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  • Heirloom Tomatoes in the South Bay

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    Lecture included with paid Garden admission
    Speaker: Peter Olpe

    Peter Olpe will talk about history, care, and culture of heirloom tomatoes, in a lecture that is sure to appeal to both beginners and experienced growers. What makes a tomato an heirloom? Why do home grown tomatoes taste so much better than store bought? When should you really plant tomatoes? These questions and much more will be answered in this interesting lecture. Heirloom tomatoes will be available for sale at the end of the lecture.

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  • Financial Planning Seminars: Get Financially Fit!

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    Seminars included with paid Garden admission

    Speaker: Dean Billman, First Vice President – Wealth Management Fund Advisor, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

    These seminars are all firm approved with a slide show and handouts, and completely compliance approved. Let Dean answer all your financial questions for future planning.

    April 6: Secure Your Legacy

    This seminar presentation provides an overview of wealth planning topics: including estate tax law changes, estate planning tools, and trusts. 

    April 27: Preparing Your Child for College – The 529 Savings Plan

    Dean will discuss various 529 savings plans and how to distribute it to your child and any immediate family member.

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  • Financial Planning Seminars: Get Financially Fit!

    Location: 
    classrooma

    Seminars included with paid Garden admission

    Speaker: Dean Billman, First Vice President – Wealth Management Fund Advisor, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

    These seminars are all firm approved with a slide show and handouts, and completely compliance approved. Let Dean answer all your financial questions for future planning.

    April 6: Secure Your Legacy

    This seminar presentation provides an overview of wealth planning topics: including estate tax law changes, estate planning tools, and trusts. 

    April 27: Preparing Your Child for College – The 529 Savings Plan

    Dean will discuss various 529 savings plans and how to distribute it to your child and any immediate family member.

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  • Tai Chi in the Garden - Spring 2013 Series 1 (Series Begins Mar. 2)

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    Series 1

    Saturdays

    March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20

    Note: On March 16, 23, and 30, class will be from 10:30 am to 11:30 am.

    $60 members / $70 non-members

    Instructor: Master Wang Hui

    An ancient Chinese Technique emphasizing relaxation, balance, coordination, and agility, Tai Chi is a total system of exercises promoting circulation, flexibility, and inner strength, as well as mental and physical discipline. Living in California, Master Wang is an authentic Monk from The Shaolin Temple in China challenging the principles he was taught throughout his life. Practice Tai Chi to improve your health and rejuvenate your life! **Drop-ins on the day of the class are allowed and are $10 per class. Please register in the Gift Shop.

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  • Tai Chi in the Garden - Spring 2013 Series 2 (Series Begins May 4)

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    Series 2

    Saturdays

    May 4, 11, 18, 25

    $25 members / $35 non-members

    Instructor: Master Wang Hui

    An ancient Chinese Technique emphasizing relaxation, balance, coordination, and agility, Tai Chi is a total system of exercises promoting circulation, flexibility, and inner strength, as well as mental and physical discipline. Living in California, Master Wang is an authentic Monk from The Shaolin Temple in China challenging the principles he was taught throughout his life. Practice Tai Chi to improve your health and rejuvenate your life! **Drop-ins on the day of the class are allowed and are $10 per class. Please register in the Gift Shop.

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  • NEW! Essential Things Feng Shui Can Do to Maintain and Improve Your Health

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    $30 members / $40 non-members

    Instructor: Shelley Sparks

    Your house holds an essential key for you to maintain your health for as long as you live here. Understanding specific things that you can do in your home will support not only your physical health but also your emotional and mental well-being. 

    Join Feng Shui expert Shelley Sparks in learning how to health proof your house. 

    Shelley Sparks has been a Feng Shui expert for more than 20 years. Through the practice of Feng Shui she creates harmony, healing, and beneficial qualities to her clients’ homes and business and garden environments. She believes that as we bring our environments into balance we live happier and healthier lives. She is the author of the award winning book “Secrets of the Land.”

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  • NEW! Designing with Succulents - Spring 2013 (Series Begins Mar. 2)

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    Saturdays

    March 2 and 16

    $40 members / $50 non-members

    $5 materials fee (payable to instructor)

    Instructor: Jackie Johnson

    Learn how to create a unique succulent container garden from an instructor who has won numerous awards for her artistic designs with all kinds of plants.

    The first session will cover the basics such as the selection of containers, plants, and accessories, and how to maintain your garden so you can enjoy it for many years.

    In the second session, the instructor will guide you through the process of making your own creative succulent garden. Class is limited to 25 participants. Preregistration is required.

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  • Fuchsias

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    Lecture included with paid Garden admission

    Speaker: Peter Olpe

    Peter Olpe will talk about the fuchsia flower history and culture in this interesting lecture. A slideshow accompaniment will provide some beautiful photos. Come learn about fuchsias, and then explore the only remaining public fuchsia garden in Los Angeles County.

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  • Bird Lectures - Spring 2013 (Series Begins Apr. 3)

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    Wednesdays

    April 3, 17, May 8, 29

    $23 members / $33 non-members

    Instructors: Eric and Ann Brooks

    Have fun studying and identifying many of the species of birds found in Southern California. Class uses slides, videos, and printed materials. Discussions revolve around birding books, binoculars, and periodicals.

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  • NEW! Peewee Picasso! - Spring 2013 (Series Begins Mar. 6)

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    Ages 15 months – 2 years 11 months

    Wednesdays

    March 6, 13, (skip 20), 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8

    9:30 am – 10:20 am

    $98 for members’ children / $108 for non-members’ children

    $10 materials fee per child (payable to instructor)

    Instructor: Art To Grow On Children's Art Center, Inc.

    Attention all 15 month to two year olds! This class is just for you! Students will be exposed to a variety of age-appropriate art activities that build Life Essential Skills: Critical Thinking, Independent Learning, Fine-Motor Development, and Curiosity. From our Paint Walls to our Play Dough Station to our weekly lessons, your child’s self-esteem and imagination will soar! Lessons and projects rotate quarterly. Parent attendance is required. Class is limited to 16 participants.

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