June fully loaded

The UCLA Extension Landscape Architecture and Horticulture program classes on native plants for sustainable gardens and firescaping are among the events in the June listings. Click on the plan to be taken to UCLA.

Click here for the full listing of June’s Dry Garden events, including restoration projects, hikes, classes and plant sales. If you have an event that you would like to be listed, please e-mail details to emily.green [@] mac.com or submit them in the comment box.

May fully loaded

Click here for newly compiled May listings of Southern Californian plant sales, garden tours, lectures, hikes, restoration projects and shows. If you have an event that you would like included, please e-mail the details and links to emily.green [@] mac.com.

April uploaded

Hikes. Tours. Bugs. Plants. Landscape design courses. Spring. Southern California April dry garden event listings newly loaded. Or click here for March. If you have an event that you would like added to the calendar, please e-mail details to emily.green [@] mac.com.

Spring

Chance of Rain is pleased to announce that a March calendar of hikes, courses, projects and plant sales for Southern Californian dry gardeners is finally loaded. To access it, and for the remainder of February listings, click on the links:

FEBRUARY 2010

MARCH 2010

If you have an event that you would like to have included in the listings, but is not there, please e-mail Emily Green at emily.green [@] mac.com.

Sow and ye shall reap

It smelled of sage and spring in the seed room of the Theodore Payne Foundation in Sun Valley this week as supervisor Kathy Parenteau showed how the fruit of their native plant collection is sorted and stored for propagation and sale. Pictured above are the English apothecary spoons that Payne himself used to sort seeds, with the tiny Chalk Dudleya specimens contrasted to the aptly named fruit of the Bigberry Manazanita.

With heavy and persistent rain in the forecast for next week and spring around the corner, now is the time to sow seeds or plant saplings. For information on the seeds from the Theodore Payne Foundation, which are carefully selected for Southern California, click here. Or, for beginners just contemplating converting to native gardening or advanced gardeners always eager to learn more, Chance

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