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

Phone: (818) 677-3496

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Updated 10/22/14

CSUN-al Gardening 2014











 

 

 

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Winter: Rose Pruning Workshop

Rose Pruning Workshop, Saturday, January 18, 2014 9 - 11 a.m.
Steve Gerischer, Larkspur Landscape Design; President, Southern
California Horticultural Society

Properly pruned rose plants are healthier, easier to maintain, more vigorous,
and produce better blooms. So what's the big mystery about rose pruning?
Landscape designer and gardening guru Steve Gerischer will dethorn the prickly
topic of rose pruning with a hands-on workshop on Saturday, January 18, 2014,
from 9 to 11 a.m. The class will begin with a brief introduction to the 'why', 'when',
and 'how' of rose pruning. Participants will then put theory into practice when the
class goes outdoors to prune a nearby rose bed.

Except for extreme weather, the class will occur rain or shine. Participants are
advised to dress appropriately, including a brimmed hat and gloves. Bring your
favorite pruners, also.

To reserve space in the class, email botanicgarden@csun.edu 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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Spring: Tomatoes 101

With the hundreds of tomato varieties that are available, it can be a Herculean
task to choose the best ones for a specific growing situation. Then again, some
long-time gardens may need an overhaul to enhance soil fertility. On Saturday,
March 1, 2014, from 9 to 10:45 a.m., learn how to revitalize your tomato garden,
select and grow the best tomato varieties for a productive season.

Cal Poly Pomona graduate and garden designer Stephen Baldonado will explain
the process of revitalizing and preparing your garden soil to grow a bountiful
tomato crop, and how to select the tomato varieties best suited for your garden.
In addition to over 5 years with his garden design business, I Garden, Stephen
has worked at New York's Central Park, and the New York Botanical Garden. He
offers a full schedule of presentations at local garden events as well as assisting
Scott Daigre with Tomatomania events for the past 6 seasons.

To reserve space in the class, email botanicgarden@csun.edu 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: Insect Friends with Benefits

The typical home garden harbors many insects, spiders, centipedes, and other many-legged creatures, often to the horror of the human observer. Enlightened gardeners know that many of these fearsome creatures help maintain healthy plants, by preying upon plant-munching pests. The summer installment of the series will focus on who these multi-legged warriors are, how to welcome them to the home garden, and how to enlist them in the war against garden pests.

On Saturday, August 16, 9-11 a.m., Jim Hogue, CSUN Biology Dept. entomologist and curator of the Herbarium, Vertebrate, and Insect Collections, will show how to recognize and encourage beneficial insects and other multi-legged predators in your garden.

Registration begins Wednesday, July 16th.
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: Water-Wise Gardening

With the entire state of California in moderate to exceptional drought conditions, municipalities are regulating the use of landscape water. Watering restrictions, hefty fines, and incentive programs, are ways of encouraging less water usage. One approach is to remove or reduce the resource-needy lawn, and replace it with a California-friendly, water-wise planting. Homeowners who want an attractive landscape should consider water-wise plants that will perform well with less water and less maintenance than a lawn.

On Saturday, November 22, from 9 to 11 a.m., landscape designer and Cal Poly Pomona graduate Stephen Baldonado will explain the process of replacing a lawn with water-wise landscaping. In addition to over 5 years with his garden design business, I Garden, Stephen has worked at New York's Central Park and the New York Botanical Garden. He offers a full schedule of presentations at local garden events as well as assisting Scott Daigre with Tomatomania events for the past 7 seasons.

Registration begins Wednesday, October 22nd.
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.