Gardening datebook: Wildflower photography, spring garden creations and more

Learn how to propagate and/or photograph California native plants such as the desert marigold on April 13.
(2019 Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour)

Do you have a plant-related class, garden tour or other event you’d like us to mention? Email me at — with at least three weeks notice, please — and we may include it later. Here’s the latest:

April 4

The Pacific Rose Society’s monthly meeting features guest speaker Dexter Friede, a horticulture specialist for Grow More, a chemical specialty company specializing in inorganic and organic nutrients for plants. The society hosts a potluck dinner at 7 p.m., followed by the speaker at 8 p.m. Admission is free. Los Angeles Arboretum, 601 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia.

April 6


Descanso Gardens’ third Night Garden is all about flower power, focusing on the power of plants for both mental and physical healing. Food by Patina will be available for purchase starting at 5:30 p.m. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. Advance tickets required, $15. Members pay less.

April 6-7

Two Dog Nursery’s April open house weekend is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at 914 S. Cloverdale Ave. in the Mid-Wilshire area. The home-based, certified-organic nursery — usually open by appointment only — offers a selection of tomatoes, peppers, bush beans, melons, greens and other seedlings for spring planting.

April 9


The West Valley Garden Club hosts urban farmer Elliot Kuhn, who converted a vacant Panorama City lot into Cottonwood Urban Farm. Kuhn’s talk begins at 11 a.m. A monthly floral design workshop begins at 9:30 a.m. with members critiquing their spring garden creations, followed by a business meeting at 10 a.m.

April 12

The Sherman Library & Gardens Lunch and Lecture Series continues with plant healthcare coordinator Corey Wells from Ganna Walska Lotusland botanic garden in Montecito discussing organic soil health and building the ecology of your entire garden, starting with the soil. Topics include soil amendments, organic fertilizers and the role of insects, rodents, birds and other animals. Chef Pascal Olhats provides lunch at the gardens’ Cafe Jardin, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., $35 with discounts for members. Lecture only $5, members free. Reservations required for lecture and lunch;

The Theodore Payne Foundation hosts Matt Candeias from the podcast “In Defense of Plants” for a look at the kinds of plants that we value in horticulture and why a diverse selection of natives — not just rare or pretty species — is important in the face of plant extinctions. The event is set for 3 to 4 p.m. at the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants, 10459 Tuxford St., Sun Valley, $30, with discounts for members and students. Register online.


April 13

At a South Coast Botanic Garden composting class, master gardener Liza Go is to demonstrate composting techniques and provide personalized advice for starting your own backyard composting. 1 to 4 p.m., $30, with discount for members. Registration required. 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula.

The Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants offers two classes: Propagating California Native Plants taught by the foundation’s production manager, Jordan Isken. You’ll leave with a flat of starts from the foundation’s propagation shed. Be prepared for three hours of standing and up to a mile of walking in the sun, $60, 9 a.m. to noon. After noon, a wildflower photography workshop taught by veteran photographer and tour guide Spencer Westbrook covers where and when to find wildflowers, methods and equipment, and tips for editing and sharing. A demonstration in the foundation’s gardens is included. Camera equipment is not required, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m, $35. Discounts for members with both classes. 10459 Tuxford St., Sun Valley. Register for both online.


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