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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


Tue, 8/12 7:30pm

The South Bay Epiphyllum Society meets on the 2nd Tuesday of month.
For info call Dick Kohlschreiber @ (310) 833-6823

Wed, 8/13 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, 8/13 4:00pm
Don't miss our biggest Members-Only event of the year. To properly showcase the work accomplished last year and the exciting trajectory from here, we've prepared an elegant affair in a reinvention of our traditional meetings in the past. 
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4:00 pm - Reception
6:00 pm - Meeting and Dinner
The reception will be held in the iconic Rose Garden with hors d'oeuvres, wine and demonstrations by Chef Derek Brandon Walker, Flower Duet and a Meet and Greet with Deborah Richie-Bray, designer of the new Rose Garden!
The meeting and Dinner will occur on the Upper Meadow with Dinner catered by Misto Caffe & Bakery, with deserts by Two's a Party and BabyCakes Baking Company
Tickets required for reception and dinner for $35.00 per person
Please RSVP by August 1st.
Please contact Guest Services for tickets - 

(310) 544-1948


Wed, 8/13 5:30pm

Dates: June 11, 25, July 23, August 13
Location: Classroom A
Cost: $45 members / $55 non-members – Prices per Workshop
$15 materials fee (payable to instructor)
Instructor: Jenifer Lynn of Jen's Jewels

Jen has been in the jewelry making business for the last 11 years, and has been a silversmith for the last 8 years. She has made thousands of pieces of jewelry for Sundance Catalog and has wire-wrapped over a million gem stones. Jen currently sells in the Gift Shop here at the South Coast Botanic Garden along with several other boutiques and Crafted Port of LA.

Learn how to wire wrap gemstones with Jen of Jen's Jewels. Jen will give you step by step instructions on how to wire wrap briolettes and center drilled stones to create a multi gemstone necklace! You get to choose from many color and stone options to make your necklace more personalized. You will learn 2 wire wrapping techniques that will allow you to either find the hobby you have been looking for, or help you expand your jewelry making skills.
Registration for this class is required 48-hours in advance of class start date. Please contact Guest Services to reserve the class.


Fri, 8/15 7:00pm

The South Bay Orchid Society meets the thrid Friday of the month at South Coast Botanic Garden.

For additional information call Marla Corey at (310) 833-1918


Wed, 8/20 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, 8/20 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.


Sun, 8/24 10:00am

The South Coast Bonsai Association meets the 4th Sunday of each month, with the exception of December.

For additional information contact society president Jack Upston at (310) 346-1915