It’s the end of October, so everyone should have a pumpkin or two on their porch or balcony and wait for them to hollow out and carve, right? that too Soon. With the heat of the fall of SoCal, the Jack O’ Lantern doesn’t last more than a day or two until it begins to thaw.
Of course, you can always wash the pumpkin patch and leave your favorite gourd as a base for decorating your home’s juicy pumpkins during the holiday season. The wider and wider the top, the better. These live decorations last for months unless the pumpkin shells are intact and not exposed to direct sunlight, and even the spooky crafts that make the finished project look like a typically preschool refuse , are incredibly easy. You will be satisfied.
In the meantime, check out our new garden calendar, especially if you’re in the native plant market (this is the best planting time—check out Bloom! California for inspiration), or feed organic if you want to learn more about growing. If you want, it is full of plant-related phenomena. Enroll in classes during Ventura County Farm Day to tour farms and ranches, start plants from seed, and build herb gardens.
Email events related to gardens and plants [email protected] It can be included in the calendar at least 3 weeks before the event.
Chrysanthemum Show and Sale by Orange County Chrysanthemum Association is set to Sherman Library and Gardens, Corona Del Mar 2647 E. Coast Hwy. The show, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., includes classes about moms, Q&A sessions, and several plants for sale. The show is free and admission to the garden is $5 (members are free). thesherman.org
October 23-November 1
San Diego Botanical Garden Autumn Festival Focusing on cut plants, including pumpkins, and autumn festivals such as Halloween and Day of the Dead (Diaderos Muertos), October 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and October 31, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The program consists of two days. Live music, crafts and other activities, including a Dia de los Muertos offender created by artist Katie Luis or altarpieces, will be held to honor deceased loved ones. Admission to the 37-acre garden is free. Otherwise, it costs $18 for adults, $12 for students, seniors, and active military personnel, and $10 for children ages 3 to 17. sdbgarden.org
Start an herb garden or expand an existing herb garden This class is offered by master gardener George Pesin, curator of Graystone Demonstration Gardens, at the Graystone Mansion at 905 Columbia Vista Drive in Beverly Hills. It is from 10 am to 11:30 am. Bring a 6-inch to 8-inch pot and take the herbal plants home. The trainer will provide the soil for the seedlings and pots. Tickets are $15 ($12 for Beverly Hills residents). Class size is limited to 12. safe.rec1.com
October 26th-November 6th
Theodore Penn Foundation Autumn Plant Sales With expert advice, kids activities, discounted prices (15% discount for members, 10% for non-members), we offer the largest selection of Native California Plants Foundation of the Year. Admission is free, but attendees must confirm attendance at a nursery school at 10459 Texford Street in Sun Valley to maintain a safe crowd size for COVID. eventbrite.com
Presentation at Harmon Canyon Oakwood Lands in Ventura County Take a ride with Bryant Baker, director of the Los Padres Forest Watch Conservation Department, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Harmon Canyon Reserve, 7511 Foothill Road. It is part of Ventura Land Trust’s OAKtober Oak Awareness Month event. Delve into the habitat, biology, and natural history of Baker County’s Oak and Los Padres National Forests. Participants meet at the trailheads of Harmon Canyon Reserve and walk a short distance to Oak Grove. venturalandtrust.org
Sherman Library & Gardens Holiday Gift Fair and volunteer cookbook releases We offer seasonal plants, hand-crafted items, and a copy of the 123 Recipe Cookbook “First Monday Coffee,” created by volunteer Asn. Sherman Library and Gardens with illustrations by artist Carol Creder. The entrance to the garden is Corona del Mar 2647 AD. Free during the fair running from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Coast Highway. thesherman.org
Fullerton Arboretum California Native Plant Sail Established in 1900, Fullerton’s Associated Road offers over 50 flowering shrubs, trees, vines, grasses, and succulents, along with more than 100 native plants grown in the gardens. The sale on November 5th from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. is open to Arboretum members and California State Fullerton cardholders. The sale of November 6 is open to the public from 9 am to 3 pm. Members get 10% discount on all plant purchases. fullertonarboretum.org
Ventura County Farm Day We offer free self-guided tours of at least 13 farms, ranches and farm organizations in Ventura, Oxnard, Camarillo and other parts of Ventura Counties from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is organized by the non-profit Eco-Education and Agriculture Students (SEEAG) volunteers for family-owned bee farms, organic composting sites, alpaca farms, berry and fruit farms, Oxnard Historic Farm Park, and volunteers. Dependent on the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging, Senior Nutrition Gardens features several organic farm tours to care for a 2-acre organic farm that donates 50 different fruits and vegetables to the poor. venturacountyfarmday.com
Sales of native plants sponsored by the San Gabriel Mountains branch of the California Native Botanical Association In partnership with the City of Monrovia, the Monrovian History Museum will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 742 E. Lemon Avenue. Volunteers are needed to support the sale sponsored by Artemisian Nursery. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to volunteers at Monrovia Canyon Park to help maintain the parks and trails that were restored after the 2020 bobcat fire. A complete list of plants and seeds for sale is available here. cnps-sgm.org.
Who is eating your garden? Workshop on Biological Pests and Pest Control in Cook’s Garden, 1033 Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice from 11:00am to 12:30pm. $35. thecooksgarden.com
Habitat Restoration in the Los Cerritos Wetlands It is the subject of volunteer programs organized by Pacific Aquarium. Restore 66 acres of wetlands by collecting seeds from rare plants, planting native varieties in the area, and removing invasive alien species. The event runs on the first Saturday of every month from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Volunteers should meet at 10:15 a.m. on Pacific Coast Highway and First Street in Seal Beach. Children under the age of 14 are adults. You need shoes with closed toes. A hat and sunscreen are highly recommended. Water will be provided, but please bring a reusable water bottle as this is an event in which PET bottles are not used. Registration is not required. aquariumofpacific.org
“All About Strawberries” at the Orange County Organic Gardening Club 7:30 p.m. at Centennial Farms at the OC Fair & Event Center at 88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa. Lucy Galvin, a sustainable gardening educator and designer, delves into strawberries and how to grow them well at home. Admission is free and all participants require a mask. For more information, please send an email to [email protected]
Garden Plants and Pruning Workshop In Cook’s Garden, 1033 Abbot Kinney Blvd. From 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Venice, this workshop by owner Jerry Miller will learn how to grow your own herb garden in biodegradable pots that participants can take home. You can also sample two glasses of wine and certain types of cheese, dried fruits and chocolate. Participants must be 21 years of age or older and present their COVID Vaccine Card at the doorstep. $65. thecooksgardenvenice.com
Elm Avenue Community Garden Cleaning and Winter Gardening Classes 1 pm to 5 pm Volunteers at 44841 Elm Avenue Downtown Lancaster will be instructed to clear sidewalks for the winter growing season and to create and preserve winter gardens by master gardener Dave Mashor. The Elm Avenue Community Garden is an organic garden that grows, harvests, and shares vegetables, fruits, and herbs with the community. The event is free. For more information, please visit our Facebook page. Elm Avenue Community Garden – Grow Evie Project..
Garden Seed and Ship Workshop From 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Cook’s Garden at 1033 Abbott Kinney, Venice, owner Jerry Miller will watch participants plant seeds in a coir seedling tray with seeding start mix and various seeds. will help. You can also sample two glasses of beer or wine, along with a selection of cheese, dried fruits and nuts. Participants must be 21 years of age or older and present their COVID Vaccine Card at the doorstep. $65. thecooksgardenvenice.com