Calendar

Jul
29
Thu
Botany for Gardeners with Valerie Wong @ Online
Jul 29 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Class meets three times online:
Thursday, July 29, 5:30-7:30pm
Thursday, August 5, 5:30-7:30pm
Thursday, August 12, 5:30-7:30pm

How do some plants make do with far less water than others? How do plants defend against sun and heat damage? How does elevation affect plants?

Biology professor and master gardener Valerie Wong will answer these questions and more in a special three-part course developed especially with native plant gardeners in mind! Great for botany enthusiasts and gardeners of all skill levels looking for a deeper understanding of how plants respond to their environment.

This class will be held online via Zoom and recorded. Login instructions will be included in the registration confirmation. Students will have access to a recording of the class for one week after the program concludes.

Valerie Wong teaches a variety of college biology courses at PCC and Cal State LA along with Botany and Plant Taxonomy and Identification in the UCLA Extension Horticulture and Gardening program. Valerie earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Wellesley College and a Ph.D. in Plant and Microbial Biology at UC Berkeley. In her down time, Valerie serves as a UC Master Gardener for LA County and is a sometimes successful, always enthusiastic gardener who happily eliminated her front yard in favor of flowering, low-water shrubberies.

Jul
31
Sat
Three-Part California Native Garden Design with Steve Gerischer @ Theodore Payne Foundation
Jul 31 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Class meets three times in person:
Saturday, July 17, 8:30am-12:30pm
Saturday, July 31, 8:30am-12:30pm
Saturday, August 7, 8:30am-12:30pm
Last day to register: Friday, July 9

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 Horticultural Society.

Willow Workshop with Kat High @ Theodore Payne Foundation
Jul 31 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am

Discover, enjoy and learn how to grow our native Salix (willow) in this lecture, demonstration and hands-on workshop! Learn about willow harvesting techniques and create your own willow seed beater for gathering seed in your own native plant garden.

Kat High is a Native American of Hupa descent. She lectures widely on the ethnobotany of California native plants. Kat has been trained by traditional elders in Native American land management traditions, now referred to as TEK (Traditional Ecological Knowledge), and is a teacher on adapting those principles to the modern world. Her “gathering garden” was featured in the KCET award-winning documentary “Tending the Wild”.

Aug
5
Thu
Botany for Gardeners with Valerie Wong @ Online
Aug 5 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Class meets three times online:
Thursday, July 29, 5:30-7:30pm
Thursday, August 5, 5:30-7:30pm
Thursday, August 12, 5:30-7:30pm

How do some plants make do with far less water than others? How do plants defend against sun and heat damage? How does elevation affect plants?

Biology professor and master gardener Valerie Wong will answer these questions and more in a special three-part course developed especially with native plant gardeners in mind! Great for botany enthusiasts and gardeners of all skill levels looking for a deeper understanding of how plants respond to their environment.

This class will be held online via Zoom and recorded. Login instructions will be included in the registration confirmation. Students will have access to a recording of the class for one week after the program concludes.

Valerie Wong teaches a variety of college biology courses at PCC and Cal State LA along with Botany and Plant Taxonomy and Identification in the UCLA Extension Horticulture and Gardening program. Valerie earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Wellesley College and a Ph.D. in Plant and Microbial Biology at UC Berkeley. In her down time, Valerie serves as a UC Master Gardener for LA County and is a sometimes successful, always enthusiastic gardener who happily eliminated her front yard in favor of flowering, low-water shrubberies.

Aug
7
Sat
Right Plant, Right Place with Scott Cher @ Online
Aug 7 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This class will be recorded! See below for details.

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. Login instructions will be included in the reminder emails. Students will have access to a recording of the class for 48 hours after the live event.

Scott Cher is TPF Adult Eduction Manager.

Aug
12
Thu
Behind the Scenes at Theodore Payne Foundation with Katie Tilford @ Theodore Payne Foundation
Aug 12 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am

Join TPF’s Katie Tilford for a guided tour of areas not usually open to the public. Visit our plant propagation and seed conservation facilities, and learn more about our work to make a wide selection of California native plants available to gardeners.

This tour will be held outdoors in working production facilities. We ask guests to wear closed-toe shoes and long pants, and to prepare for up to 90 minutes of walking on steep, uneven, and wet surfaces. Water bottles and sun protection are also strongly encouraged.

Katie Tilford is a certified horticulturist, former nursery manager, and Administrative Assistant at Theodore Payne Foundation. She is passionate about popularizing botanical knowledge and finding ways that plants can connect us.

California Native Container Plants with Flora Ito @ Theodore Payne Foundation
Aug 12 @ 8:30 am – 9:45 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 and guided walk with tips on growing natives in pots to enhance your door step, balcony or patio.

Part of this class will be held outdoors in nursery and demonstration gardens. We ask guests to wear closed-toe shoes and long pants, and to prepare for up to one hour of walking on uneven surfaces. Water bottles and sun protection are also strongly encouraged.

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

Botany for Gardeners with Valerie Wong @ Online
Aug 12 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Class meets three times online:
Thursday, July 29, 5:30-7:30pm
Thursday, August 5, 5:30-7:30pm
Thursday, August 12, 5:30-7:30pm

How do some plants make do with far less water than others? How do plants defend against sun and heat damage? How does elevation affect plants?

Biology professor and master gardener Valerie Wong will answer these questions and more in a special three-part course developed especially with native plant gardeners in mind! Great for botany enthusiasts and gardeners of all skill levels looking for a deeper understanding of how plants respond to their environment.

This class will be held online via Zoom and recorded. Login instructions will be included in the registration confirmation. Students will have access to a recording of the class for one week after the program concludes.

Valerie Wong teaches a variety of college biology courses at PCC and Cal State LA along with Botany and Plant Taxonomy and Identification in the UCLA Extension Horticulture and Gardening program. Valerie earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Wellesley College and a Ph.D. in Plant and Microbial Biology at UC Berkeley. In her down time, Valerie serves as a UC Master Gardener for LA County and is a sometimes successful, always enthusiastic gardener who happily eliminated her front yard in favor of flowering, low-water shrubberies.

Aug
14
Sat
Three-Part California Native Garden Design with Steve Gerischer @ Theodore Payne Foundation
Aug 14 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Class meets three times in person:
Saturday, July 17, 8:30am-12:30pm
Saturday, July 31, 8:30am-12:30pm
Saturday, August 7, 8:30am-12:30pm
Last day to register: Friday, July 9

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 Horticultural Society.

Aug
21
Sat
Behind the Scenes at Theodore Payne Foundation with Sam Alonso @ Theodore Payne Foundation
Aug 21 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am

Join TPF’s Sam Alonso for a guided tour of areas not usually open to the public. Visit our plant propagation and seed conservation facilities, and learn more about our work to make a wide selection of California native plants available to gardeners.

This tour will be held outdoors in working production facilities. We ask guests to wear closed-toe shoes and long pants, and to prepare for up to 90 minutes of walking on steep, uneven, and wet surfaces. Water bottles and sun protection are also strongly encouraged.

Sam Alonso is a certified Interpretive Guide, horticulturist, former farm assistant manager, and current Seed Technician at Theodore Payne Foundation. She is passionate about the accessibility of outdoor spaces for all, the preservation of natural resources and sustainable landscapes, and the various ways that community members can play an active role towards these goals.

Aug
26
Thu
Native Plant Maintenance Basics, a Walk and Talk with Erik Blank @ Theodore Payne Foundation
Aug 26 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Join TPF’s Erik Blank for an overview of summer maintenance practices for California native plants using practical examples from TPF’s demonstration gardens.

This class will be held outdoors in our demonstration gardens. We ask guests to wear closed-toe shoes and long pants, and to prepare for up to one hour of walking on steep and uneven surfaces. Water bottles and sun protection are also strongly encouraged.

Erik Blank is a long-time California native plant enthusiast with professional experience in restoration, installation and maintenance. He joined the TPF Sales Yard in June of 2020.

Aug
27
Fri
Behind the Scenes at Theodore Payne Foundation with Katie Tilford @ Theodore Payne Foundation
Aug 27 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am

Join TPF’s Katie Tilford for a guided tour of areas not usually open to the public. Visit our plant propagation and seed conservation facilities, and learn more about our work to make a wide selection of California native plants available to gardeners.

This tour will be held outdoors in working production facilities. We ask guests to wear closed-toe shoes and long pants, and to prepare for up to 90 minutes of walking on steep, uneven, and wet surfaces. Water bottles and sun protection are also strongly encouraged.

Katie Tilford is a certified horticulturist, former nursery manager, and Administrative Assistant at Theodore Payne Foundation. She is passionate about popularizing botanical knowledge and finding ways that plants can connect us.