SpringTopia & Buffalo Migration

Apr 28, 2014

11-gilia-detail_MG_7180-1100x600Can you imagine the music created by a band called Earthworm Ensemble? Or Swinging Eight Balls? Panjive?

Earthworm Ensemble was started by Shawn and Sherri Nourse and their 3-year-old son Nolan. This family trio has been joined by Paul Lacques of I See Hawks in L.A., Victoria Jacobs, and Denny Moynahan. Instruments used:  fiddles, mandolins, guitars, horns, steel, and the jaw harp. Subject matter:  ladybugs, raising chickens, buffalo migration, composting and recycling, and taking the train to the farmers’ markets.

Swinging 8 Balls, on the other hand, is rather straightforward; they are a rockabilly band, while Panjive is “a smooth blend of calypso, reggae, ska, Latin, and contemporary.”

These sounds and more may be experienced and enjoyed at the Arboretum’s 2014 SpringTopia during the weekend of May 3-4.

Earthworm Ensemble (official photo)

Earthworm Ensemble (official photo)

Visitors may join a bird walk with Audubon Society members and be led through the Wildflowering L.A. meadow by artist and sustainable agricultural consultant Leigh Adams. Timothy Phillips created “the unique outdoor garden of plants from Madagascar” and will give a tour, highlighting the Madagascar tulip tree, pachypodium, kalanchoe, and the Mouse Trap tree. See the best roses for growing in our Southern California climate on a tour with Jill Morganelli or learn about growing veggies while being led through Arboretum gardener Tom Moure’s organic Garden for All Seasons.

“Loquats to Pomegranates – Creating Backyard Orchards” will be led by Frank McDonough and award-winning author Carol Bornstein will speak on Reimagining the California Lawn.

Mouse Trap tree; photo by James Henrich/Pacific Horticulture Society

Mouse Trap tree; photo by James Henrich/Pacific Horticulture Society

Kids may explore the Arboretum with their own field guide, make seed balls (clay, compost, and sunflower seeds), make paper butterflies and bookmarks, and join the Arboretum’s Great Sunflower Project for counting pollinators.

Don’t forget to take a walk through the wildflower meadow.

You can roam through nearly an acre of colorful tidy tips, clarkias, California poppies, lupine, yarrow, and needle grass.…It’s a natural happiness machine. (

SpringTopia 2014
Saturday and Sunday, May 3rd & 4th, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
L.A. Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia 91007
Cost of admission:  $4-$9
For complete details, visit

Photo credit:  Leo Jarzomb/San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Photo credit: Leo Jarzomb/San Gabriel Valley Tribune


Photo credit:  L.A. Arboretum

Photo credit: L.A. Arboretum




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