January 2016


Tom Parker, author of the Field Guide to Manzanitas, with Michael Vasey and Michael Kauffmann, will speak at the Southern California Horticultural Society in Glendale tonight, January 14, at 7:30 pm at the Friendship Auditorium.

The title of his talk is So Many Manzanitas, So Many Little Apples, clearly a joke on Tuesday’s LASMM CNPS talk entitled, So Many Manzanitas, So Little Time. Parker is the lead author for the treatment of the genus Arctostaphylos in both the Jepson Manual, 2nd Ed., and the Flora of North America, so he knows his little apples.

The Field Guide contains beautiful photographs from Jeff Bisbee showing details of leaf, berry, inflorescence, hairs and other key characters that help distinguish between species and subspecies. It will be for sale at the talk.

Friendship Auditorium, 3201 Riverside Drive, Los Angeles, CA  90027

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I’ll be teaching the Three-Part Design Class at The Theodore Payne Foundation starting this Friday, January 8.

Friday, January, 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Theodore Payne Foundation
10459 Tuxford Street, Sun Valley, CA 91352 (map), 818-768-1802

There are a few openings in this  high demand hard-to-get-into class, but there is a prerequisite of their native horticulture class.
Here’s how TPF describes the class:
“This comprehensive  three-session course for home gardeners offers a sound foundation in design styles and process, the importance of sustainability and how to model a garden after patterns in nature. Students will devise a base/plot plan, implementing knowledge of hardscape materials, irrigation, soils and more. Prior to the class, students will complete a preliminary questionnaire and warm-up exercise for their site. In addition, students are asked to bring photos of their site and a baggie of the site’s soil to the first day of class.”

Theodore Payne classes fill up quickly, so you may want to preregister by calling them  at 818-768-1802.

Here is their Calendar.