Calendar

Jul
28
Sat
Three-Part California Native Garden Design with Joshua Link @ Theodore Payne Foundation Classroom
Jul 28 @ 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.

Native Plants and Hummingbirds, a free talk by Lili Singer, sponsored by the Palos Verdes Conservancy
Jul 28 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Hypertufa Container Workshop with Steve Gerischer @ Theodore Payne Foundation Pergola
Jul 28 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

A super-fun, hands-on messy activity for grown-ups and families alike! Using cement, perlite and coir, each attendee will make a relatively lightweight container that resembles a time-weathered stone trough. Wear old clothes and shoes. All materials provided.

Seeds, Please: Collecting, Processing and Storing Native Plant Seed from Home Gardens with Genevieve Arnold @ Theodore Payne Foundation Classroom
Jul 28 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Native seed ain’t just for the birds! This workshop guides you through the fun and easy experience of gathering, cleaning and saving seed from your own native plant garden. Seed-processing tools will be shown, and you’ll leave with seed to start at home. Genevieve is TPF’s Seed Program Manager and has worked with California native seeds for more than a decade. She enjoys the beauty of the native garden in all its phases, including the magical stage of fruit and seed development.

Aug
2
Thu
NEW! T’ai Chi Ch’uan with Iren Jensen @ Theodore Payne Foundation Pergola
Aug 2 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

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.

Aug
3
Fri
Three-Part California Native Garden Design with Orchid Black @ Theodore Payne Foundation Classroom
Aug 3 @ 11:30 am – 3:30 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.

Aug
4
Sat
Three-Part California Native Garden Design with Shawn Maestretti @ Theodore Payne Foundation Classroom
Aug 4 @ 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.

Irrigation Basics for the Native Garden, a Walk and Talk with Tim Becker @ Theodore Payne Foundation Front Porch
Aug 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

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.

Right Plant, Right Place with Lili Singer @ Theodore Payne Foundation Classroom
Aug 4 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 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.

Aug
9
Thu
NEW! T’ai Chi Ch’uan with Iren Jensen @ Theodore Payne Foundation Pergola
Aug 9 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

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.

Aug
11
Sat
Three-Part California Native Garden Design with Joshua Link @ Theodore Payne Foundation Classroom
Aug 11 @ 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! Kids SEEDLab: Collecting, Sowing and Knowing Native Seed with Genevieve Arnold and Diana Sherwood
Aug 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

The Kids SeedLab Workshop is offered by the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers & Native Plants, San Gabriel Mountains Chapter/California Native Plant Society, and Eaton Canyon Nature Center associates.

This hands-on workshop for children (7 and up) explores the growth, reproduction, and survival of plants. Students will engage in a mini field excursion to collect seed, be introduced to basic seed physiology, use seed-processing tools of the trade, and sow native seed to take home. You’ll also learn why people and our local environment need native plants. Sunscreen, hats, and closed-toe shoes are advised. Bring your refillable water bottle, and be ready to explore! A parent or guardian is not required but welcome to attend.