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    Cultivating Your Tool Sense
    Saturday, June 1st, 2019 9 - 11 a.m.
    Steve Gerischer, Larkspur Garden Design

    Having the right tool for the task improves efficiency and workflow, especially in the garden. However, the bewildering assortment of brands, models, and features can discourage the average consumer and lead to regrettable impulse purchases. On Saturday, June 1st, from 9-11 a.m., landscape designer Steve Gerischer will elucidate the best tools of the trade, where to get them, and how to maintain them. (Note: Power tools will not be covered in this program.)

    Some of the questions that will be answered during the class: Which garden tools are essential for the home gardener, and which are Steve's favorites? Which are the most reliable brands of garden tools, and who sells them? What is the daily vs seasonal maintenance care for garden tools? Can a rusty pair of hand pruners be rehabbed and made serviceable again? (Steve will demonstrate the step-by-step process.)

    If you have a garden tool which is unusual or you are unsure of its function, bring it to class for show and tell.

    Come to this class so you can be the King (or Queen) of Spades in your garden.

    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 past-president of the Pacific Horticulture 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.”

  • Registration for the free class is required. Please E-mail botanicgarden@csun.edu and include your name and the number of seats you wish to reserve. Driving and parking instructions, as well as the class meeting location, will be sent upon registration.

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