Fridays, Apr. 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20
9:30am – 11:30am
Cost: $65 members/$80 nonmembers
Drop-in cost: $12 members/$15 nonmembers
FREE for all registered South Coast Botanic Garden Volunteers
Location: Classroom B
In a partnership with the UC Master Gardeners, getting into gardening doesn’t have to be overwhelming. With the most qualified experts and a comprehensive look at gardening, the process can be incredibly rewarding! This series will have a different topic each class beginning with basic garden design principles and advancing through sustainability, soil, irrigation, troubleshooting your garden and how to navigate the many misconceptions of gardening.
Apr. 15: Basic Garden Design Principles with UCCE Master Gardener – Liza Go
The class on Basic Garden Design covers a brief history of gardening in the US; the basic elements and principles of landscape design and different gardening philosophies and methods that impact design.
**Prep Work: Bring to class a map of your garden space or landscape. Please clearly note trees, hedges, house, garage, walkways, decks, swimming pool, poles, and other structures in your space. Make sure you also mark the four directions (North, West, South, East), and observe the play of light – how the sun arcs across the sky, daily, and in the spring/summer and fall/winter. Bring your map to class on April 15.
Apr. 22: Sustainable Design Practices and Zoning with UCCE Master Gardener – Bryan Masterson
This class covers the practical applications of incorporating sustainability in to your yard through efficient zoning. Some of the topics include water harvesting, mulching, sustainable plantings, firescaping and hydrozoning.
Apr. 29: Growing your Soil: Fertilizing, Amendments and Care – Liza Go
What is soil, and how is it formed? How do you revive dead soil, and how do you grow soil as a living, dynamic environment for your garden. Best practices in growing soil will also be discussed. You will also learn how to test your soil texture.
**Prep Work: Bring to class two cups of soil you have collected from your growing spaces that you want tested. To collect soil, clear the surface of all debris, including leaves, twigs and rocks. Dig about 12-13 inches, and collect two cups of soil. Put the soil in a clear sided quart jar with a cap, and bring to class on April 29.
May 6: All about Irrigation: Best Practices for Watering and working with the Drought – Ana Paludi
Ana will touch on how to keep outdoor plantings alive during drought and under water restrictions.
Topics covered include symptoms of water stress, tips to conserve water in your current landscape with an emphasis on drip irrigation, methods to help specific plants survive drought, and planting a drought-resistant landscape.
May 13: Troubleshooting your Garden: Integrated Pest Management and Plant Clinic – Ana Paludi
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is the practice of managing pests and plant diseases using an ecologically-based system of least-toxic gardening. Gardeners are encouraged to select methods that provide long-term prevention of pest problems with minimum impact on the environment.
A hands-on landscape pest identification session will be included, where preserved plant samples with pest or disease damage will be studied to learn how to better identify pests and diagnose symptoms. **Prep Work: Please feel free to bring diseased plant cuttings (in a Ziploc bag) to class with any accompanied questions.
May 20: Gardening Trends: Past, Present and Future Trends in the Gardening World – Bryan Masterson
This class explores history of gardening and why it is the way it is today along with where it may be going in the future. Topics covered include water use, pesticides, herbicides and community gardens.
Registration required for this class. Volunteers – please register by emailing Darlene Lackey at DLackey@parks.lacounty.gov with the class(es) you wish to attend. Tickets may be purchased above or by calling the Guest Services Center at (310) 544-1948.