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Events: Special Interest

Sat, 5/9 9:00am

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.

Schedule of Tours and Demonstrations will be posted here soon!


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


Sun, 5/10 8:00am

Sundays and Wednesdays

No fees associated with this class

Martin Byhower and Stephanie Bryan: 40+ years of combined birding experience in conducting and documenting sightings.

Are you interested in birds? Join Stephanie Bryan and Martin Byhower of 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 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.

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


Tue, 5/12 7:00pm

The South Coast Epiphyllum Society meets the second Tuesday of the month at South Coast Botanic Garden, with the exception of January.

For additional information contact Dick Kohlschreiber at (310) 833-6823


Thu, 5/14 9:30am

The Gardeneers meet the second Thursday of the month at South Coast Botanic Garden, with the exception of June, July, August, and December.

For additional information contact Gudy Kimmel at (310) 530-2382


Fri, 5/15 7:00pm

The South Bay Orchid Society meets the third Friday of the month at South Coast Botanic Garden, with the exception of February, June, and September.

For additional information contact Marla Corey at (310) 833-1918


Sun, 5/17 10:30am

Sundays, March 8, April 19, May 17

Series: $15 members / $20 non-members        

Drop-in: $8 members / $10 non-members

Materials Fee: $5 (payable to instructor, one-time fee)

Beth Crosse: Ocean-friendly Garden Chair of South Bay Chapter and Green Gardens Group (G3) Certified Trainer, Maintenance Director for Manhattan Beach Botanical Garden.

 Instructor Beth Crosse will teach students how to achieve an Ocean-friendly Garden through giving your garden CPR: Conservation, Permeability and Retention and bring it back to life! This program includes watershed basics, hands-on workshops, the 5-step process, 3 Instant Gratifications and countless resources.

*A portion of fees will benefit Surfrider Foundation – South Bay Chapter


Tue, 5/19 7:30pm

The South Coast Dahlia Society meets the third Tuesday of the month at South Coast Botanic Garden, with the exception of January and August.

For additional information contact Dick Kohlschreiber at (310) 833-6823.