02 January, 2008

Plant Propagation for Gardeners!

If you live in the Los Angeles area, it is possible for you to enroll in the UCLA Extension course, Plant Propagation for Gardeners that will meet on Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM at The Learning Garden. (You can contact me for directions.)

Of all the classes I teach, this is my favorite. It is held in the Garden because we DO plant propagation of all kinds. Starting with seed sowing, we move on through all the practical means of propagating plants asexually, including, cuttings of all kinds, division and grafting. Because the class is being held in Winter Quarter this year, we will be able to get rootstock and can graft apples from the trees in the Garden. We will propagate grapes, apples, figs, roses and some California natives plus a whole lot more. Field trips to The Huntington and Theodore Payne Foundation, where we get to see how they propagate, and even do some propagation at both places, are a part of the program. This provides students with several approaches to propagation and a wide variety of options that work, enabling them to find what works for them, rather than being presented only one right way.

The way I teach is to ask at the first meeting what the students want to learn and endeavor to teach them that so the class is completely accessible and useful to those who actually pay for the class.

The class meets on twelve Saturdays starting this coming Saturday, the 5th. And it IS a blast! Dress warm and be there at The Learning Garden this Saturday.

The Learning Garden is on the grounds of Venice High School (13000 Venice Blvd. Los Angeles, 90066), directly at the corner of Walgrove Avenue and Venice Blvd. Enter the Garden through the gate on Walgrove closest to Venice Blvd. Prospective students may email me for my phone number if they wish more information.


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