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Local Garden Tours and Plant Sales for Spring 2014

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A fairy garden for sale at one the many plant sales I went to last Spring. My daughter loves fairy gardens and I take pictures of them when she isn’t with me to appreciate them herself. I especially liked the tree in this pot.  I think this was a booth that specialized in fairy gardens at the Fullerton arboretum Green Scene.

I look forward to this time of year all winter long, the Spring Garden Tour season and annual plant sales sponsored by some of the local non profit horticulture groups.

For many years now, my favorite plant sale has been the Long Beach City College Horticulture Department’s annual spring plant sale and fundraiser.  This is their 42nd year and the sale falls on April 16th -18th, 2014, the week before LBCC has their Spring Break.   If you are a local gardener and plan to attend, come early and don’t forget to bring a wagon.  Its open from 9 to 6.  I always manage to buy more than I planned on at this one sale.  In past years, I have bought some great plants here I might not have tried or found otherwise like a dwarf variety of ‘lion’s tail’ Leonotis menthifolia, Psidium cattleianum ‘strawberry guava,’ Lobelia laxiflora ‘mexican bush lobelia’, ‘garden mister’ fuchsia, correa ‘dusky bells’ australian fuchsia, and gallaridia. Here is another post I did about it last year that describes what to expect.  1779787 591651014236315 237226202 n 225x300 Local Garden Tours and Plant Sales for Spring 2014

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miniature egg terrariums for sale last year in the green house at LBCC plant sale

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the tables in the succulent area at LBCC horticulture dept plant sale last year

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The shade house at LBCC plant sale

 

There are many other sales and tours I don’t want to miss out on including the following:

  • The Fullerton City College Horticulture Department is holding their annual spring plant fundraiser on Sat. May 4, Sunday May 5, and Sat. May 11. When I was at their tomato sale I noticed they already had a nice selection of perennials in the growing areas.  I was delighted to find my favorite red cherry tomato for sale at the tomato sale.  It is called Sugar Snack.  It used to be availble from Burbee, but in recent years I have not been able to find the seed from any reputable garden retailers.
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Tomato Sale at the Fullerton City College Horticulture Department

  • Fullerton Arboretum Green Scene is a regional garden fair with hundreds of small local nurseries and garden vendors setting up booths for the weekend of April 12th and 13th, 2014. Before going to the LBCC plant sale, this was always my favorite garden event. I marked it on my calendar almost a year in advance to not have any conflicts. If you go, don’t forget to bring your wagon to this one! In my opinion, the best booth is always the California Rare Fruit Growers fundraising booth. They always have it well staffed with volunteers and members to help with questions. Some of my most loved rare fruiting plants have been propagated by their members, including Bababerry, Strawberry Verte Fig, Big Jim Loquat, Triple Crown Blackberry, Jupiter Grape, Neptune Grape, and Niabell grape. I also bought other berries ( Josphine, Caroline, Rosanna, Anne, and Kiwi Gold raspberries) from the CRFG booth, but none of them thrived more than a few years in my Southern California garden, unlike the Baba raspberries and the Triple Crown blackberry.  My neighbor across the street bought most of her exotic tropical cherries from them as well, including Cherry of the Rio Grande, Red Surinam Cherry, Black Surinam Cherry, and Capulin Cherry.  Every year the CRFG booth has a few new and different plants, depending on what the members donate.  This year I am hoping to find a new grafted loquat.  I am specifically looking for Vista White or Strawberry, but they haven’t had either one the last few years when I looked. There is a arboretum members only pre-sale the hour before it opens, and some of the best stuff gets sold during that time. I also used to always attend the Fullerton Arboretum’s Monster Tomato sale, but after last year’s disappointing, not so great looking, but pretty expensive tiny tomato plants, I am no longer acquiring my tomatoes from their sale. Plus the crowds just got worse every year. Hmmm. Instead this year, my mom and I grow some of the hard to find tomatoes, like Super Marzano, First Prize, Sun Sugar, and Big Zac, and we bought the rest, including sugar snack and Matt’s Wild Cherry from the Fullerton City College Horticulture department’s tomato sale this past weekend.
  • Theodore Payne Foundation Native Plant Garden Tour is April 5th and 6th.  It is a big tour of drought tolerant gardens throughout Southern California.  The Westside and Southbay gardens are on Saturday and the inland gardens are open on Sunday.
  • Fullerton Beautiful Tour is an excellent tour of 10 different private gardens each year, but I am bummed because once again I have a conflict and can’t attend.  It is on April 27th, 2014.
  • Mary Lou Heard Memorial Garden Tour was not held in Spring 2013, but this year it is scheduled for Saturday, May 3rd and Sunday, May 4th from 10 am to 5 pm. It is a diverse tour of private gardens opened for the public to tour with the proceeds going to local charities. This one features urban homesteads, fancy formal gardens, Japanese inspired gardens, formal gardens, cottage gardens, and more.  It has something for everyone’s taste.  Some years I only visit one or two gardens, but in other years I stop in at all the gardens within my local area. The gardens go as far South as the Southern end of coastal Orange County and as far North as Long Beach.  Most of the independent Southern California coastal nurseries will be getting a tour newsletter with times and addresses sometime in April.
  • Long Beach 3rd Annual Lawn to Garden Tour is also on May 3rd, 2014 from 10-2:PM so I will hopefully be stopping in at some of these gardens on the same day as the Mary Lou Heard Memorial Tour.  This is a tour that highlights local front yards that have recently transitioned over to more waterwise and drought tolerant designs and that have eliminated or greatly reduced their lawns. 

    I have been wanting to take out our front lawn for more than a decade, but between my kids, the dog, and the other neighborhood kids, my lawn is still actively used and does serve its purpose. However, it is not a beautiful show piece. It only gets enough water to not die and often has brown patches and bare spots. Other houses on my block have participated in the lawn to garden program, and now their kids play on my lawn instead.  Have I ever mentioned, on this little culdusac of 19 houses, there are 26 kids!?  That is one reason we stay here on our little postage stamp sized urban lot. Once most of these kids have outgrown the need for a big lawn with a shady play area my maple creates, that lawn will be history.  I have dreams of expanding my iris, alstromeria, and salvia collections and putting in either pomegranates, loquats, persimmons, figs, and/ or pineapple guavas out there, all of of which are drought tolerant fruit choices.

  • I also like to stop by the Cal Poly Pomona University Farm Store and Nursery in the springtime. They always have interesting varieties of tomato plants in the Spring and fruit trees and vines year round. That is where I got my Super Marzano last year and Sun Sugar tomatoes, as well as some pretty No Id bearded irises for $1 each. Their tomatoes go on sale on March 15th.
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    The Farm Store at Cal Poly Pomona. They sell lots of specialty items and locally grown produce. They also have a nursery attached to the store

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    The plant nursery section at the Cal Poly Pomona Farm Store

    Start of the Gardening Season

    Yes, you read that right:  October is the start of the gardening season for those of us gardeners that happen to live in Southern California’s year round growing climate.  For me personally, October is probably my busiest month for working in the garden.  The scorching heat of summer and lack of rainfall make August and September the end of our local gardening season, with very few garden chores, other than things like dividing bearded irises.  But by September, the last of the grapes have been harvested, the tomatoes are done, and the fall Baba raspberries have yet to start coming in.  That means it is time to prep for spring and cool season vegetables.

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    Here is the one family member that is sad to see the hot days of August and September gone. Tiger Lily, our 9 year old California Desert Tortoise, emerges from the thornless Triple Crown Blackberry plant with blackberry juice covering her mouth. She enjoys much of the abundance of summer fruit in the yard.

    I look forward every year to the cooler days of October and the garden chores related to cool season veggies and planning ahead for spring perennial bloom.  This past weekend, I worked on a bunch of long over due yard chores including deadheading the Asters and Gaillardias, pulling weeds, dividing some of the Alstromerias, and potting up some new bearded iris rhizomes I recently acquired.  This time of year is when I do the majority of bulb planting, front flower bed clean up, and dividing and transplanting the drought tolerant perennials around the yard.

    I have one clump of pale yellow alstromerias, “Princess Daniela,” that has grown from one little one gallon size clump about 7 years ago to a patch at least 4′ x 4.’ I have moved little sections around the yard before, but it definitely needs a serious dividing this year.  It is one of my favorite Alstromerias because it flowers almost year round, stays under 12 to 14 inches tall, makes a good cut flower for arrangements, doesn’t mind our watering restrictions, and grows in full sun or partial shade. Even now, it still has some blooms, albeit it is not very pretty at the moment.  Unfortunately, it is patented, and I don’t get to share any of the divisions with fellow gardeners for another 6 years, when the patent finally expires.

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    One of the clumps of Princess Daniela Yellow Alstromeria I moved last year in front of the roses. It is sad looking this time of year, but it is still flowering, even after a hot summer with little to no water. I love this plant.

    This week, I plan to get the veggie garden ready to make room for some of my favorite veggies: lettuces, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, chard, snap peas, and snow peas.  The best time to start winter veggies from seed in SoCal is August up until early fall.  Unfortunately, I missed the window this year for the broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage.  Had I been planning ahead, I could have had some interesting heirloom varieties and saved a little money.  Instead I will settle for common varieties in 6 packs from my favorite local nursery, H & H in Lakewood.  In past years, H & H has actually sold some interesting varieties like Romansco broccoli, Golden and Purple Cauliflower, and Purple Cabbage.  Fortunately, I just got one of my favorite birthday gifts…a gift card to H & H.  Thanks, Mom and Dad! icon wink Start of the Gardening Season

     

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    © 2013, Hanbury House.

    How to Gently Get A Brooding Hen to Stop Setting

     

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    The rabbit hutch tucked into a corner of the yard near the concord grapes. Our Black Silkie is in there to get over her broody behavior and George is patrolling nearby.

    Bantam Cochins are one of the best breeds of chickens for small urban backyards, mainly because they are generally quiet, curious, very friendly, easy to handle, kids like their small size and docile nature, they don’t fly like other bantams do, and they do well with confinement to a small coop or tractor.  Some people are reticent to keep them as part of their flock because they are also known for going broody often, just like Silkies.  Well, the part about the broodiness is very true.  However, after 5 years of keeping backyard chickens, I don’t feel broodiness, or the desire to hatch eggs and raise chicks, in a breed is a downside or a problem.  Typically the best natured breeds are also broody breeds, like Buff Orpington and Black Australorp.  When it comes time to add to our flock, a broody hen makes the job of integrating young baby chicks almost effortless, including day old chicks they didn’t hatch. Chicks raised by hand without a mother hen to look out for them, can’t be easily added to an established flock without blood shed or a lot of pecking, at least not until they are closer to the same size as the adult hens.  Broody hens also eliminate the need for an indoor brooder or heat lamp for chicks.  The baby chicks scurry in and out of the mother hen’s feathers, self regulating their need for warmth.

    A few times a year, I let the hens raise chicks, but right now isn’t a good time for us to have chicks around.  Life is just too hectic, and when their are chicks around, I spend too much time holding and watching them, instead of getting my chores done.  Once school is out, and our family’s schedule slows down, and if one or more of the hens go broody, I’ll probably let them have some day old chicks.  In the meantime, on Tuesday, our newest pullet, the black Silkie, decided it was a good time for her.   She is our third broody chicken this year.

    Although our hens don’t always go broody when it is convenient for us, “breaking” a hen of being broody or stopping the hormonal cycle isn’t that hard.   The sooner I notice it and intervene, the sooner the hen will go back to normal behavior and laying.  When I notice a hen or pullet has staked out the nest box all day, and especially when she is still in there when it is time to roost for the night, I usually have a pretty good idea that she has started going broody.  Broody hens often have a distinctive dinosaur like growl when disturbed on their nest.

    I have tried different things over the years to break my broody hens, but the easiest and gentlest has been to but the hen in our extra hutch, a collapsible rabbit hutch with a wire bottom.   It is handy having a second moveable place to put chickens if it is ever needed, not just for broody chickens.  My hubby calls it the chicken “sweat box.”  I think of it more like a sweat lodge.  It is secure with 1/2 inch wire, a covered top, and latch on the side door.  It sits in the shade in a corner of the yard where all the goings on around the backyard can be seen.  The broody hens don’t seem to be too bothered about being in there since they are generally zombie like anyway while they are in the broody phase.  The few times I have added a non broody buddy, but both times the buddy just picked on the broody.

    The hutch’s wire bottom allows for air flow on the under side of the chicken.  This airflow helps the hen cool down on her belly and keeps her from insulating her abdomen.  I don’t give her a nest in there, just food, water, and snacks like grape leaves or lettuce to peck at.  I prefer to stop broodiness this way because it doesn’t seem traumatic for the hen at all, kind of like a time out.  After about 3 to 7 days in the hutch, or if she lays an egg before that, the hen is usually no longer broody and I return her to hang out with the other ladies in the coop.  If she goes back to taking over a nest box, back to the hutch for a few more days she goes.  When I notice the first day that the hen is broody and intervene, it usually only takes her three days to snap out of it.  But if I accidentally let her go a few days, it takes a bit longer.  The longer she has been broody, the longer it takes for her to return to normal.

    The black Silkie was on her third day in there when I snapped the photo.  She was still talking like a broody hen with a soft cooing bak-bak-bak-bak, so I knew she wasn’t quite ready to come out yet.  The next day, she seemed back to normal, so I returned her to the big coop.  It will likely be another 3 to 5 days, at least, before she goes back to laying.

    Below is a short video of my two broodies from last year. Broody hens sound and act a little different than how hens normally do.  Despite not wanting to be bothered when broody, most of our Cochin hens are really nice and don’t peck or bite at us. The Silkie was the same way as these two ladies in the video.  They just cluck and puff up to tell us and other hens to leave them alone.

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    Spring Garden Gamble: Tomatoes in February

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    Stupice and other early tomatoes are already in at the local nursery here in Southern California.

    As a seasoned gardener, I should know better than to plant tomatoes at the beginning of February, but H & H Nursery already had tomatoes in, including my favorite cold weather variety, Stupice.  For $1.99, I decided I could take a gamble on the weather on this one variety.  It is one of the few varieties I would call “Ultra Early.”  I can’t always find Stupice, and I don’t bother growing them from seed myself, therefore, I could not resist buying one.  If it doesn’t make it, it was only $1.99.  But if it does survive, and if I am lucky, I could be harvesting my first tomato as early as the middle of April.

    Out of all the tomato varieties I like to grow, Stupice will put up with cold spring night time temperatures here better than any other indeterminate slicers I have tried.  When I have planted Stupice transplants in early March, I have harvested my first fruits by Mother’s Day.  I have planted them in mid September and harvested around Thanksgiving.  When it is the only tomato producing, I love them, and they are far better tasting than any winter or spring grocery store tomato, but Stupice is not my favorite variety for a summer tomato.  There are many better more flavorful choices when it is ideal growing conditions for tomatoes. My favorites are currently Super Marzano and Sun Sugar.

    What I know about Stupice from my gardening experience:

    • about a 2 oz to 4 oz  fruit
    • fair to good flavor, but not excellent
    • grows about 4 feet tall
    • indeterminate
    • potato leaf
    • Good choice for a late summer/early fall or early spring planting/ Cold tolerant
    • 55 days to 65 days to first fruit
    • Heirloom from Czechoslovakia
    • It is pronounced like Stew-peach-aye.
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    Stupice, my favorite short season, early, heirloom tomato. It is sitting on the window sill waiting to go outdoors.

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    © 2013, Hanbury House.

    After Dinner Gardening

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    When my kids were little, I bought a odd gardening book from a used book store called The After Dinner Gardening Book, by Richard Langer.  I was curious, and had to buy it just to see if it had some ideas for kid friendly gardening projects that we had not already tried.  It was a fun narrative story about the gardening adventures of growing edible plants in an urban East coast apartment, but mainly from leftovers and seeds which were normally discarded, basically garbage.  It was originally published in 1969, long before the days of using the internet for creative gardening ideas.  Most of the gardening methods mentioned in the book are pretty common place now a days, but when the book was first written, it was considered quirky.

    Every once in a while we try another project out of the book, and about three months ago, on my suggestion, my daughter recycled a pineapple top.  I used a really sharp knife and lopped the top off cleanly.  My daughter, B, took the top leaf part and placed it in a pot in the middle of her fairy and succulent garden on the front porch.  A lot of cloning methods require rooting hormone, but she didn’t bother.  I figured, if it didn’t work without it, we would just get another pineapple if she still wanted to try again.  All B did was plop the cut end into potting soil, covered it slightly with potting soil, watered, and walked away. Seriously, that was it.  There was some initial drying out and browning of the larger leaves and inner leaf tips, but she didn’t give up.  She just kept adding a little water now and then, but not with any regularity.  Just recently it started growing like gang busters.  From what I read, “as long as the small center leaves remained green and stiff, the pineapple would likely grow,” and if not, we would just have the perfect excuse to splurge on another pineapple and start over.

    She only occasionally waters it, pretty much just with the left overs from her water bottle that comes home from school.  She treats it like all the other succulents on the porch.  However, I think we will may move it inside as a house plant for the coldest part of the winter or at least on any nights with a frost expected.  In the spring, we will try planting it out in the yard to see if we can actually get it to grow a fruit.

    Here is her pineapple plant’s progress to so far…

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    The green new growth on the pineapple

     

    © 2012, Hanbury House.

    Our June Harvests

    2010 May and June Harvests

    The Dorset Golden Apples were early this year, and we started harvesting at the beginning of June.  I made a homemade apple pie for my husband’s birthday with some and still had a half of a Trader Joe’s bag full.  The Anna apple tree has had a few ready as well, but appears to have another week or two before it is at its peak.  Blackberries and Blueberries are delicious this year.  We started picking Triple Crown and Hanbury about a week after Mother’s day.  The chickens have even realized the berries are there because normally they are well behaved and stay in their section of the yard.  However, they are taking every chance they can to sneak over to the driveway and snack off the lower branches of the Triple Crown blackberry.  Naughty chickens!  About the same time the berries started, the Beauty plums were ready too.  Yum!  Unfortunately, I have not had more than a handful of blueberries this year.  The neighborhood children all seem to know they are out there now, thanks to my daughter telling them.  I guess the kids will be grown before I get to enjoy those fruits of my labor in more abundance.  I don’t really mind and I think it is kind of fun for them to get to enjoy picking with friends. The tomatoes we have been eating since the end of May are Sun Sugar and Stupice, and just this week we started picking Gardener’s Delight.  Now I look forward to many more of the stone fruits being ready in about 3 weeks.

    © 2010, Hanbury House.

    Can cherries grow in Coastal Southern California? Yes!

    About 5 years ago, I read about promising early results with newly developed low chill sweet cherries called Minnie Royal cherry and Royal Lee cherry. Well,  when I told my neighbor/ friend / fellow gardener about the new trees, she was up for the experiment and had a little bit of room. I grow all sorts of low chill fruit trees, but ran out of room myself for new stuff quite awhile ago.   After 3 years of her “testing” the varieties, it looks like it might be time to rip something out in my own garden next winter.  I would recommend these to anyone looking for a lower chill cherry.

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    3 year old – Minnie Royal and Royal Lee low chill cherry trees

    Here is my review so far to date:

    The fruits  of Minnie Royal and Royal Lee tastes a little similar to Rainer, but they look more like Sandra Rose or Lapins,  kind of a bright candy apple red.  The color is not deep burgundy like Bing.  Considering there are no other commercially available low chill cherries to compare to, I would rate the fruit on both very good.  You must have both varieties for cross-pollination.  We only get 250 to 400 hours of chilling in average years here.  This year the local CIMIS- weather station #174, recorded 323 chilling hours for winter 2009-2010.  Royal Lee has lots of flowers this year, so we must have had sufficient chilling hours for it.  Based on this, I would guess their chilling requirement is somewhere around 300 hours, but I have read different amounts at different sources.  Minnie Royal did okay too, with a bit less than a hundred or so flowers. The Minnie Royal tree started flowering first and had almost finished flowering when I took the first image in this post.  They both produced a couple cherries that first early summer, a few dozen cherries last year, and they appear to be setting a nice sized crop this year.   I will update again in the future as the trees mature.

    UPDATE: April 15th, 2010

    My neighbor’s trees have has a couple dozen cherries on the Minnie Royal that she has already started picking those.  Most of the Minnie Royals should be fully ripe in the next week or two. The Royal Lee cherry tree has about 100 cherries developing on it, but most are still green.

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    Fruit ripening on low chill Minnie Royal Cherry tree with a grasshopper hidden in the photo

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    Last summer – the two cherry trees planted closely together peak flowering. – when they were 2 years old.

     

    Zaiger’s Inc. Genetics in Modesto holds patents on both of these cherries.  (Thanks for all the hard work and years spent developing the first low chill cherry trees for us coastal gardeners, Zaiger Family!) The first year they released the trees through Dave Wilson Nursery to the wholesale market and general public, they were in very limited supply, and sadly we could not get them for her.  The next year, she bought one of each, at a premium price.  They have now been in the ground for a little over 3 years.  They have come down in price a little bit since; I saw them both for sale at H & H Nursery in Lakewood for under $30 just last month.

    Dave Wilson’s Nursery has been propagating a couple of other lower chill cherries by Zaiger Genetics recently, Royal Hazel cherry, Royal Edie cherry, Royal Lynn cherry, and Royal Helen cherry.  I will be keeping my eyes peeled for more information on these growing in backyard gardens over the next few years.  The flavor is supposed to be even better, but no specifics on the exact amount of chill available yet, except for Royal Hazel at 500 hours.  I error on the side of caution and stick with trees than need 300 hours and under.

    This is where I check our annual accumulated chilling hours below 45 degrees:  http://fruitsandnuts.ucdavis.edu/chillcalc/index.cfm

    See Dave Wilson’s Nursery for more on the different sweet cherry varieties and fruit photos.  :http://www.davewilson.com/br10/catalog/cherry.html

    For information about Zaiger’s Inc. Genetics http://www.davewilson.com/z_file/zaiger_intro.html

    © 2010 – 2013, Hanbury House.

    Plant Sales, Classes, and Garden Tours…oh my!

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    When it comes to Spring plant sales and tours, I am like a anxious child anticipating Christmas morning.  I have had many of these dates blocked on my calendar since the fall.  I don’t always buy stuff, but I enjoy looking, learning new techniques, and seeing what’s out there.  Here is a short list of the sales and tours around me that I recommend or am interested in attending this year.

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    Monster Tomato and Pepper Sale- Fullerton Arboretum

    March 18 ((members only day) through March 21.  9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Free admission.  Tomatoes and peppers $3.00 each. Fullerton Arboretum, 1900 Associated Rd., Fullerton 92831. Over 230 varieties of tomato plants will be for sale this year. Contact www.fullertonarboretum.org

    Long Beach City College – Horticulture Department- Spring Plant Sale

    MARCH 31 & APRIL 1, 2, 3,  2010
    9 am until 6 pm.  LBCC Horticulture Gardens- Pacific Coast Campus, 1305 E. Pacific Coast Hwy.  Long Beach, CA 90806
    CALL (562) 938-3092 for more info.  In the past, they have given you a free tomato plant if you bring your own wagon.

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    Eat the Yard! Organic Edible Gardening Series

    April 10th Saturday 9 a.m. – Noon or 1 – 4 p.m. (2 sessions)- Part II: Eyes on the Harvest” @ Fullerton Arboretum,  1900 Associated Rd., Fullerton 92831 Get the most out of your edible garden throughout the season! Learn how to best nurture your plants and keep your garden space continually producing. Gardener Jonathan Davis welcomes you back to his outdoor classroom at the Arboretum’s Organic Vegetable Garden to learn organic pest control, plant maintenance, succession planting, and seed saving.TWO SESSIONS: 9 a.m. – Noon or 1 – 4 p.m. Class includes gardening outside; a hat and outdoor clothing are recommended. $15/members $18/nonmembers / Full series discount: 3 classes for $50/members $61/nonmembers / Prepaid registration only. Call by Wednesday April 7th / 657-278-3407 Contact www.fullertonarboretum.org

    Green Scene Plant and Garden Show

    April 17th & 18th Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.    @  Fullerton Arboretum, 1900 Associated Rd., Fullerton 92831.  Green Scene 2010 promises to be bigger and better than ever, with many new exhibitors and products for sale. Admission is $6 per adult; children under 12 are free.   Contact www.fullertonarboretum.org or call 714-278-3407. Exhibitor opportunities are available until April 4th; call 714-278-4792 or email jmcgarvey@fullerton.edu  “Members Only” preview sale from 9 – 10 a.m. April 17th Saturday. *This is my favorite plant sale.

    Water Conservation Education

    April 21st Wednesday 10 a.m. – Noon with Gisele Schoniger from Kellogg Garden Products @ H & H Nursery, 6220 Lakewood Blvd., Lakewood 90712.  Space is limited. Contact 562-804-2513  to reserve a seat.   www.hhnursery.com

    Southern California Spring Garden Show

    April 22nd -23rd Thursday – Friday 10 A.M. — 9 P.M., April 24th Saturday  10 A.M.— 8 P.M., April 25th Sunday 11 A.M. — 6:30 P.M.  @ South Coast Plaza Bristol Street (405 Fwy exit Bristol St. or Fairview and go to Bear St. , Park Near Crate and Barrel), Costa Mesa 92626 Free. Hundreds of vendors selling plants and supplies; fantastic floral displays. Phone 714-435-2160 or www.springgardenshow.com

    Fullerton Beautiful Garden Tour

    April 25th, 2010  on a Sunday  from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    The self-guided tour begins at the Fullerton College Horticulture Department. The entrance is on Berkeley Avenue, east of Lemon Street. Cost of map is $10.  Members of Fullerton Beautiful will receive a map for free, so please recognize yourself at registration.  The Fullerton College Horticulture will also be hosting a plant sale. Plants maybe left for safe-keeping while you attend the garden tour. Visit the FULLERTON BEAUTIFUL BLOG www.fullertonbeautiful.blogspot.com/  Any questions concerning the garden tour please call… 714-871-4156 or 714-526-2926 Information http://horticulture.fullcoll.edu 714.992.7135

    MAY

    Fullerton College Horticulture Dept.  Spring Sale – 2010

    May 1 from 9 to 4, May 2 from 10:00 to 3:00, and May 8th from 10:00- 3;00
    321 E. Chapman Ave.
    Fullerton, CA 92832

    http://horticulture.fullcoll.edu/index.shtml

    Mary Lou Heard Memorial Garden Tour – 2010

    May 2nd & 3rd Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.. This yearly self-guided charity event lives on with a two-day tour of 40-plus gardens from Diamond Bar in the East to Long Beach in the North to San Clemente in the South. Donations collected at all gardens. Information www.heardsgardentour.com 714-566-4800  *I have visited many interesting gardens on this tour.  Some of the gardens are simple and some are extravagant.  Tour brochures are available at many independent local nurseries after Mid April.  H & H Nursery on Lakewood Blvd. in Lakewood, CA. usually has them available.

    100 2453 Plant Sales, Classes, and Garden Tours...oh my!

    Backyard in Long Beach on the Mary Lou Heard Memorial Garden Tour

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