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‘Greener Gardens: Sustainable Garden Practice’ starts Monday Evening, March 31 at UCLA Extension.   It is still possible to register for this class.  This class will meet at The Learning Garden at Venice High School, not at UCLA.

I teach this class with co-instructor David King.  People who take this class will get the benefit of the breadth of experience that each of us brings to sustainability in the garden.  This class fulfills an elective for the certificate programs in both Horticulture and Global Sustainability.

We’ll be covering sustainable design, soils,  swales and earthworks,  appropriate use of greywater and rainwater harvesting, along with the basics of native and drought-tolerant planting.  All aspects of sustainable backyard food will be addressed.

Following is a quote from the UCLA Extension website:

“Sustainability is today’s buzzword and many people seek to create a lifestyle with a more favorable impact on the environment. From home and school gardens, to commercial sites, our gardens present the perfect place to start. Designed for horticulture students, gardening professionals, educators, and home gardeners, this course focuses on turning your green thumb into a “greener” garden. Topics include composting, irrigation, water harvesting, water wise plants, eating and growing local produce, recycling, and moving away from a consumptive, non-sustainable lifestyle when choosing materials and tools. … “

I’m pleased to teaching this class for the fifth year with David.  He is the founder of the Seed Library of Los Angeles and the Gardenmaster of The Learning Garden.  He teaches for both UCLA Extension and for the Master Gardeners, as well as frequently lecturing and writing about gardening.  He blogs at LA Garden Blog.

Here’s a link to UCLA Extension page for the class, which is still open:

https://www.uclaextension.edu/pages/Course.aspx?cn=X+498.10&dc=BIOLGY&Online=False

Hummingbird at Fountain

Hummingbird at Fountain  2012 Orchid Black

I will be reprising my lecture on water saving strategies a the At Home with Natives 2013: Sustaining California with Native Gardens  Symposium sponsored by the Orange County CNPS tomorrow, Saturday, October 19,
at Saddleback College, Health Sciences Building, Room 145, 8 to 4:30

Here’s what they wrote about my talk: Water in our Gardens, Saving, Storing, Using:

“We’ll examine swales and earthworks meant to keep water on site, conserving both water and topsoil, appropriate rainwater harvesting and storage, some thoughts about greywater– and a quick look at Orchid’s view on practical irrigation..”

I get to share the stage and a panel later in the day with the following wonderful people: Speaking will be Guy Stivers, Lili Singer, Abe Sanchez, Mike Evans and also on the panel will be Bob Allen, Ron Vanderhoff and  Dan Songster

For more information, look on the Orange County CNPS website.

‘Greener Gardens: Sustainable Garden Practice’ started April 1 at UCLA Extension.   It is still possible to register for this class and attend the second session next Monday.   I teach this class with co-instructor David King.  People who take this class will get the benefit of the breadth of experience that each of us brings to sustainability in the garden.  This class fulfills an elective for the certificate programs in both Horticulture and Global Sustainability.

We’ll be covering sustainable design, soils,  swales and earthworks,  appropriate use of greywater and rainwater harvesting, along with the basics of native and drought-tolerant planting. All aspects of sustainable backyard food will be addressed.

Following is a quote from the UCLA Extension website:

“Sustainability is today’s buzzword and many people seek to create a lifestyle with a more favorable impact on the environment. From home and school gardens, to commercial sites, our gardens present the perfect place to start. Designed for horticulture students, gardening professionals, educators, and home gardeners, this course focuses on turning your green thumb into a “greener” garden. Topics include composting, irrigation, water harvesting, water wise plants, eating and growing local produce, recycling, and moving away from a consumptive, non-sustainable lifestyle when choosing materials and tools. … “

I’m pleased to teaching this class for the fourth year with David.  He is the founder of the Seed Library of Los Angeles and the Gardenmaster of The Learning Garden.    His expertise includes sustainable food gardens.   He teaches for both Extension and for the Master Gardeners, as well as frequently lecturing and writing about gardening. He blogs at The Beautiful Food Garden.

Here’s a link to UCLA Extension page for the class, which is still open:

https://www.uclaextension.edu/r/Course.aspx?cn=X+498.10&dc=BIOLGY

                                                                         Mike Evans

I’m pleased to be once again bringing the “good news”  and the “how to” of natives to Landscape Architects, Designers and LEED Professionals at the LA EXPO , in two seminars with Mike Evans.  Mike is both passionate and practical speaker, and has over 30 years of experience of success with California native plants. I will be focusing on color, with input from Mike, and Mike will be focusing on success using a plant community approach, with my input.  We plan robust discussion to help professionals counter obstacles to using natives in the landscape.

California’s Most Colorful Plants: Designing for Color Throughout the Year

Saturday February 9th – 8:30-10:00 a.m, CEU Accreditation: LA CES, 1.5; LEED, 1.5; APLD, 1.5

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Spring in California is a riot of color, sending photographers to the wildflower meadows and inspiring numerous native garden tours. Surprisingly, some natives bloom almost year-round. Other California plants bloom at different times of the year, whether in January or July. Features such as colorful leaves, berries and stems provide additional interest in Fall and Winter. Creating continuous bloom also helps pollinators thrive, enhancing habitat. This course provides a tour through the most colorful plants in the California native palette with plant descriptions and bloom times, as well as numerous examples of color in the landscape and the most striking color combinations. A descriptive plant list will be made available.

Success with Native Plant Design Using a Plant Community Approach

Saturday February 9th – 10:00 a.m-12:00  p.m., CEU Accreditation: LA CES, 1.5; LEED, 1.5; APLD, 1.5

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Success with California’s native plants depends on more than choosing the showiest native plants and putting them together in the landscape. Choosing a palette of plants based on natural communities and associations of plants is an ecologically sound basis for design, and leads to the most successful, longest-lasting and easiest to maintain landscapes. This course will focus on communities including Chaparral, Riparian/Alluvial Fan, Coastal Sage Scrub, Oak Woodlands, Meadow and Desert and how to match these associations to the micro-climates and soils on your site, as well as to features such as planted bio-swales. The best-looking and most reliable selections from these communities will be discussed. A descriptive plant list and plant community list will be made available.

Beautiful plants available at the Plant Sale include this Baja Fairy Duster
©2012 Orchid Black

Looking for a few good plants? There’s a Plant Sale  Saturday, November 10 at Eaton Canyon, hosted by the San Gabriel Mountains Chapter of CNPS.  The sale runs from 9 am to 2 pm at the Eaton Canyon Nature Center, 1750 Altadena Drive, Pasadena.  There will be native plant experts there to answer questions about the plants and what plants will work in your garden.  For more information or to download the plant list, visit the CNPS-SGM site.  Please note:  Cash and Checks only.

‘Bountiful’ Seaside Daisy at the Plant Sale
Image Shelly Magier

‘Torrey Pines’ Monkeyflower at the Plant Sale
Image Shelly Magier

‘Tecate Gold’ Chuparosa, Justicia californica at the Plant Sale

I will be speaking at the At Home with Natives 2012: Solutions for Nature Friendly Landscaping  Symposium tomorrow, Saturday, October 13,
at Saddleback College, Health Sciences Building, Room 145.

Here’s what they wrote about my talk: Green Native Gardens and Water!

“Must all our rainwater run down the storm drains? Sustainable native garden designs must respect and treat water as the rare life giving element it is. Let’s see ways to keep this valuable resource and even collect it for use:  swales and earthworks that are meant to keep water on site, appropriate rainwater harvesting, and practical irrigation.”

I get to share the stage and a panel later in the day with the following wonderful people: Joshua Link and Aron Nussbaum, Bob Allen, Ron Vanderhoff, Barbara Eisenstein, Barbara Eisenstein, Dan Songster

For more information, look on the Orange County CNPS website.

Front to Back: Penstemon ‘Margarita BOP’, Eriogonum ‘Dana Point’ and Verbena lilacina are all Easy Natives!  © 2011 Orchid Black


I’ll be giving my Easy Native Plants for the Garden talk at the Arboretum as a part of Lili Singer’s wonderful Thursday Garden Talks  series!  Here’s what Lili wrote about the talk:

“Discover a fabulous palette of easy-to-grow California species and cultivars—including beautiful free-flowering plants proven to perform in varied locales and conditions. Beautiful images and live plant materials will be shown.”

Scroll down to this post  for a list of plants that will be discussed.

Thursday, September 20, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Arboretum, 301 North Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia.  Directions here.  Fee: $20

Two weeks later, on October 4, there will be a field trip to three native gardens in the area, including one of my gardens, and two gardens by noted artist Andreas Hessing:
“Our first outing of the season takes us to three beautiful San Gabriel Valley home landscapes that concentrate on native plants, accentuate a sense of place, emphasize sustainable gardening practices and celebrate the pleasures of year-round outdoor living.   The designers will join us on site: Orchid Black in Sierra Madre and Andreas Hessing (www.scrubjaystudios.com ) in Monrovia and Altadena.  Preregistration required.

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