Three-Part California Native Garden Design with Carol Armour Aronson @ Theodore Payne Foundation
Oct 2 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Class meets three times in person:
Saturday, August 28, 8:30am-12:30pm
Saturday, September 11, 8:30am-12:30pm
Saturday, October 2, 8:30am-12:30pm
Last day to register: Friday, August 20

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.

Carol Armour Aronson is an award-winning landscape designer and contractor, and the owner of Seco Verde, Inc, a firm specializing in drought-resistant regionally appropriate landscapes.

Wild by Nature: Sowing Seeds for Spring Wild Flowers with Genevieve Arnold @ Theodore Payne Foundation
Oct 23 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

In Southern California, fall and winter are prime time for sowing wild flower seeds in the garden! Our world-renowned spring annuals not only provide a spectacular array of colors and forms, but create essential pollinator habitat. Wild flowers perform well in many garden spaces, from meadows and mixed beds to borders and containers. You’ll gather tips and tricks on soil preparation, sowing techniques, design concepts, watering, and cultivation, and enjoy an illustrated overview of some of the instructor’s most beloved species. There will also be notes on sowing native California grass seed.

Genevieve Arnold is TPF’s Seed Program Manager and has worked with California native plants and seeds for many years. Her focus is on the conservation and preservation of our local and regional wild spaces, and on facilitating resilient and integrated garden spaces that support healthy ecosystems and create connectivity, joy and serenity. She enjoys the beauty of native plants in all their phases, including the amazing stages of fruit and seed development.