Gardening events: Learn the traditional Japanese art form of kokedama

Gardening events: Learn the traditional Japanese art form of kokedama
Learn the Japanese art of kokedama — wrapping ferns and other houseplants in moss instead of pots — on May 18 or May 30. (Sill)

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May 17-19


Sherman Library & Gardens’ Public Gardens Week continues with tours of the library’s unique book collection at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and tour of the garden’s rare and exotic plants at 11 a.m. on May 17, at 2647 E. Coast Highway in Corona Del Mar. Classes include creating a fuschia basket on May 18 and goat yoga at 9 and 11 a.m. on May 19. For more details and to register for classes visit

May 18

Guided rose garden tour at Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum, led by curator Michael Horibe, who will explain how he and his staff care for their 300-plus roses to maximize their blooms, noon to 1 p.m. at 18127 S. Alameda St. in Rancho Dominguez. Admission is free.

The 2019 San Clemente Garden Tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 18. The annual self-guided tour of outstanding gardens and “tasty bites” prepared by Always Inn San Clemente, Avila’s El Ranchito Restaurants and Café Rae. Tickets are $30 each, or four for $100. The club meets on the first Wednesday of each month.

Fuchsia Festival at Sherman Library & Gardens features a fuchsia sale, seminars and many activities for children, including a snail race, crafts and a scavenger hunt. Handmade crepes, grilled burgers. hot dogs and other food available for purchase, along with champagne, wine and juices. The festival is included with $5 admission to the gardens ($3 children 12-18; free for children under 12). Preregistration required for the fuchsia -growing class and making prints in the garden. 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2647 East Coast Highway in Corona Del Mar.

Potted’s Kokedama Mobile Workshop will teach you how to make a kokedama — the Japanese art of wrapping houseplants in balls of moss — and a three-way mobile 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 3158 Los Feliz Blvd., in Atwater Village. The class is $85, includes all materials, and is limited to eight people.

May 21

The Southern California Garden Club’s program, “Bountiful Bouquets of Roses,” features Scott Klittich, owner of Otto & Sons Nursery in Fillmore, Calif., discussing ways to grow beautiful roses in your garden during the club’s monthly meeting at 11 a.m. in the Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Blvd. in Encino. A plant market, country store and plant specimen display are scheduled at 9:30 a.m., followed by the business meeting at 10 a.m. and presentation of scholarships at 10:30 a.m.

May 23

Plants 101, a class for choosing the best houseplant for your home and how to keep it alive. $35 fee includes your choice of a houseplant in a 4-inch pot. Plant care questions welcome. 6:30 p.m. at the Sill WeHo, 8125 W. 3rd St., West Hollywood.

May 28

South Bay Parkland Conservancy 2019 Parkland Summit outlines the conservancy’s efforts in “rewilding” Hopkins Wilderness Park and projects such as the AES Wetland Restoration and the El Segundo Blue Butterfly Coalition from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Redondo Beach Historic Library, 309 Esplanade, Redondo Beach.

May 30

DIY kokedama class. Learn about the traditional Japanese art form of wrapping houseplants in balls of moss, and make your own to take home. No experience necessary. $40 fee includes all materials, along with a glass of wine. 6:30 p.m. at the Sill WeHo, 8125 W. 3rd St., West Hollywood. Advance registration recommended.


June 1

California Rare Fruit Growers meeting features Joanna Glovinsky of the Fruitstitute talking about fruit-scape and regenerative orchard care, and Sean Shu of Know-You talking about seed breeding and development, 9:30 a.m. at the L.A. County Arboretum’s Palm Room, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., in Arcadia. Free.

June 3-7

The 88th California Garden Clubs Convention, hosted this year by the Southern California Garden Club at the Airtel Plaza Hotel in Van Nuys, includes a celebration of Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday and workshops in miniature floral design techniques, drying flowers, adaptive gardening and tea (a journey from leaf to cup). The $265 registration deadline is May 24.

June 8

“Rewilding” Hopkins Wilderness Park is the first of many volunteer opportunities to learn about native plants while planting and restoring the park’s native habitat from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1102 Camino Real in Redondo Beach. Other dates are July 13 and 27, Aug. 10 and 24, Sept. 14 and 21, and Oct. 12 and 26. Supplies, tools and food provided. Register at

June 8-9

The 66th Culver City Garden Club Show & Sale includes a sale of plants and gardening items plus a judged exhibition of locally home-grown plants, flowers and edibles and two workshops each day. Topics include beekeeping, creating a “fairie garden” and tips for growing tomatoes. Free starter plants for children and beginning gardeners and certified master gardeners will be available to answer questions. Admission is free. Anyone can enter the judged exhibition. For rules and other information visit


The Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society 2019 Drought Tolerant Plant Festival includes hands-on workshops in potting, transplanting and creating container gardens, activities for children from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days, and a huge selection of cactus, succulents, California native plants and rare, drought-tolerant plants from around the world available for purchase, along with pottery, books and gardening supplies. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission and parking are free. Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Blvd., Encino.

June 9

Landscaping and Micro-Climates for Small Yards by cactus collector Gary Duke, past president of the South Coast Cactus and Succulent Society. Duke, who has more than 1,000 cactus and succulents in his collection, will discuss sun angles and how to create microclimates, focal points and crevice gardens in your yard during the society’s monthly meeting at 1 p.m in the South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Rolling Hills Estates.

Aug. 24

Palos Verdes Begonia Society’s 28th Begonia Show and Sale includes unusual begonias on display and for sale, as well as specialty vendors from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 S. Crenshaw Blvd., Rolling Hills Estates. Free parking and admission to the show after $9 entry to the garden ($6 seniors and students).