Calendar

Sep
29
Sat
Three-Part California Native Garden Design with Andreas Hessing @ Theodore Payne Foundation Classroom
Sep 29 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

This comprehensive three-session course for home gardeners offers a sound foundation in design styles and process, the importance of sustainability and how to model a garden after patterns in nature. Students will devise a base/plot plan, implementing knowledge of hardscape materials, irrigation, soils and more. Prior to the class, students will complete a preliminary questionnaire and warm-up exercise for their site. In addition, students are asked to bring photos of their site and a baggie of the site’s soil to the first day of class.

Sustainable Slopes with Joshua Link @ Theodore Payne Foundation Classroom
Sep 29 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

The fundamentals of gardening on uneven ground using native plants and light-on-the-land construction methods for stabilization and erosion control. This class includes information for gardeners in fire-prone areas.

Joshua is a landscape architect and founding principal of Ecotone Studios. His work spans a broad range of project types and scales including greenways, parks, campuses, streetscapes, regional plans, public art installations and residential gardens.

Oct
4
Thu
T’ai Chi in the Garden with Iren Jensen, beginning October 4 @ Theodore Payne Foundation Pergola
Oct 4 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Classes will be held on Thursdays, October 4, 11, 18 and 25, 8:30-9:30am
Class fee is for the month and covers all Thursdays in the month. No drop-ins.

Experience and enjoy the ancient art of T’ai Chi Ch’uan with slow-motion, low-impact movements that promote peace, inner calm and improved health. Classes will be held Thursday mornings outdoors at TPF, under the pergola in the beautiful La Fetra Nature Education Center and Gardens. (Aromatherapy from nearby native plants is on the house!) Limit: 15.

Iren has practiced Tai Chi under the tutelage of Grand Master Kai Ying Tung and his son, Master Chen Wei Tung, for 20 years, continues her practice and intensive study on a daily basis, and has been teaching for almost 15 years. Sharing her love of Tai Chi is Iren’s greatest joy and passion. Current clients include Kaiser Permanente Medical Group, Google, the Menorah Housing Foundation, the City of Burbank, and the City of Los Angeles, to name a few. She is also a native plant gardener and longtime TPF member.

Oct
6
Sat
Three-Part California Native Garden Design with Carol Armour Aronson @ Theodore Payne Foundation Classroom
Oct 6 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

This comprehensive three-session course for home gardeners offers a sound foundation in design styles and process, the importance of sustainability and how to model a garden after patterns in nature. Students will devise a base/plot plan, implementing knowledge of hardscape materials, irrigation, soils and more. Prior to the class, students will complete a preliminary questionnaire and warm-up exercise for their site. In addition, students are asked to bring photos of their site and a baggie of the site’s soil to the first day of class.

NEW! Free Family Walk & Workshop: Living Light/Sun Prints with Julia Paull, TPF 2018 Artist-in-Residence, and Diana Sherwood @ Theodore Payne Foundation Classroom Pergola
Oct 6 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

For adults and children (8 and up). Take a walk on TPF grounds with our 2018 Artist-in-Residence and K-12 Educator, slow down, spend time with native plants, observe natural light and learn how plants use it — and then make sun prints (cyanotypes) to take home. A cyanotype is an early photographic process (dating back to the 19th century) that uses chemicals and light to create a print. All materials provided; no experience necessary.

Julia is an artist and photographer, and TPF’s 2018 Artist-in-Residence. Her exhibition, Julia Paull: Perfect Mason, opens September 22 in the Theodore Payne Gallery. Photo above by Julia Paull.

Diana is TPF’s K-12 Educator.

Right Plant, Right Place with Lili Singer @ Theodore Payne Foundation Classroom
Oct 6 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Knowing native habitats can help you choose the right plants for your place. This course discusses local plant communities and their conditions, as well as how to assess the conditions of your garden site, including climate, soil, sunlight and space. A valuable class for beginners and the prerequisite for our Three-Part Native Garden Design Course.

Lili is an award-winning horticulturist, educator and garden writer, and TPF’s Director of Special Projects and Adult Education.

Oct
7
Sun
Special Event: Sunday in the Garden @ Elwell/Odell Garden, Oxford Square
Oct 7 @ 10:00 pm – 12:00 pm

Our new Sunday morning series continues with a visit to the Oxford Square garden of Chris Elwell and Kory Odell. Their dramatic Mid-City landscape showcases a wide range of California flora, from trees and shrubs to bulbs and water plants. Short talks will highlight the charms of an autumn landscape and how the garden survived our summer heat. This site is a very popular stop on our annual Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour. Light refreshments will be served. Limit: 30.

Oct
11
Thu
T’ai Chi in the Garden with Iren Jensen, beginning October 4 @ Theodore Payne Foundation Pergola
Oct 11 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Classes will be held on Thursdays, October 4, 11, 18 and 25, 8:30-9:30am
Class fee is for the month and covers all Thursdays in the month. No drop-ins.

Experience and enjoy the ancient art of T’ai Chi Ch’uan with slow-motion, low-impact movements that promote peace, inner calm and improved health. Classes will be held Thursday mornings outdoors at TPF, under the pergola in the beautiful La Fetra Nature Education Center and Gardens. (Aromatherapy from nearby native plants is on the house!) Limit: 15.

Iren has practiced Tai Chi under the tutelage of Grand Master Kai Ying Tung and his son, Master Chen Wei Tung, for 20 years, continues her practice and intensive study on a daily basis, and has been teaching for almost 15 years. Sharing her love of Tai Chi is Iren’s greatest joy and passion. Current clients include Kaiser Permanente Medical Group, Google, the Menorah Housing Foundation, the City of Burbank, and the City of Los Angeles, to name a few. She is also a native plant gardener and longtime TPF member.

Oct
12
Fri
Irrigation Basics for the Native Garden, a Walk and Talk with Tim Becker @ Theodore Payne Foundation Pergola
Oct 12 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Curious about the best ways to water your native garden? This focused walk on TPF grounds covers how, when and where to irrigate, as well as the benefits and drawbacks for overhead, drip and hand-watering equipment. Bring your hat and water bottle.

Tim is TPF’s Director of Horticulture.

Oct
13
Sat
Wild Suburbia: Learning to Garden with Native Plants with Barbara Eisenstein @ Theodore Payne Foundation Classroom
Oct 13 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

This talk reveals the process of transforming a traditional, high water-use yard into a peaceful habitat garden abounding with native plants and wildlife — with guidelines on how to select the best horticultural practices for your own garden conditions. Attendees are encouraged to share their thoughts and experiences on practices that worked for you, along with those that did not.

Barbara is a South Pasadena resident, an author and educator, and a research associate and former horticultural outreach coordinator at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont. She is the plant sale chair for the San Gabriel Mountains Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, and founder and head of Friends of South Pasadena Nature Park.

Wild by Nature: Sowing Seeds for Spring Wildflowers with Genevieve Arnold @ Theodore Payne Foundation Classroom
Oct 13 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

In Southern California, fall is prime time for sowing wildflower seed in the garden, and our famed spring-blooming annuals provide an array of colors and forms—and perform well in many garden spaces, from meadows and mixed beds to borders and containers. You’ll gather tips and tricks on soil preparation, design concepts and sowing techniques, watering and cultivation, and enjoy an illustrated overview of the instructor’s most-beloved species.

Genevieve is TPF’s Seed Program Manager and an aficionada of local wildflower species in her own garden and in their natural wild habitats.

Oct
18
Thu
T’ai Chi in the Garden with Iren Jensen, beginning October 4 @ Theodore Payne Foundation Pergola
Oct 18 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Classes will be held on Thursdays, October 4, 11, 18 and 25, 8:30-9:30am
Class fee is for the month and covers all Thursdays in the month. No drop-ins.

Experience and enjoy the ancient art of T’ai Chi Ch’uan with slow-motion, low-impact movements that promote peace, inner calm and improved health. Classes will be held Thursday mornings outdoors at TPF, under the pergola in the beautiful La Fetra Nature Education Center and Gardens. (Aromatherapy from nearby native plants is on the house!) Limit: 15.

Iren has practiced Tai Chi under the tutelage of Grand Master Kai Ying Tung and his son, Master Chen Wei Tung, for 20 years, continues her practice and intensive study on a daily basis, and has been teaching for almost 15 years. Sharing her love of Tai Chi is Iren’s greatest joy and passion. Current clients include Kaiser Permanente Medical Group, Google, the Menorah Housing Foundation, the City of Burbank, and the City of Los Angeles, to name a few. She is also a native plant gardener and longtime TPF member.