Programs at Grow Native Nursery in the Veterans Garden

gnnvg 300Grow Native Nursery in the Veterans Garden offers both free and for fee educational programs and workshops for the public. Please note the location is Grow Native Nursery in the Veterans Garden at the following address:

VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System

100 Davis Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90049

Programs Currently Available:


Pruning for Fruit Trees

Sunday, February 9, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. FREE RSVP Required - Click Here

Grab your loppers and hand saws, we'll be heading out to the orchard for our hands-on workshop Pruning for Fruit Trees. This is a half day workshop led by Master Gardener, Herb Machleder. We will be working on a wide variety of fruit trees, both old and young. This workshop is free and open to the public. Please bring your hand pruners, loppers, and/or handsaws if you have them. Don't have them? Don't worry! We will have extras on hand.

Herb Machleder is a Certified Master Gardener in the University of California Cooperative Extension, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Director of the Master Gardener Orchard Team in Los Angeles County. He is a Graduate of the Agroecology program and Organic Farm Apprenticeship at U.C. Santa Cruz, and is also an Emeritus Professor at UCLA.

Seed Saving in your Vegetable Garden

Saturday, February 22, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. FREE RSVP Required - Click Here

I'm sure you've walked into your garden to pluck leaves for a salad or tomatoes for a sauce, but do you know how to harvest seeds from your vegetable garden? Seed saving is what has given us the rich selection of heirloom varieties that we enjoy today. By learning how to collect and save seeds from your garden you will save money and be able to trace your edible plants back to their very beginnings. , David King will share with you the secrets of seed saving for fruits and vegetables.

David King is the founder and first Chair of the Seed Library of Los Angeles and the gardenmaster/Director of the Learning Garden, a community and school garden located on the campus of Venice High School. David works as a writer, gardener, and activist working to make home grown food a part of the Los Angeles culture.


Spring into Your Vegetable Garden

Saturday, March 1, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. FREE RSVP Required - Click Here

Having a sound strategy for growing vegetables can maximize the home garden's yield and help reduce the grocery bill. Garden designer and horticulturist extraordinaire, Stephen Baldonado will explain how to prepare the spring vegetable garden, and share his secrets of how to select, plant, grow and harvest the best fruits and veggies from our southern California gardens. And if you didn't already know, Stephen is part of the Tomatomania team, so he's sure to have the scoop on what's to come and what you can do to get ready for tomato season!

Seeds, Seed Banks, and the Plants of California

Sunday, March 2, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. FREE RSVP Required - Click Here

Conservation can begin with a single seed! Join Evan Meyer, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Seed Conservation Program Manager, as he describes his work, the broader world of seeds, and some methods used to germinate seeds of California native plants.

Chemical-Free Gardening with David King

Saturday, March 8, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. FREE RSVP Required - Click Here

Hot Spots for Rare Plants in California

Sunday, March 9, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. FREE RSVP Required - Click Here

With more than 6,500 kinds of native plants, California has more kinds of plants than any other state in the United States. California's status as a global diversity hot-spot is not only due to the number of plants found here, but also due to threats that have caused many of our plants to become endangered. Naomi Fraga (RSABG Conservation Botanist) will provide an overview to some spectacular hiking locations in southern California that are noted not only for their scenic beauty, but also for the rare and interesting plants that occur there. 


Welcoming Wildlife to Your Garden

Saturday, March 15, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. FREE RSVP Required - Click Here

We can invite nature to visit wherever we garden with these simple suggestions and the right native plants. Learn how to provide shelter, water, food and nesting sites for a wide variety of our animal friends. No matter how small your garden, you can help mitigate the loss of our wild lands by bringing nature home.

Richard Hayden is the head gardener of the Nature Gardens at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, a 3 acre wildlife habitat garden. Prior to becoming a steward for nature in the urban core, Richard had a 20-year career as a residential landscape designer and served as the president of the Los Angeles District of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) for 2011 and 2012. He has created exceptional garden environments around the country and his work has been featured in many publication including Architectural Digest, Elle Décor and Martha Stewart Magazine. Richard is a passionate proponent of low-impact landscape practices including planting native plants, capturing rainwater, creating wildlife habitat and emphasizing healthy soil biology.

Growing Rare Native Plants: Lessons from the Wild

Sunday, March 16, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. FREE RSVP Required - Click Here

Your garden can become habitat for some of California's rare and endangered plants. Antonio Sanchez, Production Manager at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG) will share his secrets for growing some of this state's most rare and unique plants. Antonio draws from his experience in the field and the work of RSABG's Conservation team to produce seedlings and cuttings in the nursery that will grow to become mature plants in the garden. Join us for a look at how a plant can be moved from the wild into a cultivated landscape.


Concrete Art and Stepping Stones Workshop: CANCELLED

Saturday, March 22, 10 a.m. - noon


Floral Bouquets from the Native Garden with Tara Kolla of Silver Lake Farms: CANCELLED

Saturday, March 29, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.


Medicinal Uses of California Native Plants

Saturday, April 12, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.   FREE - Click Here to Register

Our local hills and our native gardens offer an array of plants that have value for their medicinal properties and material uses. Nicholas Hummingbird Hernandez will help you identify native plants commonly found in the Los Angeles Basin that can be harvested and put to use in your daily life. Many of the species discussed will be available for purchase after the lecture.

Nicholas Hummingbird Hernandez learned the value and uses of California native plants at a young age. He is Indigenous Californian and leads the Wishtoyo Foundation's habitat restoration at the Chumash Village in Malibu. He also contributes to wildlife restoration efforts on the Channel Islands, and teaches about the importance of the relationships native peoples have with the environment through culture and respect.


Spring Native Plant Propagation: Growing Plants from Seeds and Cuttings

Saturday, April 26, 10:00 - noon

Strictly limited to 20 participants - Click Here to Register

Spring into your garden and come out with new plants you grew yourself! Nursery Production Manager Antonio Sanchez leads this hands-on class on how to start your own seeds at home and prepare cuttings of your favorite plants. Gain experience taking cuttings of native Sages and Verbenas and learn how to prepare and stick them, as well as sow seed of native Penstemon and Milkweed, and learn the best soils to use and how correctly water and transplant them. All participants will take home FREE materials, including cuttings and seeds. Strictly limited to 20 participants.

Summer Maintenance in the Native Plant Garden

Saturday, May 24, 10:00 - noon  FREE RSVP required: Click Here

Native plants can be beautiful during the spring, but many folks complain about how dry many look during the summer. This class, led by Antonio Sanchez, shows you how to make it through summer with a beautiful, low-maintenance garden. Topics covered include: When and how to water; how to prune and deadhead natives; planting during the summer months; tips to making your native plant garden shine during the summer.