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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 gardner 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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Workshops

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!

 

Intro to Vegetable Gardening 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. 

Online registration click HERE. For further information, including discount availability and eligibility, please call us at 213.763.3499. 

This gardening series is sponsored by:

 

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

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

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