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

Phone: (818) 677-3496

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Updated 3/10/08

CSUN-al Gardening 2006




Details Below:



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Steve Gerischer, Larkspur Garden Design

Sat., Jan. 5, 2008, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Registration begins December 5th, 2007.

Registration is required. This class is closed to further registration.

Take the mystery out of rose pruning with this hands-on workshop. 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.

Steve Gerischer, proprietor of Larkspur Garden Design, lectures on a wide variety of horticultural topics. His busy schedule includes serving as a board member for the Southern California Horticultural Society, teaching classes at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Covina Valley Adult Education Program, and putting in an occasional appearance on HGTV (most notably "Landscaper's Challenge").                      





Scott Daigre

Sat., March 15, 2008, 9:00-10:30 and 11:00-12:30 Registration begins February 15th. Both sessions are full and closed to further registration.

Registration is required. Please register via e-mail
Registration for this class begins on February 15, 2008.
Both sessions are full and closed to further registration.

Scott Daigre is a professional garden consultant, owner of his own garden design business, and an energetic, practiced instructor.  He's also an owner of Tomatomania!, Southern California's largest Heirloom tomato seedling sale and author of "Tomatomania!, How to Grow Tomatoes Successfully in Southern California".  His enthusiasm is contagious and will inspire attendees to get started on creating their own spectacular tomato and vegetable gardens.

Course description:     

Heirloom tomatoes have long been favored by the discerning gourmet.  Often combining bizarre shapes or colors with exotic flavors, these tomatoes are the result of meticulous selection over many years, and are often passed from generation to generation.  From the cold tolerant 'Siberian' to the hefty poundage of 'Mortgage Lifter', heirloom tomatoes provide both horticultural and culinary interest. They look great, their stories are great and most importantly, they taste great!

Legendary TOMATOMANIAC, Scott Daigre having been at the forefront of popularizing these varieties to the Los Angeles market is eager to share his knowledge with you.  He will highlight his favorite varieties and offer recommendations for growing them. Come prepared with your questions about soil preparation, staking, fertilizing, saving seeds, and getting the best production of tomatoes possible. His book will be on sale at a special price for all attendees!

Often one of the first plants to a new gardener, tomatoes are easy to grow and offer great tasty rewards.  Join us!



Busy Backyard Bugs

Hartmut Wisch

Sat., June 28, 2008 9:00-10:30 Registration begns May 28.

Registration is required. Please register via e-mail
Registration for this class begins on May 28, 2008.

The saying "busy as a bee" is well known, but what are the bees actually doing? For that matter, what are all those other insects and arachnids doing out there, and why are they doing that? This class will explore the interesting deeds of common (and not so common) insects, spiders, and other backyard arthropods.

Hartmut Wisch has had a lifelong interest in natural history. His hobby of digital photography as well as volunteering at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden perfectly complement this interest.




Topic:  CSUN Tree Walk

Instructor:  Don Hodel

Course date:  Sat., Sept. 27, 2008, 9:00-10:30 Registration opens on August 27.

Registration is required. Please register via e-mail
Registration for this class begins on August 27, 2008.

Don Hodel is an Environmental Horticulturist with the UC Davis Cooperative Extension. He has authored numerous articles and books on ferns, palms, and trees.

This class will start with a brief introduction to trees, after which Mr. Hodel will lead the class on a walking tour of the exemplary trees of the CSUN campus. He will discuss their important characteristics, including both "good" and "bad" habits, with specific reference to their suitability for the residential landscape.

Except for severe weather, this class will be held as scheduled; be prepared for hot or wet weather - comfortable walking shoes, a brimmed hat, and drinking water are recommended.




Cal State University Northridge Botanic Garden

Sponsored by: Friends of the Botanic Garden