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Gardening Classes


Compost Workshops with L.A. Compost

L.A. Compost is partnering with the Natural History Museum to hold three FREE compost workshops this fall. For more information e-mail 

Composting with Worms
Saturday, November 14 | 9:30 am to 11:00 am
At this workshop you will learn how to set up a home vermicomposting system, care for your worms, harvest their castings, and apply the castings in your garden. Instructor: Jason Sanders, L.A. Compost 

How to Make Compost Tea
Saturday, December 5, 2015 | 9:30 am to 11:00 am
This introductory workshop will teach the benefits of feeding your garden with compost tea. We will brew a small batch of tea with finished compost, and then learn how to apply the tea to your garden. Instructor: Daniel Feldman, NHM 

From the Ground Up: Tips for Water-Wise Gardens  Sunday, October 18 | 9 am - 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 | Nonmembers: $23

ONLINE REGISTRATION HERE. For inquiries, please call 213.763.3499.

After the Lawn – Tips for Designing, Planting, and Maintaining a Beautiful Garden  Sunday, October 25 | 9 am - 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 | Nonmembers: $23

ONLINE REGISTRATION HERE. For inquiries, please call 213.763.3471.

Gardening for the Bees  Sunday, November 8th | 9 am - 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 | Nonmembers: $23

ONLINE REGISTRATION CLICK HERE. For inquiries, please call 213.763.3499

Save Your Water! December 13th | 9am-noon

Drought?! El Nino?! No matter what’s in store, learn how to maintain a water-wise landscape.
L.A. is experiencing one of the worst droughts on record, however a torrent of rain is promised with the arrival of an El Nino weather system. So what do these contradictions mean for our yards? How do we preserve the water we have, no matter how much or how little? In this workshop, learn how to maintain a water-wise landscape that relies on household greywater and rainwater instead of the tap. You will learn the basics of sustainable technologies, bioswales, plus you'll have a chance to roll up your sleeves and build a greywater system in the Museum's Nature Garden. 

Registration will begin in late October.