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Gardening Classes

 

Grow Your Own Vegetables

Sundays, September 13, 20, 27 and October 4 | 1-4:30 pm

Create your own edible garden for fresh organic produce by learning how to: 

1. Create good soil out of your current one
2. What, how, and when to plant
3. How much and how often to add compost and water
4. Manage insect pests and encourage "good bugs"
5. Increase your yield and add variety

INSTRUCTOR: UCCE Master Gardener Florence Nishida

COST:* Members: $100 |  Non-members: $120

*A discounted price of $80 is available for residents living in the following zip codes: 90006, 90007, 90008, 90015, 90016, 90018, 90037, 90062, 90089. Discounts are limited and given out on a first-come, first-served basis. To see if you qualify and whether discounts are still available, please call 213.763.3499

WHERE: Erika J. Glazer Family Edible Garden at NHM

You can register online HERE and for further information (including discount availability) please call us at 213.763.3499

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Gardening for Monarch Butterflies  Sunday, October 4th | 9am - noon

Have you ever wanted to plant a garden for Monarch butterflies? Join Museum experts at this workshop to learn how to grow a home for Monarchs. We will teach you all you need to know about planting a Monarch Waystation. You will also learn how to track your gardens’ success using the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project’s citizen science methods.

You will even get a free plant to kick start your garden!

INSTRUCTORS: NHM Citizen Science and Garden Staff

COST:  Members: $20 | Non-members: $23

ONLINE REGISTRATION will begin in early September. For inquiries please call us at 213.763.3499

From the Ground Up: Tips for Water-Wise Gardens  Sunday, October 18 | 9am - noon

This garden basics class will focus on the importance of soil, irrigation methods and mulch for reducing the water we use on our landscapes.  We will learn:

1. What is healthy soil and why is it important? 
2. How to determine what type of soil you have and how to use compost and amendments to improve it. 
3. The best irrigation methods for what you want to grow. 
4. Hands on experience building a drip irrigation system. 
5. What is mulch and what type is right for your garden?
6. Resources for local materials will be provided. 

Class will begin with a short presentation and then move to the Nature Gardens where we will have hands on experience studying the basics of water wise gardening.   

INSTRUCTOR: Richard Hayden- Head Gardener of the NHM Nature Gardens

COST: Members: $20 | Non-members: $23

ONLINE REGISTRATION HERE or via phone please call us at 213.763.3499.

After the Lawn – Tips for Designing, Planting, and Maintaining a Beautiful Garden  Sunday, October 25 | 9am - noon

If you have already removed a water-guzzling lawn or are thinking about doing so, what comes next? In this workshop, we will explore:

1. New ways to use the former lawn space
2. Some of the best water-thrifty plants for LA gardens
3. Planting nuts and bolts, from shopping to ideal planting season to planting techniques
4. How to care for your newly planted garden

After a slide presentation, we will venture outdoors for a hands on planting party in the Nature Gardens. 

INSTRUCTOR: Carol Bornstein- Director of the Nature Gardens and co-author of Reimagining the California Lawn:Water-conserving Plants, Practices, and Designs as well as California Native Plants for the Garden

COST: Members: $20 | Non-members: $23

ONLINE REGISTRATION HERE or via phone please call us at 213.763.3471.

Gardening for the Bees  Sunday, November 8th | 9am - noon

Have you ever wanted to plant a garden for bees and other pollinators? Join Museum experts at this workshop to learn how to grow a home for pollinators in your yard. We’ll teach you all you need to know about growing a pollinator garden and how you can track its success using the Great Sunflower Project’s citizen science methods.

You will even get a free plant to kick start your garden!

INSTRUCTORS: NHM Citizen Science and Garden Staff

COST: Members: $20 | Non-members: $23

ONLINE REGISTRATION will begin in early September. For inquiries please call us at 213.763.3499