Garden events in the San Fernando Valley area, Jan. 12-19



Camellia hybrid Jury’s Yellow. (Photo by BS Thurner Hof/Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported)


Here is a sampling of upcoming garden classes, lectures and events in the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles area.


JAN. 12


Southern California Garden Club – Rose Pruning at the Sepulveda Garden Center: Club members will demonstrate how to prune roses as they do a major pruning activity at the center, 8:30 a.m. Bring gloves, loppers and pruners. 16633 Magnolia Blvd., Encino. 818-361-7873.

Armstrong Garden Centers classes: Two classes: “Rose Pruning and Planting,” 9-10 a.m.; “Fruit Tree Pruning and Planting,” 10:30-11:30 a.m. Locations include: 5816 San Fernando Road, Glendale (818-243-4227); 1515 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge (818-790-2555); 12920 Magnolia Blvd., Sherman Oaks (818-761-1522); 50 Taylor Court, Thousand Oaks (805-497-9223). Check website for other locations.

Cool Camellia Celebration at Descanso Gardens: Event includes various activities including demonstrations on pruning camellias (1 p.m. Jan. 12 and 2 p.m. Jan. 13) and guided walks in the camellia collection (2 p.m. Jan. 12 and 1 and 3 p.m. Jan. 13). The Pacific Camellia Society holds a show, 1-4:30 p.m. Jan. 12-13 ( Descanso Gardens hours: 9 a.m. Jan. 12-13. Admission $9; $6 seniors and students; $4 ages 5-12. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. 818-949-4200.

Woodland Hills Produce Exchange and Seed Library of Los Angeles meeting: 9:30 a.m. Woodland Hills Branch Library, 22200 Ventura Blvd. 818-226-0017.


JAN. 15


Southern California Garden Club’s Specialty Flower Show – Holiday Tables: Designs for fall, winter, spring and patriotic including functional, staged on a counter, miniature table or tray, 11 a.m. Meeting begins with a plant market and country store, 9:30, followed by club business discussion, 10 a.m. Bring your own lunch, noon. Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Blvd., Encino. 818-361-7873.



JAN. 17


Burbank African Violet Society: Wander Penner presents “Tough Love Versus Nurturing Your Violets,” 10 a.m. Little White Chapel Christian Church, 1711 N. Avon St., Burbank. Laura, 661-940-3990.

Ventura County Rose Society: Beekeeper Robin Ghermezi discusses how to attract bees into home gardens and how nectar is made into different kinds of honey, 7 p.m. Doors open for advice on growing roses, 6:30, followed by a little rose show, 7 p.m. Ventura County Office of Education Conference Center, 5100 Adolfo Road, Camarillo. Janet, 818-993-6622; Barbara, 805-499-1657.




CSUN-al Gardening Series – Beekeeping Workshop: Professional beekeeper Keith Roberts discusses the benefits of beekeeping, how to get started in backyard beekeeping and designing a bee-friendly garden, 9-11 a.m. Jan. 19. Free. Request a space in the class through an email bo[email protected] Class location and parking instructions given upon successful registration.

Rose Pruning with the San Fernando Valley Rose Society: The society will show beginners how to prune rose bushes as they do their work, 9 a.m.-noon Jan. 19. Rain does not cancel. Bring clippers, gloves and shears. Minnie Hill Palmer Homestead Acre, Chatsworth Park South, 10385 Shadow Oak Drive, Chatsworth. 818-746-7004.

Theodore Payne Foundation classes: “Lawn to Garden Design Basics,” a walk and talk with Flora Ito, 9 a.m. Jan. 19 ($25); “Firewise Gardening: Groundcovers,” with Orchid Black, 1:30 p.m. Jan. 19 ($30); “Right Plant, Right Place,” with Lili Singer, 1:30 p.m. Feb. 2 ($35). Reservations required. 10459 Tuxford St., Sun Valley. 818-768-1802.




Adamson House and Malibu Lagoon Museum: Guided tours of the house, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Garden tour, 10 a.m. Friday. Admission $7; $2 ages 6-16; cash only. 23200 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. 310-456-8432.

Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve: Park hours: sunrise-sunset daily. The Jane S. Pinheiro Interpretive Center hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday during the season and special events. Wildflower hotline: 661-724-1180. Admission $10 per vehicle. No dogs on trails. 15101 Lancaster Road (from Highway 14, go 15 miles west off of Avenue I exit, road becomes Lancaster Road). Call ahead to confirm center hours. 661-946-6092.

Conejo Valley Botanical Garden: Specialty gardens include bird habitat, butterfly, desert, rare fruit, herb, orchard and tranquility. Hours: sunrise-sunset daily. Closed on July 4; heavy rain and if trails are muddy (trails may be muddy for several days after rain). Children’s garden: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. 400 W. Gainsborough Road, Thousand Oaks. 805-494-7630.

Descanso Gardens: Specialty gardens include ancient forest, California natives, camellias, Japanese, lilacs, oak forest and rose. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (except closed on Christmas). Admission $9; $6 seniors and students; $4 ages 5-12. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. 818-949-4200.

Gardens of the World: Specialty gardens include English perennial, French, Italian, Japanese, mission courtyard and rose. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Closed on major holidays. Free. 2001 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 805-557-1135.

The Getty Center: Tours of grounds and the Central Garden. Check website for hours. Free admission. Parking $15. Getty Center Drive at North Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles. 310-440-7300.

Huntington Botanical Gardens: Specialty gardens include Australian, children’s, Chinese, desert, herb, Japanese, palm and rose. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except closed on Tuesdays. Closed on New Year’s Day, July 4, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Admission $25/$29; $21/$24 ages 65 and older and ages 12-18; $13 ages 4-11 (first price is weekday; second is weekend). 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. 626-405-2100.

The Japanese Garden: Stroll through the “dry” Zen meditation and the “wet” gardens. Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Guided tours by advance reservation Monday-Thursday mornings. Call to check for unscheduled closures; closed if it rains 24 hours before opening and during open hours; closed on all Los Angeles city holidays. Admission $5; $3 for ages 62 and older and ages 11 and younger. 6100 Woodley Ave., Van Nuys. 818-756-8166.

Lake Shrine Meditation Gardens: Check website for rules of conduct. Hours: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; noon-4:30 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays, major holidays and heavy rain conditions. 17190 Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades. 310-454-4114.

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden: Specialty gardens include aquatic, herb, perennial, rose, southern Californian landscapes, rainbow serpent, water conservation and a tropical greenhouse. Historical section includes the Queen Anne Cottage and Santa Anita Depot. Hours: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily except closed on Christmas. Admission $9; $6 for ages 62 and older and students; $4 for ages 5-12. Tram tour: noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; $5. 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. 626-821-3222.

Send listings at least two weeks in advance to [email protected] 818-713-3708.


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