Native Plant Garden Maintenance with Katherine Pakradouni @ Online
Feb 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 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. A Zoom account is not required to attend. Students will be sent reminder emails with login information starting two days before the class.

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.

Right Plant, Right Place with Scott Cher @ Online
Mar 6 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Knowing native habitats can help you choose the right plants for your place. This course discusses local plant communities—groups of species that naturally occur together—and their growing conditions, as well as how to assess the conditions of your garden, including climate, soil, sunlight and space. A valuable class for beginners!

Class repeats monthly.

This class will be held online via Zoom. A Zoom account is not required to attend. Login instructions will be included in the registration confirmation, and students will receive reminder emails starting two days before the class.

Scott Cher is TPF Adult Eduction Manager.

Poppy Hour: A Conversation with Noriko Smallwood @ Online
Mar 18 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Los Angeles is known worldwide as a sprawling city with palm tree lined streets and stunning sunsets. While those things are true, we are also home to an incredible variety of wildlife. Urban sprawl is changing the natural landscape, but is there hope?

Noriko Smallwood has some answers for us. There will be a Q&A session.

About Noriko

Noriko is currently a Master’s student in Dr. Eric Wood’s lab at Cal State Los Angeles where she is studying the influence of native plants on wildlife in southern California residential yards. In particular, her research focuses on the interactions between birds and native plants, and the drivers behind those patterns. Though her research is ongoing, she has found that native yards host significantly more birds and bird species than traditional, lawned yards. Noriko is passionate about conserving the environment and enjoys learning how native landscaping can improve habitat for wildlife in urban environments.

Noriko holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental and Ecosystem Sciences from Washington State University. In addition to being a graduate student, she is a wildlife biologist for an environmental consulting firm. She also enjoys getting outside and photographing wildlife. can be seen on Instagram @noriko_in_nature. She hopes to continue learning about native plants and working to conserve habitat for wildlife.

Website: The Wood Lab:

Instagram: @noriko_in_nature

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!

All previous episodes are archived on our YouTube channel.

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

Cool Container Plants with Flora Ito @ Online
Mar 20 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Yes, you can grow native plants in containers!

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.

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