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Mon, 5/4 9:30am

The South Coast Floral Arrangers meets the first Monday of the month at South Coast Botanic Garden, with the exception of July and August.

For additional information contact Gudy Kimmel at (310) 530-2382 or Judy Unrine at (310) 378-0227


Mon, 5/4 6:00pm

The California Native Plant Society meets the first Monday of the month at South Coast Botanic Garden, with the exception of July and October.

For additional information contact David Berman at (310) 833-4377


Mon, 5/4 7:00pm

The Palos Verdes Begonia Society meets the first Monday of the month at South Coast Botanic Garden, with the exception of August and September.

For additional information contact Carol Knight at (310) 833-3466


Thu, 5/7 6:00pm

Engaged couples are invited to enjoy a romantic evening in the Garden for our third series of the Ooh.La.Love Soiree. Sip and savor champagne and small-bite appetizers while you hand-pick elements to incorporate into your special day. For more information about this event please visit For wedding professionals and vendor inquiries, please email for additional information. 


Fri, 5/8 12:00pm

Cost: Included with paid Garden admission

Suzanne’s passion is painting and drawing botanical subjects. You can see much of her work at PV Art Center and during most of the warmer months at Malaga Cove Art Shows. Join Suzanne in the Gift Shop to hear more about her botanical art.


Sat, 5/9 10:00am

The South Bay California Rare Fruit Growers meet the Second Saturday of the month at South Coast Botanic Garden.

For additional information contact John Baskett at (310) 707-3903


Sat, 5/9 10:00am

Included with paid Garden admission

In being more than just another pretty place, South Coast Botanic Garden is a dynamic space with many hidden trails and a playful curiosity that may just stir something inside of both children and adults. Traditionally National Public Gardens Day raises awareness of America’s public gardens and the various roles they play in communities nationwide. We are excited to open our gates for a day spent exploring the vast 87 acres of the Garden, but more importantly, diving into the layers of memories and nostalgia that make the Garden, “Your Garden”. We have partnered with our friends at Palos Verdes Library District in presenting their Pop-up Library to our youngest members. Our most unique and stunning plant collections will showcase small-group tours with insider knowledge on the intriguing stories of how they came to be and the Garden’s locally-world-famous instructors will be conducting hands-on demonstrations to teach you their tricks of their trade. In a great day to introduce friends and family to your special place, we truly thank you for your support.

There will be a Members-Only and VIP area in the Koi Pond from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm with refreshments and cookies. Please feel free to meet other members and recharge on a wonderful Spring day!


Activity Location Time Schedule Expert Guide
Banyan Grove Tour Banyan Grove 10:30 AM Tanya Finney - Superintendent SCBG
Yoga Demo Upper Meadow 11:00 AM Nicole Fagone - Yoga in the Garden
Desert Garden Tour Desert Garden 11:00 AM Laurel Woodley - SCBG Foundation Trustee
Propagation Tour Propagation Workshop 11:30 AM Jim Gardner - SCBG Foundation Vice President
Tai Chi Demo Upper Meadow 11:30 AM Angie Sierra - Tai Chi in the Garden Instructor
Volunteer/Children's Garden Tour Volunteer Garden 12:00 PM Robin Kirk - SCBG Docent and Foundation Trustee
Suzanne Gatlin - SCBG Docent
Yoga Demo Upper Meadow 12:00 PM Nicole Fagone - Yoga in the Garden Instructor
Fuchsia Garden Tour Fuchsia Garden 12:30 PM Marsha Hopwood - South Coast Fuchsia Society President
Gardening Demo Volunteer Garden 1:00 AM Farmer Andy  Vaughan - Junior Farmers Program
Future of the Garden Presentation Rose Garden 1:30 AM Peter Olpe - SCBG Foundation President
Children Activities Children's Garden 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Urban Sitter - SCBGF Community Partner
Pop-up Library Upper Meadow 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Palos Verdes Library District - SCBGF Community Partner


Sun, 5/10 8:00am

No fees associated with this class

40+ years of combined birding experience in conducting and documenting sightings.

Are you interested in birds? Join the Palos Verdes/South Bay Audubon Society as they tour the Garden in search of birds. Bird walks are a great way to learn to identify birds. No experience is required, but binoculars are recommended. The group meets in the Courtyard and then heads out into the Garden. Please arrive punctually should you wish to join the group. Binoculars, water and sunscreen are  recommended. Binoculars can be purchased at Wild Birds Unlimited in Torrance.


Sun, 5/10 1:30pm

The Cactus & Succulent Society meets the second Sunday of the month.

Ernesto Sandoval, Director, U.C. Davis Botanical Conservatory will speak on "Methods of Propagation" By explaining the workings of plants, he will teach us techniques of seed as well as vegetative propagation which we can use in our own gardens.

For additional information contact society president Dale La Forest at (310) 618-9886 and visit


Mon, 5/11 9:30am

The South Coast Fuchsia Society meets the second Monday of the month at South Coast Botanic Garden, with the exception of June.

For additional information contact Marsha Hopwood at (310) 374-3255