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Events: Special Interest

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.


Wed, 5/20 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.


Thu, 5/21 5:00pm

Members Only – No Charge for Garden Walks. Limited to 25 participants

Members may invite one (1) non-member guest. RSVPs are required for all participants. Registration for walk opens two weeks prior to walk and is limited to 25 participants. Walk will be led by Garden staff. 

Our first walk of the year will cover the various groves and tree collections of the Garden. We will see the Banyan grove, Conifer collection, Magnolia collection, and the Redwood grove. A refreshment stop will be included halfway through the walk. Dress accordingly for the weather and bring along water and binoculars if you wish. Meet in the Courtyard at 5:00 pm to begin the walk.

Thu, 5/21 7:00pm

The South Coast Rose Society meets the third Thursday of the month at South Coast Botanic Garden, with the exception of July, August, and December.

For additional information contact Gloria Leinbach at (310) 867-0967


Sat, 5/23 10:00am

Cost: $25 members / $35 non-members           

Materials Fee: $5 (payable to instructor) 

Julie James: Owner and Director of Green Wisdom Herbal Studies, UCCE Master Gardener and Certified Herbalist

This class will focus on caring for dogs and cats though other animals may be discussed as required. Herbal treatments for disease as well as prevention and general care for various afflictions will be discussed. Julie will take students through the pros and cons of raw and other diets, basic recipes for homemade pet food and guidelines for improving nutrition using commercial food. Additional subjects include herbal/floral essence blend tutorials and nutrition for improving immune health, skin and coat, digestion, joints and more! Students will take home recipes and ideas for supporting the health of your fuzzy kids, plus samples of herbal medicines to put that information to use immediately!


Sat, 5/23 5:30pm

Doors Open 5:30pm

Performance 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Frances Young Hall

$20 per person at the door

$18 per person presale

Contact Randy Chang at (310) 628-1547 to purchase tickets

E komo mai, come and hear our island stories through music and dance. Relax on the beach, enjoying your tropical drink, watching our beautiful sunsets and feeling our warm breezes of Aloha.


Sun, 5/24 10:00am

The South Coast Bosai Association meets the fourth Sunday of the month at South Coast Botanic Garden, with the exception of December.

For additional information contact Ken Ueda at (310) 987-6345.