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Sun, 8/3 8:00am

1st Sunday of the month

Are you interested in birds? Please join the Palos Verdes/South Bay Audubon Society as we tour the garden in search of the birds of the garden. Bird walks are a great way to learn to identify birds.

No experience is required, but binoculars are recommended. Walks
start at 8:00 and finish around 11:00.

The group meets in the Courtyard and then heads out into the Garden.


Sun, 8/3 1:00pm

Join us for a fun afternoon with musical performances by Latin Grammy Award winners Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band and local artist Heidi Swedberg and the Sukey Jump Band.  Feel free to bring a picnic and blanket for a wonderful day of family fun. 

Event Hours: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Concert Set Times:  2:00 pm - Heidi Swedberg and the Sukey Jump Band
                                3:30 pm - Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band

Cost: Concert is FREE with paid Garden admission. Free for members. 

**First 500 children admitted will receive a Free Admission ticket to the Queen Mary** 

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Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band: 

2013 LATIN GRAMMY WINNERS!  Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band have been crowned the very first, and only Americans to win a Latin GRAMMY in the Children’s Album category! 

Slated to appear on the EMMY award winning PBS show ‘Friday Zone’ starting this fall- - husband and wife duo Lucky Diaz and Alisha Gaddis have been named ‘THE face of kindie music’ by the Washington Post, ‘SUPERSTARS’ by Red Tricycle, ‘The Rolling Stones of Kids Music’ by the Style Network, and PEOPLE Magazine called their album “The #1 in COOLEST kids music!”  

The fresh indie pop-rock beat have been featured by NPR’s ‘All Things Considered,’ USA Today, on Univision, Sprout TV, American Airlines and more!

Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band is an all-star group that lights up the stage with their many #1 Sirius XM Kids Place Live hits.  


Heidi Swedberg and The Sukey Jump Band: Let’s PLAY!

Actress/musician/educator Heidi Swedberg (her film credits include Seinfeld, Galaxy Quest, Kindergarten Cop) loves to share the joy of music with people of all ages. She and her partner, Daniel Ward believe in the incredible power that being a music producer (not just passive consumer) can bring to all people. As Heidi says, “We all have a song in our soul to share.”

Musical partner Daniel Ward brings his incredible expertise on the strings to the band, giving the ukulele a new dimension. His skills as a flamenco guitarist and all-around great guitarist play against Heidi's storytelling skills. They play music from around the world, focusing on the folk traditions with a healthy helping of pop and jazz.  Heidi, Daniel, and an assortment of guest musicians perform concerts for all ages. Heidi also teaches ukulele workshops in and around Los Angeles and performs at ukulele festivals internationally. Heidi contributed to the 2012 Grammy-award winning album All About Bullies Big and Small, and released her first album Play in 2009. Her second all-ages music release (September 2013) is My Cup of Tea.

What Is a Sukey Jump? 

Heidi and her band create a Play Party where folks of all ages gather together to make fun by singing songs and moving their bodies. The smallest of children to the most revered of citizens can enjoy singing songs, playing instruments and dancing together with music that take us back to our roots, wherever we may be from.  As Heidi says of the shows, “Entertainment takes a back seat to fun. What's the difference? One is a product to be consumed and the other a production to participate in! Bring yourself, your little ones and your elders. We all can enjoy singing songs from around the world and moving together in an hour of the dazzling, unplugged song and dance we call life.” 

For questions, please contact Guest Services at (310) 544-1948.  


Mon, 8/4 7:00pm

The Palos Verdes Begonia Society meets the first Monday of the month, at South Coast Botanic Garden, with the exception of July and September.  They will meet on the second Monday. 

For additional information contact society president Carol Knight at (310) 833-3466.


Mon, 8/4 7:30pm

The California Native Plant Society - South Coast Chapter meets on the1st Monday of month of the month. For info call David Berman @ (310) 833-4377. 


Wed, 8/6 9:00am

Volunteer group that meets every Wednesday and makes crafts for our Gift Shop.

To join please contact Vicky at (310) 544-1508 or


Wed, 8/6 3:00pm


Location: Classroom B
Cost: Class is FREE with paid Garden admission
Instructor: Water Replenishment District of Southern California

June 11. 2014 - Facebook Event: Eco Gardening Concepts

This class will show participants the importance of implementing a design program when installing or renovating their garden. The class focuses on design concepts and ideas for creating a water efficient garden, including selection of plants and materials.

June 25, 2014 - Facebook Event: Edible Gardening for Beginners

This class is designed to teach homeowners the importance of a sustainable living. Participants learn about seasonal crops and nutrition. Promote a healthy living while beautifying the garden.  

July 9, 2014 - Facebook Event: Garden Design Features

This class will teach participants how to conduct a thorough site analysis, develop accurate plot plans, and effectively use overlays and construction details. These topics are essential when designing a
green and healthy garden.

July 23, 2014 - Facebook Event: Drought Tolerant Plants

This class is designed to teach homeowners the importance of using less water and drought tolerant plant materials in their gardens. Homeowners will become familiar with various trees, shrubs, and groundcovers that are readily available and well suited for water efficient gardens.

August 6, 2014 - Facebook Event: Drip & Sprinkler Care

This class is designed to introduce residents to new technology that allows for more accurate control of irrigation schedules. With the advent of Smart Controllers, residents have the ability to follow weather patterns that affect their gardens and landscapes. Different products are shown including ways to retrofit including drip system.

August 20, 2014 - Facebook Event: Eco Garden Care

It will provide the participants with an understanding of plant care and maintenance that they can use in their garden to make it more water efficient. Over 50 plants are id from California Natives to Drought Tolerant Plants. Eco friendly fertilizing is emphasized.


Sat, 8/9 10:00am

The California Rare Fruit Growers meets the second Satruday of the month at South Coast Botanic Garden.

The following meeting swill be held in the Koi Pond: April 12th, June 14th and Sept 13th. 

For additional information contact John Baskett at (310) 707-3903 or Carolyn Buchman (310) 370-7894.


Sun, 8/10 12:30pm
Facebook Event: Here
Location: Upper Meadow
Cost: $25 for Adults, $15 for Children (Ages 5-17)

Kick-off the Football Season and join with other USC Trojan supporters at the inaugural TrojanFest, a collaboration between the Trojan Club of San Pedro-Peninsula, Marshall Partners, the Alumni Club of the L.A. Beach Cities, Trojan League of South Bay, Young Alumni Council, and many more. Bring the whole family for a fun-filled day with the Trojan Marching Band, Traveler, student athletes, and Trojans from across the South Bay. Kids will have a blast with games and activities while you connect with fellow alumni and friends. 

Take advantage of your entrance ticket and explore the South Coast Botanic Garden at your leisure. There will be plenty of free parking and food, wine, and beer will be available for purchase. Family-friendly pricing for a Trojan Family-friendly day.


Sun, 8/10 1:30pm

The Cactus & Succulent Society meets the second Sunday of the month.

Brian Kemble will present “Treasures of the Sierra Madre: A Trip through Mexico’s Sierra Madre Oriental.” Kemble is Curator of the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, CA, and has grown succulents since the 70’s.  He has made more than 20 trips to Mexico, and will share photos of cacti, agaves, echeverias, yuccas, and other wonderful plants that he has found in habitat.

Lecture is at 1:30 PM,

For additional information contact society president Dale La Forest at (310) 618-9886 and visit


Mon, 8/11 9:30am

The South Coast Fuchsia Society meets the second Monday of the month at South Coast Botanic Garden.

For additional information contact Marsha Hopwood at (310) 374-3255