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

Phone: (818) 677-3496

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Updated 9/27/12

CSUN-al Gardening 2012










 

 

 

 

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Winter 2012

Rose Pruning Workshop
Steve Gerischer, Larkspur Design
Sat., Jan. 21, 2012, 9 a.m. Registration begins December 21, 2011.

Registration is required.

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").

 

 

Spring

CSUN-al Gardening Series:
Tomato U (Registration begins February 3rd.)
Saturday, March 3, 2012 9-10:45 a.m.
Scott Daigre, Tomatomania and PowerPlant Design

Registration begins February 3rd.
Registration is required. Please email botanicgarden@csun.edu
to request a space in the class.

Heirloom tomatoes are at the top of the list of favorites for the home gardener, especially with the almost unlimited number of varieties that are available. Knowing which varieties are best suited for the San Fernando Valley's hot summer climate can make the difference between an adequate crop and a super-abundant bonanza of fruit. There are also strategies to planting (where, when), fertilizing (when, how much), and watering (when, how much) which can maximize the harvest.

Scott Daigre, proprietor of Tomatomania and owner of PowerPlant, is nationally known for his tomato events. His home garden hosts dozens of heirloom varieties every year and he is eager to share his practical knowledge with you. Do you know when too much heat is bad for tomatoes? Or, why it is recommended to not plant tomatoes in the same location two years in a row?

Afterward you will feel like you've earned a degree in tomato growing, but there won't be a quiz at the end of class. Instead, your newly-gained knowledge will prepare you to grow your best heirloom tomatoes ever!

Registration is required. Please register via e-mail at: botanicgarden@csun.edu
Registration for this class begins on February 3rd.

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Summer

CSUN-al Gardening Series:
Worm Composting (Registration begins May 16th.)
Saturday, June 16, 2012 9-10:45 a.m.
Stephen Baldonado, I Garden

Registration begins May 16th.
Registration is required. Please email botanicgarden@csun.edu
to request a space in the class.

Worm composting, aka Vermicomposting, is the process of using soil-dwelling worms to digest kitchen scraps such as coffee grounds, tea bags, fruits, and vegetables, to produce a nutrient-rich soil amendment. Stephen Baldonado will explain the process of selecting and setting up an efficient worm composter bin, obtaining the most productive worm species, and deciding which kitchen materials to put into the worm bin. He will then explain the many benefits of using worm compost and worm tea.

Stephen is a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona's Plant Science Program. In addition to his garden design business, I Garden, he gives presentations at local garden events and also maintains an entertaining and enlightening garden-themed blog, http://howigarden.blogspot.com/ which has gorgeous pictures and practical garden advice.

Registration is required. Please register via e-mail at:botanicgarden@csun.edu
Registration for this class begins on Wednesday, May 16th.

 

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Autumn

CSUN-al Gardening Series:
Fall/Winter Vegetable Gardening (Registration begins September 27th.)
Saturday, October 27, 2012 8:30-10:45 a.m.
Stephen Baldonado, I Garden

Registration begins Thursday, September 27th.

Fresh-picked vegetables are usually tastier and more nutritious than store-bought varieties. Having a sound strategy for growing vegetables can maximize the home garden's yield and help reduce the grocery bill. On Saturday, October 27, from 8:30 - 10:45 a.m., Cal Poly Pomona graduate and garden designer Stephen Baldonado will explain how to prepare the fall and winter vegetable garden, choose, plant, and grow the best types, and when to harvest.

Steven is a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona's Plant Science program. In addition to his garden design business, I Garden, Stephen gives presentations at local garden events and also maintains an entertaining and enlightening garden-themed blog, http://howigarden.blogspot/ which has gorgeous pictures and practical garden advice.

Registration is required. Please register via e-mail at:botanicgarden@csun.edu
Registration for this class begins on Thursday, September 27th.

 

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