Past Events

Roger’s Gardens

Saturday, February 5th, 2011, 9am

Creating a California Friendly Garden – Offsite Event

This program will be at Newport Coast Community Center, 6401 San Joaquin Hills Drive, and beginning at 9:15 AM Ron Vanderhoff will use his own home gardens to show a wide variety of California Friendly techniques and design ideas. This pictorial presentation will review all the steps, from removing the lawn, changing the irrigation, soil preparation and more. Ron’s story of the transformation of a typical urban garden into a California Friendly garden is one that will inspire you to in your own garden; interesting plants, birds and butterflies, low water, resource efficient, low water and inexpensive. This program will be held offsite.
The Newport Coast Community Center is 1 mile from Roger’s Gardens at the intersection of San Joaquin Hills Drive and Newport Coast Drive. This event is free.

Saturday, February 5th, 2011, 9am

My Edible Garden in February

Our monthly discussion of everything edible: vegetables, herbs, fruits, berries and more. Steve Hampson, edible gardener extrordinaire, will lead a lively and interactive discussion about what, where and when to plant, prune, feed harvest; with lots of audience participation. “Bon Appétit!”

Saturday, February 12th, 2011, 10am

Orchids with Dr. Koopowitz

Orchids are becoming increasingly popular as potted plants and economical gifts. Professor Harold Koopowitz, a well known orchid authority from UCI and past editor of Orchid Digest, will discuss the main types of orchids available and the care requirements for each type. Harold will also share some of the stories and lore associated with these special plants.

UCI Arboretum

Feb 12, 2011 — 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM — Saturday Plant Sale

Our plant sales feature unusual yet easy to grow perennials, succulents, and blooming bulbs from the Arboretum nursery.

Admission and parking are free for this event

The UCI Arboretum is located just south of the corner of Campus Drive and Jamboree Road on the UCI North Campus. For more information please call (949) 824-5833.

Fullerton Arboretum

Monster Tomato and Pepper Sale Returns to the Fullerton Arboretum, March 17-20, 2011

The Fullerton Arboretum will be hosting its annual “Monster Tomato and Pepper Sale” at The Potting Shed, located on the grounds of the Arboretum, March 17 – 20, 2011. A special “Members Only” sale day is scheduled for Thursday March 17, from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The sale is open to the general public on March 18, 19 & 20 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. This is the largest annual plant sale in the region focusing exclusively on tomato and pepper plants.

Over 230 varieties of tomato plants will be for sale this year, including every size from currant to beefsteak and every color from white to black. Featured tomatoes will include: Prize of the Trials-this apricot sized cherry tomato has won taste test after taste test as the best overall cherry tomato for flavor, yield, and crack resistance. Productive vines bear orange, 2 ” round fruit that thrive in hot dry climates and will keep producing after others have stopped.

Descanso Gardens

Celebrate Descanso’s camellias Feb. 5

The camellia is called the Empress of Winter. And in the Descanso landscape, this winter bloomer has won legions of admirers for the seemingly endless variety of its flower forms and colors.

Descanso will celebrate this signature bloom with a daylong Camellia Festival on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011. with garden tours, a class and a guided walks. Enjoy a variety of activities, including:

Things to Do With Sinensis | 11 a.m. | Van de Kamp: Botanists call it Camellia sinensis. The rest of us call it tea.  Wayne Walker, Descanso camellia horticulturist, goes beyond the ordinary “cuppa” by demonstrating culinary and wellness applications for the beloved beverage, including tea ice cream. $20, $10 members. Advance registration is required; phone (818) 949-7980.

Camellia Walk and Talk | 1 p.m. | Center Circle: Wayne Walker leads this exploration of the Camellia Garden. Learn to identify the different kinds of camellias and get camellia care advice from the pro. And enjoy a winter ramble through these gorgeous blooms. Free with admission.

Companion Planting |1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12 |Maple: Learn the basics of “companion planting’’ – as a member, you can bring a buddy for free! Rose Garden Horticulturist Amanda Everett leads this class, which includes a discussion of the benefits of companion planting and how this technique creates a healthier, more attractive garden. Then take a guided stroll through the Rose Garden (one of Descanso’s most romantic spots) for a close-up look at companion plants in the landscape. $20, $10 members.

Tree of Life Nursurey

DIY Valentine Workshop – Native Plants in Containers

WhenSat, 12 February, 10:00 – 11:00

WhereTree of Life Nursery, 33201 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA (map)

DescriptionJust in time for the plant-loving sweetheart this would be a great activity for you together or create a meaningful long-lasting gift that is better than a dozen roses! Come learn how to create a mini-eco-system right on your front porch. Patty Roess, our container planting expert, will teach you the basics of how to put together a successful native container. After the intro talk, you will choose a container and select plants to purchase. We will assist with complementary soil and some naturalistic decor, (rocks and sticks).

Ocean Friendly Gardening, Hosted by Surfrider Foundation

WhenSat, 19 February, 09:00 – 11:00

WhereTree of Life Nursery, 33201 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 (map)

DIY Natives in Containers

WhenSat, 26 February, 10:00 – 11:00

WhereContainers (map)

Natives for Wildlife: Birds, Butterflies, Bats and Bees!

WhenSat, 5 March, 10:00 – 11:00

Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens

Garden Talk and Book Signing: Sustainable Garden Design

Feb. 10 (Thursday) 2:30 p.m. Free

Bob Perry, author of Landscape Plants for California Gardens, will discuss concepts and principles of garden design with an emphasis on sustainability. A book signing will follow the talk.


Feb. 26–27 (Sat.–Sun.) 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Internationally recognized bonsai masters will share their passion for the art form in this annual event that includes exhibits, demonstrations, prize drawings, a “bonsai bazaar,” and a live auction at 3 p.m. each day. General admission.

Camellia Show and Sale

Feb. 12–13
Sat.:  1–4:30 p.m.
Sun.:  10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Hundreds of gorgeous blooms will compete for top honors at The Huntington’s 39th annual Camellia Show, co-sponsored by the Southern California Camellia Society. In addition to the displays, a wide selection of camellia plants available for purchase. Make a day of it by exploring acres of blooming camellias in the North Vista, Japanese Garden canyon, and Chinese Garden. Admission to the show and sale areas is free.

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