Botanizing the San Gabriel Mountains with Evan Meyer @ Eaton Saddle Trailhead
May 15 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join TPF Executive Director Evan Meyer for an easy botanical hike to the summit of Mt. Lowe from the Eaton Saddle Trailhead. This hike will be geared towards those just learning the wild plants of Southern California. We’ll learn basic identification skills while discussing the plants we see, with lots of tangents about nature, botany, horticulture and the environment. Along the way we’ll stop to appreciate oaks, big-cone Douglas fir, mountain mahogany, California bay, poodle plant, live-forevers, California lilacs, manzanitas, and hopefully a wildflower or two.

They say that botanists never leave the parking lot because they are too busy looking at plants, but we will plan to reach the summit of Mt. Lowe, for a total distance of just over 3 miles and about 500 feet of elevation gain. Make sure that you are up for hiking on uneven terrain in an exposed, sunny location. Bring sturdy shoes, sunscreen, a wide brimmed hat, backpack, snacks, and plenty of water (we recommended at least 2 liters.) We’ll meet at the Eaton Saddle Trailhead on Mt. Wilson Red Box Road at 8AM.

Evan Meyer began his botanical career in 2008 as an undergraduate research assistant working in the coastal prairies of Northern California. It was there that he realized that being a professional plant person was pretty great and didn’t look back. He has since held positions at the Native Plant Trust, Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University Herbaria, California Botanical Garden, and UCLA Botanical Garden. In early 2020 he became the Executive Director at Theodore Payne Foundation. He is broadly interested in the intersections of botany, horticulture, the environment and culture. You can follow along with his plant ponderings on Instagram @vegetablekingdoms.

Native Plant Garden Maintenance with Katherine Pakradouni @ Online
May 15 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Subjects covered in this online class 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.

This class will be held online via Zoom. Login instructions will be included in the registration confirmation. Students will have access to a recording of the class for 48 hours after the live event.

Katherine Pakradouni is a native plant horticulturist and educator who has been growing and maintaining native plants for years through her work with Grown in LA and Theodore Payne Foundation.

Hanging Moss Balls with California Native Plants with Weina Dinata @ Online
May 20 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Join Poppy & Finch founder, Weina Dinata, for an hour and a half of hands-on learning with her virtual DIY kokedama workshop using native plants. A native plant advocate and botanical designer seasoned in the art of moss ball or kokedama (a Japanese art form of bonsai without a container), Weina will teach you how to create a striking and unique piece for your home and garden. Perfect for those who don’t have a garden or a lot of space for plants — you can be a steward for habitat anywhere you live! The workshop will include a step-by-step breakdown of the process and helpful care tips for keeping your creation happy and healthy.

This class will be held online via Zoom. Students will have access to a recording of the class for 48 hours after the live event.

Weina Dinata is the founder of Poppy & Finch. Her work is to help people connect with nature in a meaningful and ecological way. She now lives in Portland, Oregon where she continues her work and transformed my garden from a lawn into an educational habitat garden.

Native Plant Herbalism Workshop with Mama Maiz @ Online
May 22 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

This two-part workshop will be held on May 8 and May 22 10:00-11:00 AM.

In this series we will gather and explore how native plants can play a role in tending to our nervous systems and well-being in an accessible way. We will discuss the different ways we can incorporate native plants to our landscaping, gardens and healing process.

Blanca of Mama Maiz is a queer, non-binary herbalist, traditional medicine practitioner and land tender. They have been sharing herbal knowledge and traditional medicine for over 10 years in so-called Long Beach, Tongva land. Blanca tends to native plant habitat in the city, as an educator Blanca brings youth and people if all ages out to (re)connect to the reciprocal relationships to land, flora and fauna. Blanca is co-founder of autonomous community space Flora y Tierra and land tender at Willow Springs Restoration Park as the Native Plant Manager.

Instagram: @mama_maiz

California Native Container Plants with Flora Ito @ Online
May 26 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

A vast array of native plants will grow happily in containers, and potted natives add texture and color to the garden, as well as habitat for birds, butterflies and native bees. This session includes an illustrated slide presentation with tips on growing natives in pots to enhance your door step, balcony or patio.

This class will be held online via Zoom. Login instructions will be included in the registration confirmation. Students will have access to a recording of the class for 48 hours after the live event.

Flora Ito is our Nursery Sales Manager. She has a background in agriculture and the arts.

Introducción a Plantas Nativas con Brenda Kyle @ Online
May 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
¿Por qué las plantas nativas son especiales?

Daremos la definición de qué es una planta nativa. Hablaremos sobre cómo la geografía del estado afecta la diversidad de nuestra provincia florística. También daremos ejemplos de relaciones especializadas entre plantas y animales y por fin, los beneficios de las plantas nativas de California. Esta presentación será en Español, pero los hablantes de Espainglés también son bienvenidos.

Esta clase se reunirá en Zoom. (Si el sitio está en inglés, se puede traducir al pie de la página bajo “Language”.). No hace falta una cuenta. Estudiantes recibirán un correo electrónico con information para acceder la clase antes.

Brenda Kyle es la Coordinadora de Participación Comunitaria en Theodore Payne Foundation y Naturalista Certificada de California. Ha trabajado en el área de ambientalismo casi una década. Desde dar testimonio en el Council for Environmental Quality en DC, hasta plantar árboles en las calles del este de Los Ángeles y el valle de San Gabriel, su trabajo se enfoca en enverdecer el paisaje urbano. En su tiempo libre, conduce caminatas bilingües por la naturaleza.

Poppy Hour: Native Bees with Krystle Hickman @ Online
May 27 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Did you know California has over 1,500 native bee species? Join artist and Tedx speaker Krystle Hickman as she showcases native bees.

Krystle Hickman is a TEDx Speaker, Artist, Community Scientist and Photographer based in Los Angeles, California. Through artful photography, Krystle, strives to increase awareness of the decline in native bee species as well as highlight their biodiverse ecosystems. Her photography work has been featured in various online and print editorials.

Since 2019 Krystle has worked with gardens like the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Arlington Garden; regularly photographing and documenting their bee native habitats. Her aim is to keep accurate records of population changes. She is duplicating her research in the Mojave Desert, the Santa Monica Mountains and yards with native gardens. Throughout the process she consults with experts in different areas of Melittology (Scientific Study of Native Bees.)

Instagram: @beesip


Poppy Hour is our California native plant internet mashup. Part interviews, part garden tour, part happy hour, we explore the amazing diversity of people and ideas that connect to Southern California plants and landscapes. Join us!

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Thank you to an anonymous donor for making Poppy Hour Season 2 possible.