room / (Please note special times for field trips, which are self-driven and require pre-registration)
$100 for the series, $20 per class / Reservations or you may pay at the door
Information and registration: 626.821.4623 or

Thursday, January 7 Water-wise Irrigation with Bob Galbreath - 9:30am - Noon
What every gardener needs to know: the basics on techniques and equipment for water-efficient irrigation in urban landscapes Bob is an irrigation consultant with 30 years of experience in landscape water conservation. A former Certified Irrigation Designer and landscape contractor, he recently retired as a Landscape Water Resources Manager with the Environmental Programs Division of the City of Santa Monica.

Save the date : January 14 Heirloom Vegetables and Antique Flowers with Rosalind Creasy
This lushly illustrated program by the “mother” of the edible landscape movement offers a second look at classic vegetables and flowers, and explains why gardeners should grow them and how to use these delicious and gorgeous varieties in the landscape. Rosalind is a garden and food writer, photographer and garden designer. The long-awaited revision of her classic Edible Landscaping will be released in spring 2010. Visit her beautiful website at .

Saturday, January 9 Plant Identification with Jill Morganelli - 8:30-10:30am
$5 members/$7 non-members; call 626.821.4623 to sign up. Meet in the Main Entrance
Gardeners…Plant Lovers…Walkers! Learn 10 new plants every month! Walk to interesting Arboretum areas where Jill will discuss each plant, including care, watering, placement and culture, and provide you with handouts. - Bring your camera so you can catalogue and remember each plant. Jill is the curator of the Kallam Perennial Garden, adjunct faculty at Cuyamaca College and the owner of Panorganic.

Saturday, January 9 The Edible Winter Garden with John Lyons - 9:30—11:30am
$22 members/$25 non-members; call 626.821.4623 to sign up.
Join John Lyons for an in-depth look at how to create a beautiful cool season edible garden in Southern California. Topics include an overview of correct soil preparation, plant choices for the winter garden, growing from seed, use of cover crops and organic pest control. A gardener by trade, John Lyons designs, installs and maintains edible landscapes, California Native gardens, orchards and wild hedgerows. Originally from Ireland, he has had gardens in Galway, London, Zurich, New York and Los Angeles. John will inspire, cajole and inform fellow gardeners to try new things, keep doing what they are doing, and dream new landscapes and plant-combo conspiracies. At the LA Garden Show in May, he spoke to standing room only crowds!

Saturday, January 9 Family Adventures with Ted Tegart - 10am-12noon
Free with Admission. Meet by the fountain in front of the Oak Room.
Join your adventure guide, Ted Tegart, Youth Education Coordinator, as we explore The Arboretum. Each Saturday is new and exciting, and will have a different theme relating to nature. Come early as space is limited to 25. Children of all ages are welcome! Family adventures will go on rain or shine so dress appropriately! Theme this month: “When Plants Adapt”

Saturday, January 9 Rose Pruning with Jill Morganelli – 1 - 3pm
Meet at The Arboretum Rose Garden
$20 / $22 non-members; Call 626.821.4623 to pre-register or pay at the door
Join Jill Morganelli, curator of The Arboretum Rose Garden, for a hands-on workshop about rose pruning and rose care. January is a big month for roses; proper pruning and soil building will determine the health and beauty of roses throughout the year. Bring your garden gloves and a sharp pair of pruning shears as after learning pruning techniques, you are invited to practice what you’ve learned! Disease control and soil building will also be covered.

Sunday, January 10 The Seasonal Gardener with Steve Gerischer - 1:30- 4:30pm
$22 members / $25 non-members per class; Pre-registration preferred; please call 626.821.4623.
Come learn the essentials of gardening in tune with the seasons. In each of these workshops, the highpoints of major tasks and projects best suited to the specific time of year will be covered. Gardening in Southern California requires a bit of finesse and know-how in anticipation of the upcoming season, and these workshops will help you to fine tune your horticultural calendar. Steve is a landscape designer, frequent lecturer and President of the Southern California Horticultural Society.

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