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3 weeks 4 days ago

With Spring in full swing, the Garden is abound with blooming excitement. If you click the links below, you may notice that many classes have integrated the Garden into their programming to make sure no one misses this very exciting season. Be sure to stop by and see nature take over with its gorgeous displays all over the Garden.

Click on the links below for more information or visit our Facebook Events Page to invite your friends and family to specific events or classes. Register today to ensure a place in class!


5: Spring Plant Sale and Boutique – 7:00 am (Members-Only) / 9:00 am (Nonmembers)

6: NEW! Tulips and Bulbs Floral Design Workshop – 1:00 pm

6: Kids Club: April Showers Bring May Flowers – 1:30 pm 

12 - 13: South Coast Cactus and Succulent Society Show and Sale – 9:00 am 

19: NEW! Overcoming your Anxiety About Gardening – 9:00 am 

19: NEW! Medicine-making Basics: Creams and Lotions - 10:00 am

19: NEW! Palos Verdes Library District - Pop-up Library in the Garden – 11:00 am 

26: A Faery Hunt Presents: Fairy Time in the Enchanted Garden – 9:30 am 

26 - 27: Shoreline Stitchers Showcase - 10:00 am


Health and Wellness Classes: 

5, 12, 19 & 26: NEW! Yoga in the Garden (Drop-in Classes) - 9:00 am

5, 12, 19 & 26: NEW! Taiji (Tai Chi) in the Garden (Drop-in Classes) - 10:30 am



4 weeks 1 day ago

spring 2014 plant sale


Saturday, April 5, 2014 
7:00 AM to 9:00 AM - Member's only preview hours 
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM - Sale open to all
Plant Sale & Boutique included with paid Garden admission

Help support South Coast Botanic Garden by joining us for our annual Spring Plant Sale and Boutique. It's our biggest sale yet! Shop early for best selection. Members get in free and receive an additional 10% off plant sale purchases during preview hours. 

Nursery vendors participating include: MB Landscaping and Nursery -  Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy - Ricardo's Nursery - SCBG Back 40 - SCBG Propagation Workshop - South Coast Rose Society - South Coast Dahlia Society - Toro Nursery - Tomatomania! - Chaiyo Gardens

Boutique vendors participating include: Heirloom Mosaics - Soap Exchange - Sweet Sugar Bath - Judy Brown, Independent Product Consultant for Doterra Intl - Jen's Jewels.
Thank you to Native Sons and San Marcos Growers for their plant donations! 



4 weeks 1 day ago

March 1- 31, 2014 

South Coast Botanic Garden has been selected by the Macy's Love Your Park Program! If you donate $1 at any of the three Macy's stores in the Del Amo Mall, Macy's will match the donation!! Stop by any time from March 7th to March 31st and support the Garden!

Participating locations include:

21760 Hawthorne Blvd. Torrance, CA
21600 Hawthorne Blvd. Torrance, CA

21800 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance, CA



1 month 3 weeks ago

The start of spring is always an exciting time in the Garden and it may just be the most exciting yet! From our many new events to our innovative classes we’re pleased to unveil these activities to help you ‘grow’ along with our Garden. Be sure to stop by, take in the sights and get involved!

Click on the links below for more information or visit our Facebook Events Page to invite your friends and family to specific events or classes. Register today to ensure a place in your class!

8: CANCELLED South Bay Rare Fruit Growers: Open Orchard – 9:00 am 

8: South Coast African Violet Show & Sale – 10:30 pm 

8: NEW! Introduction to Yoga: Union of Body & Mind Workshop – 1:30 pm

11: Peewee Picasso! (Class Begins) – 9:30 am 

11: Ikebana – Advanced Floral Design (Class Begins) – 10:00 am 

11: Play Dough and Picasso! (Class Begins) – 10:45 am 

11: Ikebana – Beginner/ Intermediate Floral Design (Class Begins) – 1:00 pm 

11: Awesome Art! (Class Begins) – 5:00 pm 

12: Experimenting with Colored Pencils (Class Begins) – 1:00 pm 

13: Successful Gardens (Class Begins) – 10:00 am 

14: Oriental Impressionistic Watercolor (Class Begins) – 9:00 am

15: NEW! Yoga in the Garden (Class Begins) – 9:00 am 

15: NEW! Chen Bing Academy – Taiji (Tai Chi) in the Garden (Class Begins) – 10:30 am 

15: Beginning Drawing in the Garden (Class Begins) – 12:30 pm 

15: Beginning Digital Photography (Class Begins) – 1:00 pm 

16: NEW! Springtime Gifts for the Garden Lover – 9:00 am 

16: Mosaic Workshop – 12:00 am 

20: One Stroke Painting: Series 1 (Class Begins) – 10:00 am 

22: A Faery Hunt Presents: Fairy Time in the Enchanted Garden – 9:30 am 

23: NEW! Garden Shop and Learn – Clivia and Aloe – 12:00 pm 

29: NEW! Medicine-making Basics: Creams and Lotions – 10:00 am 

29: NEW! Garden Lecture – Heirloom Tomatoes: Past, Present and Future and Sale – 1:30 pm 


For more information or to sign up for classes, please call: 

Guest Services at (310) 544-1948. 



We are very pleased to welcome Yoga in the Garden  on Saturday mornings from 9:00 am – 10:15 am starting on March 15th.

If you'd like to start slow on your journey into healthier lifestyles or just want a refresher, we also have an Introduction to Yoga: Union of Body & Mind Workshop on March 8th at 1:30 pm.

Nicole Fagone of Hummingbird Yoga will lead you through yoga sets energizing and rejuvenating each chakra: a wonderful benefit for the body and mind whether taken in the series or separately. 

All levels encouraged.

3/15- Yoga for the root chakra! Colon & elimination organs.  The root chakra is associated with foundation, survival, security, habit and self-acceptance.

3/22 - Yoga for the second chakra!  Reproductive system, kidneys & bladder.  The second chakra is associated with desires, feelings and creativity.

3/29 - Yoga for the third chakra!  Liver, gallbladder, spleen, digestive organs, pancreas & adrenals. The third chakra or naval chakra is associated with confidence, willpower, personal power and commitment.

4/5 - Yoga for the heart chakra! - Heart, lungs & thymus gland.  The heart chakra is associated with spiritual awareness, forgiveness, and service.

4/12 - Yoga for the throat chakra! - Trachea, throat, cervical vertebrae & thyroid.

The throat chakra is associated with truth, self-expression, and communication.

4/19 - Yoga for the sixth chakra - Brain & pituitary gland (Third Eye).  The 6th chakra is associated with wisdom and identity.

4/26 - Yoga for the crown chakra! - Brain & pineal gland.  The 7th chakra is associated with humility, vastness and transcendence.


Please bring your own yoga mat or contact the instructor ahead of time to purchase a mat for $8.00. Please be sure to wear comfortable clothing and bring a water bottle if you prefer.

Class Price is $70 members / $80 non-members

**Drop-ins on the day of the class are allowed for $12 per class for members and $15 per class for non-members. Please register at the Guest Services Center.

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2 months 3 weeks ago
As our winter classes wind down and we get ready to roll out the new spring schedule, there are still a few great things going on in February! We have a couple new workshops taking root and The Gift Shop is, as always, vigilant in bringing you unique presents and special deals!

Click on the links below for more information or visit our Facebook Events Page to invite your friends and family to specific events or classes. Register today to ensure a place in your class!

1: NEW! Taiji in the Garden – 10:30 am 

2: NEW! Succulent Floral Design – 1:00 pm 

2: Kids Club: Learn about Humming Birds – 1:30 pm

8: NEW! Taiji in the Garden – 10:30 am 

15: NEW! Taiji in the Garden – 10:30 am 

16: Family Picnic Day: The Greenhouse – 9:00 am 

21 – 23: Gift Shop – Double Discount Days – 10:00 am

22: NEW! Taiji in the Garden – 10:30 am 

23: NEW! Mosaic Workshop – 12:00 pm 

27: Volunteer Information Session – 10:30 am

For more information or to sign up for classes, please call: 

Guest Services at (310) 544-1948. 



We are very pleased to welcome Chen Bing Taiji Academy to our Garden on Saturday mornings from 10:30 am – 11:30 am through March 1st.

This is a great chance to explore something new if you've never experienced the full-body therapy of Taiji (Tai Chi) and will be a great addition to your practice if you are already a student.

Drop-in students are encouraged to attend and pricing will remain at an introductory rate of $10 per member / $12 per non-member, through this series until March 1st.

From Chen Bing Taiji Academy: 

Taiji or Tai chi (meaning grand ultimate) is a Chinese soft style internal martial art used for centuries in health, healing and longevity. Based on ancient principles of yin yang theory, philosophical laws of nature (the Tao), authentic Chen Taiji is a holistic training method used to cultivate a strong body, mind and spirit through techniques of mental concentration with coordinated breath and body movements. Proper practice results in an improved postural alignment, balance and bone density. Taiji harmonizes external and internal energy flow which strengthen muscles, while the internal spiraling energy massages internal organs and circulates qi energy flow throughout the body.

Additional benefits include a deeper sense of natural breathing along with a concentrated and tranquil mind. Strong emphasis is placed on intention and mental focus and is a suitable practice for all ages of students with various ailments and conditions.

Chen Taiji founded by Chen Wangting, is the oldest and parent form of all the styles of Taiji including Yang, Wu and Sun. The instructors are fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from Laoshi (teacher) Master Bosco Baek, the only disciple in America of Master Chen Bing and the direct descendant of its creator Chen Wangting. Master Bosco Baek teaches the authentic Chen Jia Gou (Chen Village) system and is a most knowledgeable and skillful teacher.

Spring series starts on March 15th through every Saturday until May 3rd. 

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