Botanic Garden/Biology Department
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, California 91330-8303

Phone: (818) 677-3496

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Updated 12/20/16

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Winter 2016

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Rose Pruning Workshop

Steve Gerischer, Larkspur Garden Design,
President - Southern CA Horticultural Society,
Pacific Horticultural Society

Sat., Jan. 16, 2016, 10 a.m. Registration begins Wednesday, December 16, 2015.

Registration is required. Please register via e-mail at:botanicgarden@csun.edu
Registration for this class begins December 16, 2015.

Properly pruned roses are more disease-resistant, grow better, require less maintenance, and bloom better. So what's the big mystery about rose pruning?

Popular lecturer and landscape designer Steve Gerischer will de-thorn the prickly topic of rose pruning with a hands-on workshop on Saturday, January 16, 2016, from 10-noon. The class will begin with a brief introduction to the 'why', 'when', and 'how' of rose pruning. Participants will then have the opportunity to put theory into practice when the class goes outdoors to prune some of the campus roses.

Gerischer, proprietor of Larkspur Garden Design, lectures on a wide variety of horticultural topics. His busy schedule includes serving as president of the Southern California Horticultural Society and the Pacific Horticultural Society, teaching classes at the Los Angeles County Arboretum, Descanso Gardens, and Fullerton Arboretum, as well as putting in an occasional appearance on HGTV, most notably on "Landscaper's Challenge."

Please e-mail botanicgarden@csun.edu to request a space in the class or for more information. Driving and parking instructions, as well as the class meeting location, will be sent upon registration.

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Spring 2016

Bountiful Bromeliads
Gregg DeChirico, Gregg's Greenhouse

Sat., April 23, 2016, 9 a.m. Registration begins Wednesday, March 23, 2016.

Registration is required. Please register via e-mail at: botanicgarden@csun.edu
Registration for this class begins March 23, 2016.

Bromeliads are a diverse family of plants that includes the ever-popular "air plants," feathery Spanish Moss, and the tasty pineapple, with many variations in between. Their showy flowers can be described as exotic, extraterrestrial, or unnatural in appearance, often due to bright color combinations and shapes. In nature, bromeliads occur in North, Central, and South America, and are found in habitats ranging from rain forests to deserts. With such a wide assortment of growing conditions, it may seem an unfathomable task to grow these fascinating plants.

Surprisingly, most bromeliads are easy to grow, once you understand their needs. On Saturday morning, April 23rd, from 9-11, accomplished plantsman Gregg DeChirico will share his strategies for growing the different types of bromeliads.

Gregg DeChirico has been growing all sorts of plants for over 30 years. His nursery, Gregg's Greenhouse, in Carpinteria, is famous for its selection of seed-grown, rare, and exotic plants. In addition to serving as past president of the San Francisco Cactus & Succulent Society and the Santa Barbara Cactus & Succulent Society, Gregg is past president of the Cactus & Succulent Society of America.

Registration begins Wednesday, March 23rd.

Registration is required for this free class. Please email botanicgarden@csun.edu to request a space in the class, and include your name and the number of seats requested. Parking information and the class location will be sent with the email confirming your registration in the class.

 

 

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Summer 2016

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Splendid Succulents: The Inside Dirt on Growing Fat Plants
Sandy Masuo

Sat., Sept 24, 2016, 9 a.m. Registration begins Wednesday, August 24, 2016.

Succulent plants have thickened (hence the nickname "fat plants") parts (leaves, stems, roots) that store water and energy for use during dry seasons. Occurring in many diverse plant groups such as agaves, cacti, sedums, echeverias, and tradescantias, this survival technique also makes succulents highly suitable for people who forget to water their plants. Self-described "plant nerd" Sandy Masuo will take us on a visual tour of her favorite succulents and will share her approach to growing the most popular varieties.

As a bonus, following the lecture, Ms. Masuo will demonstrate how to design and assemble an eye-catching succulent container. Attendees are welcome to bring a small (8" or less in diameter) container to class, ready to be filled with potting medium and succulent cuttings. This part of the class will take place outdoors in the Botanic Garden, so be prepared for hands-on activity in sunny/hot weather - gloves and a brimmed hat are recommended. In order to gauge the quantity of soil and cuttings needed, separate reservations are required to participate in this activity. When you send in your request to attend the lecture, please indicate whether you wish to participate in this hands-on portion of the class.

Ms. Masuo's passion for gardening has led her to the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers where she is a docent, the Southern CA Horticultural Society where she has served on the Board of Directors, and Glendale Community College where she teaches an ever-popular Succulent Centerpiece class. She is associate editor in the Los Angeles Zoo Publications Division and finds time to edit the Association of Zoological Horticulture newsletter, as well as manage the SCHS Facebook page. Her professional writings have appeared in the LA Times, the San Francisco Bay Guardian,and Rolling Stone magazine. She also penned the foreward to her alter ego, Rosana DuMas', newly-published mystery novel, Unnatural Selection: Lessons of Life and Death on the Paper Trail.

Registration begins Wednesday, August 24th.

Registration is required. Please email botanicgarden@csun.edu
to request a space in the class, and include your name and the number of seats requested. Parking information and the class location will be sent with the email confirming your registration in the class.


 

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Fall 2016/Winter 2017

 

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Urban Beekeeping:
What's All the Buzz About?

Saturday, December 10, 9 - 11 a.m.
Keith Roberts, The Valley Hive

Registration is required. Please register via e-mail at: botanicgarden@csun.edu

A year ago, the Los Angeles City Council overturned a 136-year ban on beekeeping by passing an ordinance allowing honeybee hives on single family residential property. On Saturday, December 10th, from 9-11 a.m., urban beekeeper Keith Roberts will explain the important role of honey bees on a local, state, and global level, and what we can do to protect them. He will also discuss the details of the new ordinance and provide an insider's view of the benefits and risks of keeping bees, along with some general how-to-do-it information.

Mr. Roberts' interest in honey bees began in 2008, when a visit to the LA County Fair introduced him to a display of live honey bees. A year later he founded the Enterprising Bee Company and subsequently created the Save the Buzz line of honey bee products. As a professional beekeeper, Keith is co-owner of The Valley Hive in Chatsworth and the current President of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association.

Registration for the free class is required. Please E-mail botanicgarden@csun.edu to request a space in the class or for more information. Driving and parking instructions, as well as the class meeting location, will be sent upon registration.


Registration begins Thursday, November 10th
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Registration is required. Please email botanicgarden@csun.edu
to request a space in the class, and include your name and the number of seats requested. Parking information and the class location will be sent with the email confirming your registration in the class.