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'Be prepared to get dirty': Check out the L.A. Arboretum's drought gardening classes

'Be prepared to get dirty': Check out the L.A. Arboretum's drought gardening classes
A bioswale filled with juncus, yarrow, purple stipa, poppies, deer weed and blue flax is thriving on harvested water at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden's new Crescent Farm. (The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden)

It seems as though the resources for drought gardening are endless. Look for tips online and you'll see what we mean. But sometimes firsthand experience can be inspiring, and the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden's new Crescent Farm is a place to immerse yourself in classes where you can learn more about water conservation and sustainable gardening.

Bring gloves, water, closed-toe shoes and a hat, and be prepared to get dirty as instructors Leigh Adams, Yara Herrarte, John Latsko and horticultural consultant Jill Morganelli lead hands-on workshops on building a riparian habitat, using cardboard and mulch to create fertile soil and more.

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A Xerigation Tour on Aug. 22 will focus on irrigation and includes a demonstration on how the Arboretum's former lawn was converted into an evergreen, low-water landscape suited for drought-stricken California.

Forthcoming classes include a sheet-mulching workshop on Sept. 19, a class on drought-tolerant plants on Nov. 21 and a water conservation tour with botanical consultant Frank McDonough on Dec. 19.

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

When: 10 a.m. Saturdays

Cost: Free with admission of $4 to $9; free for Arboretum members

Info: (626) 821-3222; www.arboretum.org

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