Garden events in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, Feb. 14-21


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Green thumb or not, it’s fun to learn about plants whether it’s at a garden class or a visit to a botanic garden.


FEB. 15


Theodore Payne Foundation classes: Two classes:Native Plant Flashcard Workshop,” Lili Singer discusses how to get the most out of your “Native Plants for Southern California Gardens” flashcard deck, 10 a.m. (free class). Flashcards are required to attend the class and are available for purchase online, $17, and before the class; “Propagating Native Plants from Divisions,” with Tim Becker, 10 a.m. ($40). Reservations required. 10459 Tuxford St., Sun Valley. 818-768-1802.


FEB. 18


Miniature Floral Design: Linda Lang discusses and demonstrates the topic at a meeting of the Southern California Garden Club, 11 a.m. The meeting begins with a plant market and plant specimen display, 9:30; business meeting, 10; club member Rosemary Ecker discusses “Pollinator Garden Excitement,” 10:30 a.m. Bring your own lunch, noon. Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Blvd., Encino. 818-361-7873.


FEB. 20


Hybridizing Your African Violets: Guest speaker Stephen Covolo, an African Violet Society of America judge and a member of the Central California African Violet Society, discusses the topic at a meeting of the Burbank African Violet Society, 10 a.m. Little White Chapel Christian Church, parish hall, 1711 N. Avon St. 323-236-0104.




Winter Plant Sale at Theodore Payne Foundation: 8:30-4:30 p.m. Feb. 21-22. 10459 Tuxford St., Sun Valley. 818-768-1802.

Produce Exchange & Seed Library: Share backyard produce, 9:30 a.m. Feb. 22, followed by gardening tips. Woodland Hills Branch Library, 22200 Ventura Blvd. 818-226-0017.

Spring Gardening: Master Gardener and author Christy Wilhelmi discusses the topic, 11 a.m. Feb. 22. Wilhelmi will sign “Gardening for Geeks” following the talk. Fig Earth Supply, 3577 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. 323-224-3938.;

Wildflower Hotline – Theodore Payne Foundation: The recorded hotline is scheduled to begin on March 6. 818-768-1802, Ext. 7.

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve: Wildflower bloom is mid-March through April, according to the website (varies per year). The Jan S. Pinheiro Interpretive Center is open from March 1 to Mother’s Day (May 10 this year). Hours of the reserve: sunrise-sunset daily. Rules include: stay on official trails; no wildflower picking; no drones; no dogs except service dogs (recommended to have distinguishing marker on service dog). Parking $10. 15101 Lancaster Road, Lancaster. Poppy Reserve Hotline: 661-724-1180.




Adamson House and Malibu Lagoon Museum: Guided tours of the house, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Garden tour, 10 a.m. Friday. Admission $7; $2 ages 6-16; cash only. 23200 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. 310-456-8432.

Conejo Valley Botanical Garden: Specialty gardens include bird habitat, butterfly, desert, rare fruit, herb, orchard and tranquility. Hours: sunrise-sunset daily. Closed on July 4; heavy rain and if trails are muddy (trails may be muddy for several days after rain). Children’s garden: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. 400 W. Gainsborough Road, Thousand Oaks. 805-494-7630.

Descanso Gardens: Specialty gardens include ancient forest, California natives, camellias, Japanese, lilacs, oak forest and rose. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (except closed on Christmas). Admission $9; $6 seniors and students; $4 ages 5-12. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. 818-949-4200.

Gardens of the World: Specialty gardens include English perennial, French, Italian, Japanese, mission courtyard and rose. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Closed on major holidays. Free. 2001 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 805-557-1135.

The Getty Center: Tours of grounds and the Central Garden. Check website for hours. Free admission. Parking $20; $15 after 3 p.m. Getty Center Drive at North Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles. 310-440-7300.

Huntington Botanical Gardens: Specialty gardens include Australian, children’s, Chinese, desert, herb, Japanese, palm and rose. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except closed on Tuesdays. Closed on New Year’s Day, July 4, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Admission $25/$29; $21/$24 ages 65 and older and ages 12-18; $13 ages 4-11 (first price is weekday; second is weekend). 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. 626-405-2100.

The Japanese Garden: Stroll through the “dry” Zen meditation and the “wet” gardens. Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Guided tours by advance reservation Monday-Thursday mornings. Call to check for unscheduled closures; closed if it rains 24 hours before opening and during open hours; closed on all Los Angeles city holidays. Admission $5; $3 for ages 62 and older and ages 12 and younger (cash only). 6100 Woodley Ave., Van Nuys. 818-756-8166.

Lake Shrine Meditation Gardens: Check website for rules of conduct. Hours: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; noon-4:30 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays, major holidays and heavy rain conditions. 17190 Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades. 310-454-4114.

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden: Specialty gardens include aquatic, herb, perennial, rose, southern Californian landscapes, rainbow serpent, water conservation and a tropical greenhouse. Historical section includes the Queen Anne Cottage and Santa Anita Depot. Hours: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily except closed on Christmas. Admission $9; $6 for ages 62 and older and students; $4 for ages 5-12. Tram tour: noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; $5. 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. 626-821-3222.

Send listings at least two weeks in advance to 818-713-3708.


Garden events in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, Feb. 14-21