CSUN-al Gardening Class: Cycads—Living Fossils for Your Garden

Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:00am


Cycads are a group of ancient plants that came into prominence when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Learn how to help these living fossils thrive in your garden.

ovules and megasporophylls of Cycas revoluta

Cycads are often referred to as "living fossils" due to their abundance when dinosaurs ruled the earth (think Jurassic Park). In fact, their fleshy-coated seeds are thought to be an adaptation for being eaten and then dispersed 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 cycads, including the challenges of propagating and growing these endangered species successfully in southern California. He will discuss the species that are best suited to this area and bring examples, both popular and rare, to encourage you to grow living fossils in your garden.

Registration for the free class is required. Email 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.