Native Plant Celebration & Symposium, Wildflower Show & Plant Sale
Saturday, April 7, 2018 – 9am-4pm
Sepulveda Garden Center
16633 Magnolia Blvd., Encino, CA 91436
The annual Wildflower Show of the Los Angeles / Santa Monica Mountains chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is scheduled for April 7, 2018 at the Sepulveda Garden Center in conjunction with a simultaneous Native Plant Celebration & Symposium, plant and book sale. The Symposium will feature speakers throughout the day. Plants for sale will be available courtesy of our Symposium partner, the Theodore Payne Foundation. We welcome California native wildflower cuttings from your home gardens.
For a list of speakers and more information, visit the California Native Plant Society Website
March 16-18, 2018
Tapia Brothers Farm Stand
5251 Hayvenhurst Ave, Encino, CA 91436
9am – 5pm all three days
It’s the Whopper. The Big Kahuna, The T-Rex of tomato sales!
One of Los Angeles’ oldest garden traditions meets one of its newest sensations as Tapia Brothers Farm Stand again hosts the largest of the TOMATOMANIA! seedling sales. We’ll showcase almost 300 tomato varieties (yes, you read that right) and offer everything you’ll need to have the most successful tomato season ever.
A new twist this year: we will add some short classes and include expert guest appearances to offer you more garden thoughts and expertise! Don’t miss them.
See more information and locations on the Tomatomania Web Site.
Watch a video interview I did with founder Scott Diagre back in 2011
Get the Tomatomania book from Amazon.com
* A portion of each sale from Amazon.com directly supports our organization
** Many of these books may be available from your local library. Check it out!
† Available from the LA Public Library
There are lots of ways to plant your community garden plot. Starting today I’l be highlighting a variety of methods, plants and designs I have found on my Internet travels. Hopefully, something here will spark with you and get you planting your own plot, whether in a community garden or elsewhere. — Douglas
Planning a Square Foot Vegetable Garden via GrowVeg
Square Foot Gardening (commonly referred to as SFG) is a planting method that was developed by American author and TV presenter Mel Bartholomew in the 1970s. It’s a simple way to create easy-to-manage gardens with raised beds that need a minimum of time spent maintaining them. SFG rapidly gained popularity during the 1980s through Mel’s first book and television series and since then has spread across the world, eventually going ‘mainstream’ with several companies offering ready-to-assemble SFG gardens. SFG advocates claim it produces more, uses less soil and water and takes just 2% of the time spent on a traditional garden. So what makes Square Foot Gardening special and why don’t all gardeners use it?
Read Planning a Square Foot Vegetable Garden via GrowVeg
California Native Plant Society Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, March 13 at 7:30pm
Sepulveda Garden Center
16633 Magnolia Blvd
Cal State Northridge Biology Dept Research:
1) Dudleya Evolution Trends
2) Climate Growth Sensitivity in Bigcone Douglas Fir
Dani Amoroso and Cody Russell will be presenting their findings with a slide show.
Program is free and non-members are welcome. Refreshments will be available.
Dinner precedes the meeting at 6pm at Maria’s Italian Kitchen, 16608 Ventura Blvd, Encino. Come, join us!
For more info go to www.lacnps.org or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 818-782-9346.
Looking for some ideas for what you might grow in your own community garden plot? Here are some planning and plants to get you started! — Douglas
The Best Vegetables to Grow in a Community Garden Plot via The Creative Vegetable Gardener
Growing food in a community garden plot is a very unique style of gardening with great benefits and some tough challenges that home gardeners don’t experience.
The benefits: meeting kind and generous people from all over the world who share a love of gardening and learning from each of them by watching what they grow and how they set up their gardens.
The challenges: the far distance from your house which often limits how frequently you can visit your garden, and the difficulty of managing your garden from afar.
If you’re not careful, these challenges can make community garden plots feel more like a burden than a joy.
But, don’t worry! A lot of the hardship can be avoided if you pick the right vegetables for growing in a community garden.
Read The Entire Article – The Best Vegetables to Grow in a Community Garden Plot via The Creative Vegetable Gardener
Support the Creation of the Sherman Oaks Community Garden – Informational Meeting
Monday, February 19, 2018
Sherman Oaks, CA
Address provided on RSVP
We are a small group who has organized in an effort to establish a community garden in Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Park, and we need YOUR help!
Come to the meeting to hear an overview of the plan, what has been done so far, and what kind of help is needed to bring the garden into being.
Here is an excellent and detailed article on building raised beds for your own garden. Be sure to bookmark this for future reference. You’re going to want it eventually. — Douglas
How to Build a Raised Garden Bed via Mother Earth News
A DIY project for a permanent garden box to provide a raised bed for your plants and decorate your backyard.
October 2017 By Sara Bendrick
For those who want to improve their backyards, author Sara Bendrick provides a variety of DIY projects in Big Impact Landscaping so homeowners can get the most out of their property, expand their living space, and enjoy more time outdoors. Here, Bendrick gives step-by-step instructions for building a permanent U-shaped vegetable garden box — as well as an attached bench to help you enjoy your backyard plants.
U-Shaped Vegetable Garden
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Time commitment: 1 day
Professionals needed: None
Dimensions: 8-feet-by-9-feet U-shape
Read this entire article – How to Build a Raised Garden Bed via Mother Earth News