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Curator’s Cupboards

These special weekend events are your chance to meet members of our curatorial team, ask your own questions, and get a first-hand, up-close look at many amazing curiosities of our collections.
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Do You Want To Start Your Own Veggie Garden?

NHM's master gardener Florence Nishida explains why we should start our own healthy vegetable garden at home. Fall gardening classes start soon, part of our new and expanded Workshops program! 
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From the Ground Up:
Building a Backyard for the City

Citizen Science Manager Lila Higgins is tracking the latest and greatest developments in the Museum’s new outdoor habitat, the Nature Gardens!
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NHM workshops provide you with hands-on experiences and relevant skills. Enjoy your time at the Museum in our beautiful new garden spaces while also learning something new!


Compost Workshops with LA Compost October 3 | November 14 | December 5

L.A. Compost is partnering with the Natural History Museum to hold three FREE compost workshops this fall. ONLINE REGISTRATION HERE.  For more information email 

Basics of Backyard Composting
Saturday, October 3 | 9:30AM to 11:00AM
In this introduction to compost workshop you will learn what bin works best for you, where to locate your bin, what to put into your bin (and what to avoid), how to maintain your bin, troubleshooting, and harvesting. Instructor: Michael Martinez of LA Compost 

Composting with Worms
Saturday, November 14 | 9:30AM to 11:00AM
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 of LA Compost 

How to Make Compost Tea
Saturday, December 5, 2015 | 9:30AM to 11:00AM
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 | Non-members: $23

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

Eat Like a Pharaoh  Sunday, October 18 | 1 pm - 4 pm

Explore the art of ancient Egyptian cuisine with a workshop led by Maite Gomez-Rejon of ArtBites.  Learn the significance of wheat, fruits and vegetables in the ancient world. Prepare garden fresh salads and sweet treats with ingredients once used by pharaohs, but today harvested in NHM's Gardens. Let’s eat like royalty!  

INSTRUCTOR: Maite Gomez-Rejon of ArtBites

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

Online REGISTRATION CLICK HERE.  For inquiries please call us at 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 L.A. 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 contact us via phone at 213.763.3499.

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

FOR ONLINE REGISTRATION CLICK HERE. For inquiries please call us at 213.763.3499