Calendar

May
23
Thu
T’ai Chi Ch’uan with Iren Jensen | Thursdays beginning May 2 @ Theodore Payne Foundation - Pergola
May 23 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Classes will be held on Thursdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 8:30-9:30am.
Class fee is for all five 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!)

Iren Jensen 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.

May
25
Sat
Three-Part California Native Garden Design with Andreas Hessing beginning Saturday, April 27 @ Theodore Payne Foundation Classroom
May 25 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Saturday, April 27, 9:00am-1:00pm
Saturday, May 11, 9:00am-1:00pm
Saturday, May 25, 9:00am-1:00pm
Last day to register: Friday, April 19

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.

COURSE PREREQUISITE: Our Right Plant, Right Place class. This class must be taken before the start of the design course.

Andreas Hessing is an artist and landscape designer and contractor (scrubjaystudios.com). For more than 20 years, his site-specific installations have celebrated regional biodiversity while focusing on the philosophical, political and social implications of California’s indigenous flora.

Native Plant Garden Maintenance with Steve Singer @ Theodore Payne Foundation - Classroom
May 25 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Subjects covered include watering, fertilizing (or not), grooming, mulching, pest management and other aspects of garden maintenance. You’ll also discover how native plants respond to pruning cuts (good and bad), what we trigger with our gardening activities, and how to develop good maintenance goals. Part of the class with be held outdoors; bring your hat and water bottle.

Steve Singer is TPF’s Horticulturist. He maintains the gardens at the Foundation.

May
30
Thu
T’ai Chi Ch’uan with Iren Jensen | Thursdays beginning May 2 @ Theodore Payne Foundation - Pergola
May 30 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Classes will be held on Thursdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 8:30-9:30am.
Class fee is for all five 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!)

Iren Jensen 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.

Jun
1
Sat
[FULL] Three-Part California Native Garden Design with Shawn Maestretti beginning Saturday, June 1 @ Theodore Payne Foundation Classroom
Jun 1 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Saturday, June 1, 9:00am-1:00pm
Saturday, June 15, 9:00am-1:00pm
Saturday, June 29, 9:00am-1:00pm
Last day to register: Friday, May 24

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.

COURSE PREREQUISITE: Our Right Plant, Right Place class. This class must be taken before the start of the design course.

Shawn Maestretti is a landscape architect, plantsman, certified arborist and licensed landscape contractor who has been creating gardens in the greater Los Angeles area since 2006 (smgarchitecture.com). He’s a 2014 graduate of the UCLA Extension Landscape Architecture Program.

Right Plant, Right Place with Lili Singer @ Theodore Payne Foundation - Classroom
Jun 1 @ 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 Singer is an award-winning horticulturist, educator and garden writer, and TPF’s Director of Special Projects.

Jun
8
Sat
Three-Part California Native Garden Design with Steve Gerischer beginning Saturday, June 8 @ Theodore Payne Foundation Classroom
Jun 8 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Saturday, June 8, 9:00am-1:00pm
Saturday, June 22, 9:00am-1:00pm
Saturday, July 6, 9:00am-1:00pm
Last day to register: Friday, May 31

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.

COURSE PREREQUISITE: Our Right Plant, Right Place class. This class must be taken before the start of the design course.

Steve Gerischer divides his time between creating award-winning landscapes with his company, Larkspur Garden Design, and lecturing on a wide variety of topics relating to gardening in Southern California. He also serves as president of the Southern California and Pacific Horticulture societies.

Jun
15
Sat
[FULL] Three-Part California Native Garden Design with Shawn Maestretti beginning Saturday, June 1 @ Theodore Payne Foundation Classroom
Jun 15 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Saturday, June 1, 9:00am-1:00pm
Saturday, June 15, 9:00am-1:00pm
Saturday, June 29, 9:00am-1:00pm
Last day to register: Friday, May 24

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.

COURSE PREREQUISITE: Our Right Plant, Right Place class. This class must be taken before the start of the design course.

Shawn Maestretti is a landscape architect, plantsman, certified arborist and licensed landscape contractor who has been creating gardens in the greater Los Angeles area since 2006 (smgarchitecture.com). He’s a 2014 graduate of the UCLA Extension Landscape Architecture Program.

Irrigation Practices for Native Plant Gardens with Tim Becker @ Theodore Payne Foundation - Classroom
Jun 15 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

This class for home gardeners discusses irrigation principles, techniques and equipment for native plant landscapes – with practical examples, a demonstration of TPF’s irrigation system, and plenty of time for questions. Bring your hat and water bottle.

Look, Ma, No Lawn! with Steve Gerischer @ Theodore Payne Foundation - Classroom
Jun 15 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Are you ready to lose the lawn? Have you applied for a cash for grass rebate? We’ll explain how to take the turf out and offer alternatives for the space-specifically low-care native plants that need no fertilizer and use a fraction of the water required for turf.

Steve Gerischer divides his time between creating award-winning landscapes with his company, Larkspur Garden Design, and lecturing on a wide variety of topics relating to gardening in Southern California. He also serves as president of the Southern California Horticultural Society.

Jun
22
Sat
Three-Part California Native Garden Design with Steve Gerischer beginning Saturday, June 8 @ Theodore Payne Foundation Classroom
Jun 22 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Saturday, June 8, 9:00am-1:00pm
Saturday, June 22, 9:00am-1:00pm
Saturday, July 6, 9:00am-1:00pm
Last day to register: Friday, May 31

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.

COURSE PREREQUISITE: Our Right Plant, Right Place class. This class must be taken before the start of the design course.

Steve Gerischer divides his time between creating award-winning landscapes with his company, Larkspur Garden Design, and lecturing on a wide variety of topics relating to gardening in Southern California. He also serves as president of the Southern California and Pacific Horticulture societies.

Four Seasons of Color with California Natives with Lili Singer @ Theodore Payne Foundation - Classroom
Jun 22 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Turn your California native garden into a seasonal showcase of flowers, seed, fruit and foliage. Through vivid images and a detailed plant list, this multi-hued program reveals a vibrant array of trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, groundcovers and grasses that will ensure year-round interest and color.

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