Grow 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:
Sunday, June 29, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. FREE RSVP Required - Click Here
We are pleased to host this month's Honeylove meetup of treatment-free beekeeping lectures and discussions. (Formerly BBK meetings). For the serious amateur beekeeper who has already attended most of the 2nd Saturday workshops and Sanctuary mentoring. Ideal for those with one or more hives in urban and semi-urban settings. Native plants available for purchase to help your bees at the nursery after the workshop! Free, but please RSVP.
Summer Maintenance of California Native Plants
Saturday, July 12, 10 - 11:30 a.m. FREE RSVP Required - Click Here
Antonio Sánchez will discuss summer maintenance tips to keep your native plants healthy, happy and thriving during the summer. Topics include summer watering (and not watering), appropriate pruning, and more. Free, but please RSVP.
Replacing Your Lawn with Water-Wise Plants
Saturday, August 9, 10 - 11:30 a.m. FREE RSVP Required - Click Here
Led by Stephen Baldonado, this workshop will cover the basics of lawn removal and how to design a pleasing, water-wise, low-maintenance replacement. Free, but please RSVP.
Autumn Garden Party!
Saturday, September 20, 10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (early access at 9 a.m. for RSABG members)
Our annual celebration of the Southern California planting season with food trucks, live music, edible native plant food tastings, free workshops, and more!
Copious Color: An introduction to the most colorful California native plants
Saturday, October 11, 10 - 11:30 a.m. FREE RSVP Required - Click Here
Dustin Gimbel of Second Nature Garden Design will focus on small and medium size plants that are good for our small gardens in Southern California, and are easy to grow! Free, but please RSVP.
Edible and Medicinal California Native Plants
Saturday, November 8, 10 - 11:30 a.m. FREE RSVP Required - Click Here
Nicholas Hummingbird Hernandez will discuss edible and medicinal uses of several California native plants, many of which will be available for purchase after the workshop. Free, but please RSVP.
Winter Prep for a Spring Wildflower Meadow
Saturday, December 13, 10 - 11:30 a.m. FREE RSVP Required - Click Here
Many people ask us in the spring about planting wildflower seeds, but meadows are more successful when planted in time for the winter rainy season. Join us for this workshop as Antonio Sanchez presents what to do now, in the autumn & winter, for a beautiful wildflower display in your garden come springtime. Free, but please RSVP.
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 - Program Full
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 HereNative 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.