From Butterfly Hub to Gardening for Your Dining Table

Aug 6, 2017

It’s never too early to grab your calendar and start planning for fall classes at the Arboretum. From Creating Your Own Butterfly Hub and Plant Combinations for Pots to Garden Rocks, Beekeeping: A Symbiotic Relationship, and Gardening for Your Dining Table, the Arboretum offers numerous ways to pump up your garden, all the way to the plate in front of you.

Master Gardener and Hometown Pasadena contributor Yvonne Savio leads a field trip to the marvelous Altadena Community Garden on October 5. Landscape designer Laramee Haynes instructs how to pair a plant with a pot—and what really lasts in pots (key, very key) and folks from CJs Organic Farm comes to share how to urban homestead a small plot of land, and grow enough to feed the whole family.


Plant Information 2017: 1st Wednesdays of the month, 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m., Palm Room

Frank McDonough, Instructor
Every first Wednesday of the month at 1:30 p.m., Arboretum Plant Information Consultant Frank McDonough covers current horticultural topics including landscaping, gardening, design, water-saving strategies and other pertinent topics. Frank also highlights the most interesting plant and gardening questions of the hundreds he receives every month and talks about the latest pests and diseases that threaten our gardens and landscapes.

Begins Wednesday, September 6th.

Cost: Free for members / Free for non-members (with Arboretum admission).


Photo credit: LA County Arboretum.


Creating Your Own Butterfly Hub: Saturday, Sept. 30, noon-3 p.m.

Instructor: Arboretum Gardener Bryan Burks
Come check out what kind of butterflies are flying around the Arboretum as we tour our new butterfly hubs. You will also learn how to create a butterfly hub in your own garden.

Cost: $25 Arboretum members / $35 non-members (Includes Arboretum Admission). To register, please call the Education Department at 1.626.821.4623 or pay at the class.


Plant Combinations for Pots: Saturday, Sept. 16; 10 a.m.–noon, Bamboo Room

Instructor: Laramee Haynes
Arranging plants in pots involves the same art and science issues as a large garden. Join Laramee Haynes of Haynes Landscape Design for a fun review of the art of combining plants and what really lasts in pots. Laramee Haynes is a garden designer, landscape contractor and frequent speaker at the Arboretum. Laramee and his company, Haynes Landscape Design, have been designing and building gardens in the Pasadena area for over 15 years.

Cost: $25 Arboretum members / $35 non-members (Includes Arboretum Admission). To register, please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class.



What’s Happening in the Garden 2017: 8 Thursdays, Sept. 14-Nov. 2 (Sept 14, 21, 28, Oct 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov 2 ), 9:30 a.m.—noon, Palm Room

Hosted by Matt-Dell & Rebecca Tufenkian
Each class begins with an open discussion which may or may not include: show & tell, current events, culture tips, pest problems, and introductions of new plants. The class will also include lectures or hands-on workshops from the following speakers.

Cost: $140 for the series / $25 per class (includes Arboretum admission.) To register, please call the Education Department at 1.626.821.4623 or pay at the class.

Sept 14, Nancy Bird – Garden Rocks

Colorful rocks go a long way to adding points of interest to your yard. And you can find them for free on Bureau of Land Management property-our land! Guest speaker, Nancy Bird, will have handouts of the rules, maps, and resources. All 3 types of rocks, sedimentary (for instance sandstone), igneous (volcanic), and metamorphic (one that has changed), will be displayed. Nancy started collecting rocks and plants in her 20’s. She is Past President of 2 Gem & Mineral Societies and the Year Around Garden Club in Whittier, for which she is in charge of horticulture.

Sept 21, Erika WainDecker  – Beekeeping: A Symbiotic Relationship

As we already know, bees play a significant role in our lives, but the relationship between the beekeep and the ladies is one that is seldom explored. Erika WainDecker, co-owner of Klausesbees, will relate her experience of being a “Guardian of the Bee.”



Sept 28, Christine Anthony – Gardening for your Dining Table

Our guest will offer great tips of fall plant and fruit tree choices with an eye towards cooking delicious fall and winter meals. You may remember Christine Anthony from the Arboretum’s Great Tomato Talk and Sale. She is also the Renee’s Garden Seeds rep to The Arboretum and a UCCE Master Gardener, she shares practical tips learned from life long experience in the garden and the kitchen. Please be prepared to share your recipe ideas and gardening tips with one and all, too.

Oct 5, Field Trip to Altadena Comm. Garden with Yvonne Savio (MUST PREREGISTER!)

The Altadena Community Garden was established on the site of the former Mt. Lowe Military Academy through the cooperation of diverse community interests – homeowners, park devotees, equestrians, tennis advocates, and political leaders. Join us for a tour of this historic garden and then gather with us as we share Fall Planting ideas in the garden with our own Yvonne Savio, former head of the UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program.

Oct 12, Sherry Tobin – The Arboretum’s Propagation Greenhouses

Unless you are an Arboretum Volunteer, you may never have met Plant Nursery Worker/Manager/Goddess Sherry Tobin. Join us as she welcomes us to the Arboretum’s Propagation Greenhouses – not open to the public. She will share some of her propagation techniques and plants that are being grown especially for the Arboretum’s collections.



Oct 19, Matt-Dell Tufenkian – Invasion Biology and Other Gardening Philosophies

Invasion biology is a scientific discipline that studies the human transport and introduction of species throughout the world, as well as the subsequent spread of these species and their health, economic, and environmental impacts. This theory has inspired many gardeners to strictly limit their plant choices or change their gardening habits in an effort to be more environmentally correct, but what happens when gardening philosophies clash?

Oct 26, Jose & Carrie Hernandez – Urban Homesteading

Our guest speakers for this week run their own Urban Homestead, CJ’s Organic Farm. They will share some of the various techniques they use (composting; worm castings; hydroponics/aquaponics; companion planting; ponds, and hoopoes construction) to make their small plot of land support their family and grow sellable produce that they bring to local farmers markets and CSA boxes.

Nov 2, Nick Hummingbird – Hahamongna Nursery

Hahamongna Cooperative Nursery is an invaluable asset to the Arroyo Seco and Southern California, providing low-cost native plants for restoration, conservation and park uses. Nick Hummingbird is the Hahamongna Nursery Manager. Nick has worked on the Channel Islands doing large-scale habitat restoration with the National Park Service and also received training from Theodore Payne Foundation and Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden in Claremont.


Nick Hummingbird at Hahamongna Nursery; photo via


Separately offered by “What’s Happening in Gardening” hosts:
Thursdays 11/9 & 11/16, SUCCULENT WREATH CLASSES

Special fee: $45
Pre-registration Required: please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class
Looking for a new centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table? Come to our class and make your own. Succulent wreaths are fun to make and a beautiful addition to any home decor. During this hands-on class, we will make our own wreaths just in time for them to grow in and look even more lush for the Holidays. (Materials fee is included in the class tuition.)


LA County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia 91007. Ph: 1.626.821.3222.










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