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Updated 10/9/17


  • The Botanic Garden will be closed on Friday, November 10th, in observance of the Veterans Day holiday and Thursday/Friday, November 23/24 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

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    Cycads - Living Fossils for Your Garden
    Saturday, November 4, 9 - 11 a.m.
    Maurice Levin, Jurassic Garden Nursery

  • Cycads are often referred to as "living fossils due to their abundance when dinosaurs ruled the earth (think Jurassic Park). The female cones have fleshy-coated seeds which are thought to have been eaten and then distributed by plant-eating dinosaurs. Of the 300 plus species still living, many are treasured for their slow growth rate, low maintenance needs, and aristocratic appearance. Sadly, habitat loss threatens many species in the wild, with some species considered endangered and rarely offered for sale.

    On Saturday morning, November 4th, from 9-11, Maurice Levin, proprietor of Jurassic Garden Nursery in Chatsworth, will present a cycad-filled program on the care and maintenance of these living fossils, including the challenges of successfully propagating and growing these endangered species. He will discuss the cycads that are best suited to southern California and will bring live specimens, both popular and rare, to inspire you to grow living fossils in your garden.

  • 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.

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