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Events: Gardening

Thu, 11/6 10:00am


September 25, October 2, 9, (Skip 16), 23, 30, November 6

$60 members / $70 non-members

$5 materials fee (payable to instructor)

Instructor: Sharon Ratterree, M. Ed., Certified Landscape Design Consultant


GET INSPIRED! Whether you are a novice or an expert, this class will help you create your own beautiful garden! New topics each session cover garden basics such as design, sustainability, pollinators and wildlife, plant selection for our area, and maintenance. The instructor is an avid gardener and shares tips from practical experience that will work in your own yard. This series may include optional field trips for additional fees. Meet new gardening friends and have fun getting ideas to create your own beautiful garden. 


Sat, 11/8 10:00am

Instructor: Julie James, Certified Herbalist, Master Gardener

Thyme is an extraordinarily valuable herb for treatment of respiratory problems, infection, oral health, and chronic spasm.

Oregano is a powerful antimicrobial, antifungal and antiviral, but also has benefits for digestion, respiration and many other body systems. Together, the two plants, closely related not only in family but also in flavor and action, make some of the strongest medicine we have. They also make tasty foods even tastier.

This class will discuss use of these herbs and the essential oils in treatment of a wide range of conditions. The instructor finds herself reaching for thyme tincture, tea, and essential oil very often, especially during cold and flu season. The plants grow quickly and easily here in Southern California, and they are herbs no garden should be without. Class participants will receive samples of organic Thyme or Oregano tincture and the dried organically grown herb, plus a comprehensive monograph discussing the herb, including botany, cultivation, historical usage, active constituents, current medical usage, culinary usage, recipes and formulas, and health conditions treated by the herb. We will snack on and try out samples of some foods and medicines made with Oregano and Thyme. Yum.


Sun, 11/16 12:00pm

Shop: Cornish Courtyard

Learn: Classroom B

Included with paid Garden admission

Speaker: Laurel Woodley


Learn about how Tillandsia are able to grow in trees without any soil and how you might incorporate them into your landscape. Examples of other epiphytes will be mentioned including staghorn ferns, orchids and other kinds of bromeliads. What you need to know about how to grow these specialty plants will be addressed and there will be ample opportunity to ask questions during the presentation.


Sun, 11/16 2:00pm

Lecture included with paid Garden admission      

Expert grower, Leonardo Re, will lecture about the care and culture of the African Violet. Learn how to put down a leaf, repot a mature plant, rejuvenate a plant with a long neck, and remove a sucker. Plants will be available to purchase.