Crescent Farm Series

Mar 7, 2017

One of our all-time favorite places, The Arboretum, continues its Crescent Farm Series on March 11. One Saturday a month through June 2017, Crescent Farm staff lead workshops dubbed an “educational training series.” Learn about ancient and new horticultural techniques for water conservation and food production at the Farm, which is just west of Baldwin Lake and is considered “reclaimed landscape.”

Learn about wildflower meadows, creating a superior home garden for bees, birds, and butterflies, and how to weave your bio-mass. (Hmmm, sorry, what’s that? Bio-mass = plant waste. We had no idea.)

These workshops are free for Arboretum members and for non-members they are the cost of admission.

Remember: bring gardening gloves, a hat and some water, and wear close-toed shoes.


Photo: LA Arboretum


March 11 – California Meadow
Spend a spring morning in a beautiful meadow at Crescent Farm! Last November we demonstrated how to plant a California-friendly wildflower meadow as a lawn alternative and in this workshop we explore its progression. Plant identification, habitat building and meadow maintenance will be discussed.

April 22 – Pollinators
Crescent Farm provides amazing habitat where our local fauna thrives. In the design and development phases of building Crescent Farm special consideration was given to plant selection and how these plants establish superior homes for native bees, birds and butterflies. Introducing pollinators into your yard adds interest, photo and learning opportunities for the whole family.

May 20 – Weaving / Basketry
Learn to use your bio-mass (plant waste) to create garden structures. Simple weaving techniques can use leaves as cordage, branches as trellises, tomato cages, shade shelters, and various long lasting leaves as weavers. Design and build compost structures, plant guards and soil traps in your own Crescent Garden.

June 17 – Crescent Farm Horticulture
Explore horticulture at Crescent Farm. Tour our choices for low water lawn alternatives, California native ethnobotanic plants of our local indigenous tribes, arid climate orchard trees and native wildflowers! Get ideas for your home landscape from our New California Landscape. Growing tips will also be discussed.

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Lawn alternatives. Photo: LA Arboretum.


California wildflower, nightshade.


Water harvesting techniques. Boys & Girls Club interns learn “lasagna mulching.” Photo: LA Arboretum.



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