Making Hypertufa – Are You In?

Dec 22, 2013

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Following is text provided by The Arboretum about their upcoming hypertufa pot workshop:
Old stone sinks and animal troughs have been used to grow plants for many years. Today, they are scarce and very expensive. But now, we can make them from hypertufa, an artificial medium with absorbent properties similar to tufa rock. It is lighter than regular concrete, and will not be damaged by freezing after it is completely cured. You will be making a hypertufa planting pot! Hypertufa, a mixture of cement, coir peat and pearlite molded to resemble tufa or crumbling granite, is a fun process for creating “instant antiquities” for the garden.

You will start with a small bowl or trough to illustrate the techniques so you can make larger pieces at home with confidence. All materials are provided, but wear comfortable clothes and a hat, and bring water.  Be prepared to have fun and get dirty!

This class is so popular that Steve has presented it at the Arboretum AT LEAST 20 times (we have lost count).


Steve Gerischer, an award winning landscape designer, teacher, current president of the Southern California Horticulture Society and board member of Pacific Horticulture Society, has been gardening locally in the Los Angeles area since childhood. He now divides his time between creating landscapes with his company, Larkspur Garden Design, and lecturing on a wide range of topics relating to gardening in Southern California.

Saturday, Jan. 11th, 10 a.m.-noon
L.A. County Arboretum, Ayres Hall & Driveway
301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia 91007
Cost: $30, members; $35 non-members
Pre-registration required; call 626.821.4623




1 Response for “Making Hypertufa – Are You In?”

  1. This is – by far – the best and most enjoyable class I have ever taken anywhere (although some fab cooking classes are a close second). Steve is a great teacher, personable and funny. The end product is perfect for plantscapes – light, lasting, attractive, with a vintage charm that suits our local neighborhoods. Highly recommended!



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