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
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.
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.
Native Plant Sale Weekend
Sale items will include seeds, irises, mints, sages, berries, hummingbird and butterfly plants, shrubs, perennials, and trees.Wildflower seeds. Books: native gardening, natural history, children’s, field guides, posters. Refreshments available for purchase
Date: Oct 14 to Oct 15
Sepulveda Garden Center, (near Hayvenhurst)
16633 Magnolia Blvd., Encino 91436
Contact: Snowdy Dodson – 818-782-9346
A proposed Community Garden Adjacent to the Sherman Oaks East Valley Adult Center
The Sherman Oaks community with support from the Neighborhood is proposing a project to establish a community garden at the Van Nuys/Sherman Oaks War Memorial Park, adjacent to the Sherman Oaks-East Valley Adult Center on Van Nuys Boulevard. A portion of the garden plots would be reserved for seniors as a communal garden where they can raise vegetables, herbs, and flowers. The remainder of the plots would be open for rent by members of the community.
The San Fernando Valley is home to many senior citizens and others who live in multi-family housing and do not have access to gardening opportunities at their homes. Also, many seniors, due to financial hardship, cannot afford to buy fresh produce to keep them healthy and productive.
The proposed gardens would be located south of the shuffleboard area next to the Adult Center and would cover a 100 x 100-foot area. The project will include a variety of planting beds and will be setup to enable seniors and others to work in the garden. A portion of the vegetables and herbs produced by the gardens will be donated to senior center or other community non-profits.
What is the current status of the project?
The planning for the project is in the initial stages. A conceptual design is shown above and we are in the process of coordinating with any city agencies and project partners on the next steps.
The proposed project involves six steps:
- Getting permissions and permits to establish the garden.
- Creating an Organizing Committee with the assistance of the Los Angeles Community Garden Council to develop and ultimately manage the Senior Garden.
- Fund-raising for the costs of creating and maintaining the Garden.
- Design the Garden and the fence, along with the proper systems for watering.
- Construction of the Garden.
- Operation and maintenance of the project by the oversight committee.
How will the community be involved?
Volunteers will be involved in the building, planting, and management of the Garden. Outreach will be conducted among residents in the area surrounding the park to solicit volunteers and members for the Organizing Committee. The plan is for the Garden to be a community space for local residents to be able to grow vegetables, herbs, and fruits for their own needs and for donation to senior organizations. The plan also includes hosting presentations to teach local residents about planting process, workshops on teaching planting, maintenance, and water conservation, and tours to promote green space and community activities.