April fully loaded

Lemonade entrepreneurs kept visitors hydrated at last year's Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase.

April 2011 may go down in the record books as the best month ever for tours, classes and plant sales held by Southern California’s gathering water and energy conservation movements. Click here for a full listing, then ready your date books. By all means check out the rest of the March calendar as well.

September fully loaded

Summer heat is late and fiery days are surely ahead in Southern California, so planting season is still months away. However, the number of courses aimed at helping homeowners and facilities managers convert from lawn to less wasteful landscapes ramps up in September. Book now to attend the Pacific Horticulture Society’s “Gardening under Mediterranean Skies” symposium from September 23-26 in Arcadia or click here for a full calendar of region-wide events. If you have an event to include, please send details to emily.green [@] mac.com.

August fully loaded

Wet gardens need grooming once a week. Dry ones demand attention once a quarter. To learn what to cut and when, do take the native plant maintenance courses offered this month at the Theodore Payne Foundation in Sun Valley or Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont. Then, with all the time you’ve saved, join the wonderful Leigh Adams at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden to learn how to make mosaics. The class stipulates that you make a birdbath. An oppressive stroke. Tile the town! There is no cheaper, prettier or more fun way to add color to a dormant garden. If none of that appeals, there are bird walks and bike rides in the newly compiled dry garden events calender for August.

Western datebook: Meet, learn, shop

Photo: Annie Wells

For those staying out of the malls and in the know, here are a few good events for the upcoming week:

Tuesday December 1:

Public meeting on the proposed Los Angeles Low Impact Development Ordinance

Plant Information with Frank McDonough, Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden

LA River Revitalization Corporation meeting, via LA Creek Freak

Friday December 4:

Winter Cactus and Succulent Show and Sale, Fullerton Arboretum

Saturday December 5:

Go Wild Native Plant Sale, Malibu Creek Watershed Council / Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains, Topanga Ranch

Plant Identification, Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, Arcadia

California Friendly Landscape Workshop, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Harbor City

Garden Tour, Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College, El Cajon

California Native Plant Society, Los Angeles and Santa Monica Chapter, Field trip and habitat restoration, Cold Creek Preserve

For more events

Western datebook: the Green River

THIS PHOTOGRAPH by Robert Turner of a storm over the Green River in Canyonlands National Park, Utah, will be on display for one more week as part of the “Rare Places in a Rare Light” exhibit at the G2 Gallery in Venice, California.

Meanwhile Nancy Green’s documentary “Green River: Divided Waters” will air on Utah’s PBS station KUED, on November 9th and again November 15th.

Via the Great Basin Water Network.

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