Organic Gardening & a Passion for Camellias

Jan 12, 2015

PacCamShow1We have a dear friend who’s always thrilled as a puppy when she’s getting around to prepping her garden boxes, and also while planting her tomatoes, lettuces, and peppers. From that point on, though, the fun, glee, and results go downhill.

Want to “get the best results from your home garden the natural way”? Horticulturist and radio personality Mike Brown offers a 3-week workshop at Descanso Gardens beginning January 17th. Each hour and a half session will include a lecture and hands-on practice.

Learn about composting, soil preparation, choosing plants and designing a sustainable garden. Participants should bring gardening gloves.


Organic Gardening Workshop
Saturday, Jan. 17th-31st, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge 91011
Cost: $15, members per class/$40 for series; $20, non-members/$55 for series
Advance registration recommended
Visit BrownPaperTickets or phone 818.949.7980


Watercolor by Beth Jones

Watercolor by Beth Jones




The Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California and the Pacific Camellia Society illustrate their passion for camellias at this 2-day botanical art exhibit, which also includes a camellia display by Nuccio’s Nurseries and judging.

A Passion for Camellias
Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 17th-18th, times vary
Descanso Gardens, Van de Kamp Hall
1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge 91011
For details, visit Camellia Societies of SoCal FB event page


The Pacific Camellia Society welcomes everyone who loves the flower to join their club. PCS meets on the first Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m. from October through April at Descanso Gardens presenting discussions led by camellia experts, advising on horticultural issues, and offering advance information on events. Yearly membership: $15 per household. For details, visit


C. japonica, "The Czar"

C. japonica, “The Czar”


Photo of Japonica camellia (above) by Melburnian (Own work (digital photograph by author)) [GFDL ( or CC BY 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons



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