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How to attract hummingbirds to your garden year-round

How to attract hummingbirds to your garden year-round
A hummingbird enjoys the bright red tubular flowers of a scarlet bugler plant at the Wildlands Conservancy Oak Glen Preserve. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

If you have a garden, there's a good chance you delight in seeing hummingbirds flitting about. Now you can learn how to attract them — year-round — at two upcoming events.

The Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden in Arcadia is hosting a "What's Happening in Gardening" lecture series. As part of the series, horticulturist Lili Singer will share tips on Jan. 19 for attracting the six resident and migratory hummingbird species seen in local gardens, as well as describing the native plants and garden features that they favor.

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Forthcoming classes in the Arboretum series include permaculture, Australian native plants, and the gardens of downtown Los Angeles. See a full schedule here.

Singer, who is the director of special projects and adult education at the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants, will repeat the hummingbird lecture on Feb. 4 at Theodore Payne. Singer will also lead a short walk around the Foundation's Sun Valley grounds to look at plants and watch for hummingbirds. Afterward, visitors can buy native plants on site at the foundation's nursery.

A hummingbird hovers near a sage plant.
A hummingbird hovers near a sage plant. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Details on the Jan. 19 and Feb. 4 hummingbird events:

'Hum on In! Gardening With Our Tiniest Birds'

When: 9:30 a.m. to noon Jan. 19

Where:  Rain Room, Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia

Cost: $25, includes Arboretum admission

Info: (626) 821-4623; arboretum.org

The lecture "Native Plants and Hummingbirds" is repeated the following month:

When: 1:30 p.m. to p.m. Feb. 4

Where: Theodore Payne Foundation, 10459 Tuxford St., Sun Valley

Cost: $20 for members, $30 for nonmembers.

Info: (818) 768-1802; www.theodorepayne.org

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