Gardening datebook: Classes, workshops and more near you


There’s still time to hone your pruning skills at classes this week, stock up on native plants, take advantage of the Inland Empire’s giant plant swap in Riverside and prep for the best tomato crop ever!

If there’s a plant-related class, garden tour or other event you’d like us to mention, e-mail me at — with plenty of advance notice, please — and we may include it. Here’s the latest:

For the record:

3:55 p.m. Feb. 1, 2019This story has been updated to reflect the new date for the Fig Earth Supply workshop, and the upcoming meeting of the South Coast California Native Plant Society.

Saturday, Jan. 26

Fruit tree pruning


Master gardener Liza Go demonstrates the proper pruning of fig, citrus, passion fruit and other non-California-native fruit trees at the South Coast Botanic Garden’s rare fruit tree collection, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula, 10 a.m. to noon, free to members or with general admission of $9 ($6 for seniors and students). Advance registration recommended by calling (424) 452-0920, Ext. 3.

Plant trading

Give — and take — a variety of plants and produce at the Plant Traders Inland Empire Ca Garden and Harvest Trading Community, which meets at various times and places around Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Next meeting is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center in Riverside.

Native plant sale

The Theodore Payne Foundation’s annual winter sale of native plants and seeds runs 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at 10459 Tuxford St. in Sun Valley. The sale includes many annuals and plants in large sizes. Members get 15% off plants, seeds and gear; non-members get 10% off.

Saturday, Feb. 2


Tomato workshop

Dave Freed, “The Tomato Guy,” is offering a free workshop on planting, pollination and self-watering techniques to boost yields from tomato plants and most household vegetables at the Orange County Coastkeeper Garden, focused on sustainable gardening and water conservation at 8520 E. Santiago Canyon Road in Orange. 10 a.m.; poor weather cancels. (Email for up-to-date information.)

Sunday, Feb. 3

Indoor plant care

Rainy weather has moved this workshop from Saturday to Sunday: A free workshop on caring for your indoor plants, including proper transplanting, placement and lighting, fertilizing and pruning will take place on Sunday at Fig Earth Supply, 3577 N. Figueroa St. in the Mount Washington neighborhood of northeast Los Angeles. Email to register. Registrants get 10% off indoor plant purchases the day of the workshop. 11 a.m. to noon.

Monday, Feb. 4


Marsh restoration

Tony Baker, horticultural chair of the South Coast California Native Plant Society, discusses the restoration of the Madrona Marsh Nature Preserve in Torrance during the society’s monthly meeting at the South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free.