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Oct
21
Wed
Tés de plantas nativas con Kat High @ Online
Oct 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Kat High nos enseñará sobre algunas plantas nativas de California que pueden usarse como tés. También aprenderemos a secarlas y a conservarlas adecuadamente. Kat explicará los usos de cada planta en un contexto histórico de culturas indígenas de California.

Kat High (Hupa) fue entrenada por ancianos tribales en las tradiciones indígenas de manejo de tierras. Ella enseña a otros cómo adaptar esos principios al mundo moderno y ofrece educación ambiental como un camino tradicional a través de esta época de cambio climático.

Oct
23
Fri
Tried, True and Tempting, Too with Carol Bornstein @ Theodore Payne Foundation
Oct 23 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Whether you are starting from scratch or filling the gaps, join one or both of these sessions for pre-sale help wading through the huge array of native plants available at TPF’s upcoming Fall Plant Sale. Carol will cover reliable, easy-care favorites as well as challenging species and cultivars for more seasoned gardeners willing to experiment. Each session will include a walk in the demonstration gardens for a close-up look at mature specimens.

Offered again October 30.

Please read before registering:

This is an in-person class. To help protect our staff and community we respectfully ask that you read and follow these safety protocols:

  • Wear a mask that securely covers your nose and mouth. Masks are mandatory at all times on the TPF grounds.
  • Maintain a distance of at least six feet between other customers and staff.
  • Do not visit if you or someone from your household is feeling sick.
  • Wash/Sanitize your hands before you visit.

Carol Bornstein is former Director of the Nature Gardens at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and co-author of two books, the award-winning California Native Plants for the Garden and Reimagining the California Lawn. For nearly 30 years, she was the horticulturist at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. She is a member of TPF’s Board of Directors.

Oct
24
Sat
Wild by Nature: Sowing Seeds for Spring Wild Flowers with Genevieve Arnold @ Online
Oct 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

In Southern California, fall is prime time for sowing wildflower seed in the garden, and our famous spring annuals provide an array of colors and forms – and perform well in many garden spaces from meadows to mixed beds and borders to containers. You’ll gather tips and tricks on soil preparation, design concepts and sowing techniques, watering and cultivation, and enjoy an illustrated overview of the instructor’s most-beloved species.

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.

Genevieve Arnold is TPF’s Seed Program Manager and an aficionado of local wildflower species in her own garden and in their natural wild habitats.

Oct
28
Wed
Introducción a Plantas Nativas con Brenda Kyle @ Online
Oct 28 @ 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.

Oct
29
Thu
Poppy Hour: Wildfire @ Online
Oct 29 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Wildfire in an inherent part of life in southern California. It is both an essential element of our local ecology that contributes to the rich biodiversity of the region as well as a very real and dangerous threat to people and property. During this episode we’ll be joined by two wildfire experts: Dr. Jon Keeley, a fire ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, and Henry Herrera, a Forester with California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE). We’ll take a deep dive into our local fire ecology, discuss what it’s like on the ground as a fire-fighter, and actions we can all take to create wildfire resilient communities.

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.

Dr. Jon Keeley is currently a research scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey, stationed at Sequoia National Park. Prior to this appointment, he served one year in Washington, D.C. as director of the ecology program for the National Science Foundation. He was professor of biology at Occidental College for 20 years and spent a sabbatical year at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He has more than 350 publications in national and international scientific journals and books. His research has focused on ecological impacts of wildfires as well as other aspects of plant ecology, including rare plants, rare habitats such as vernal pools, and plant physiology. In 1985 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and is a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America and an Honorary Lifetime Member of the California Botanical Society. He has served on the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning Environmental Review Board, and the State of California Natural Communities Conservation Program (NCCP) Board of Scientific Advisors. (Bio from USGS)

Henry Herrera began his forestry career in the summer of 2004 with the Forest Service in the San Bernardino National Forest working as a wildland firefighter while attending forestry school at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. In 2005, Henry graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and Natural Resources with a concentration in forest resources and urban forestry. Between 2004 and 2013 Henry worked on the San Bernardino, Cleveland and Sierra National Forests as a wildland firefighter, forester, and lands/special uses officer. In 2014 Henry took a job as the CAL FIRE San Bernardino Unit forester and graduated from CAL FIRE’s fire academies. Since May of 2019, Henry has worked as the CAL FIRE Regional Urban Forester for Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Henry’s main experience has been with fuels/vegetation management, prescribed fire, reforestation, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), California Environmental Policy Act (CEQA), public information and working with underserved youth. Henry is a native of Southeast San Diego and currently resides in Riverside County with his wife, four-year-old son and one-year-old daughter. Henry is a Registered Professional Forester (RPF) and Certified Arborist.

This program was made possible in part by Edison International.

Oct
30
Fri
Tried, True and Tempting, Too with Carol Bornstein @ Theodore Payne Foundation
Oct 30 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Whether you are starting from scratch or filling the gaps, join one or both of these sessions for pre-sale help wading through the huge array of native plants available at TPF’s upcoming Fall Plant Sale. Carol will cover reliable, easy-care favorites as well as challenging species and cultivars for more seasoned gardeners willing to experiment. Each session will include a walk in the demonstration gardens for a close-up look at mature specimens.

Please read before registering:

This is an in-person class. To help protect our staff and community we respectfully ask that you read and follow these safety protocols:

  • Wear a mask that securely covers your nose and mouth. Masks are mandatory at all times on the TPF grounds.
  • Maintain a distance of at least six feet between other customers and staff.
  • Do not visit if you or someone from your household is feeling sick.
  • Wash/Sanitize your hands before you visit.

Carol Bornstein is former Director of the Nature Gardens at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and co-author of two books, the award-winning California Native Plants for the Garden and Reimagining the California Lawn. For nearly 30 years, she was the horticulturist at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. She is a member of TPF’s Board of Directors.

Oct
31
Sat
Fire-wise Landscaping in Rancho Cucamonga @ Online
Oct 31 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Wildfire is an inherent part of life in southern California. Learn how garden design and maintenance can help protect homes in high-risk fire areas. This program will introduce you to the basics of wildfire in southern California through the lens of California native plants and offer easy actions you can take at home to create and maintain a beautiful landscape that is both fire-wise and habitat rich.

This an introductory level program for audiences living in Rancho Cucamonga and surrounding areas that will address the region’s native habitats and fire history. It will be held online via Zoom. An access code will be sent to attendees in advance of the class. A Zoom account is not required to attend.

This program was made possible in part by Edison International.

Nov
4
Wed
Right Plant, Right Place with Scott Cher @ Online
Nov 4 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

A special weekday offering in anticipation of our fall sale!

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.

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.

Class repeats monthly.

Scott Cher is TPF Adult Eduction Manager.

Nov
9
Mon
Native Seed-Starting Workshop with Tim Becker @ Theodore Payne Foundation
Nov 9 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Learn the ins and outs (and ups and downs) of propagating native plants from seed. This hands-on workshop covers basic seed physiology, seed viability, germination cues and pretreatments, and sowing and aftercare. Each student will take home a flat of seeds they’ve sown! All materials provided. Limited to 10 students.

Please read before registering:

This is an in-person workshop. To help protect our staff and community we respectfully ask that you read and follow these safety protocols:

  • Wear a mask that securely covers your nose and mouth. Masks are mandatory at all times on the TPF grounds.
  • Maintain a distance of at least six feet between other customers and staff.
  • Do not visit if you or someone from your household is feeling sick.
  • Wash/Sanitize your hands before you visit.

Tim Becker is TPF’s Director of Horticulture and a seasoned landscaper.

Nov
13
Fri
Native Plant Garden Maintenance with Tim Becker @ Online
Nov 13 @ 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.

Tim Becker is TPF Director of Horticulture.

Nov
22
Sun
Sunday in the Garden: Gottlieb Native Garden @ Private garden, Beverly Hills
Nov 22 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Join homeowner Susan Gottlieb and naturalist Scott Logan for light refreshments and an intimate discussion of the garden’s flora and fauna, as well as fall maintenance practices to keep this urban oasis at its best. Guests will receive a copy of the new book The Gottlieb Native Garden: an intimate wildlife journey. Additional copies will be available for purchase.

Sunday in the Garden extends TPF’s Native Plant Garden Tour by spotlighting exceptional native plant gardens year round. Each visit includes conversations with homeowners and/or designers, and plenty of time for exploration and socializing.

About the Garden:

This one-acre estate includes many mature natives, some more than 25 years old, alongside more recent plantings, all of which attract legions of hummingbirds, songbirds, insects, and other local fauna. A staircase leads down a steep back hillside, handsomely terraced and planted with slope-stabilizing natives. Other highlights: a running stream, water features designed for birds, a fine succulent collection, and an exemplary cat run that give felines time outside while keeping the birds (and cats) safe.

Safety Guidelines:

This is an in-person event. To help protect our hosts and community, we respectfully ask that you read and follow these safety protocols:

  • Wear a mask that securely covers your nose and mouth. Masks are mandatory at all times in the garden.
  • Maintain a distance of at least six feet from other attendees.
  • Do not attend if you or someone from your household is feeling sick.
  • Wash/Sanitize your hands before you visit.
  • Restrooms will be unavailable.

Registration is limited to 12 guests. The program will be held outdoors.

The address will be sent to attendees two days before the event. Street parking is available.