26 March, 2014

Greener Gardens Class To Be Offered At The Learning Garden

Greener Gardens: Sustainable Garden Practice

I'll be teaching this Spring Quarter with Orchid Black again - this will be our fourth time teaching this class and every time it has been a fun and informative class!  This will be the first time it will be taught at the Learning Garden - and I, for one, am very excited about it.  

Sustainability is a current buzzword with many people seeking to create a lifestyle creating a more favorable impact on the environment. From home and school gardens, to commercial sites, our gardens present the perfect place to start. Designed for horticulture students, gardening professionals, educators, home gardeners and those interested in a more sustainable lifestyle, this course focuses on turning your green thumb into a "greener" garden. Topics include composting, irrigation, water harvesting, water wise plants, eating and growing local produce, recycling, and moving away from a consumptive, non-sustainable lifestyle when choosing materials and tools. Includes weekend field trips to the Los Angeles River to see our relationship with water in the L.A. Basin, as well as the Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden, focusing not only on California native plants but also on water-conserving planting design. Students also visit the John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies at Cal Poly Pomona, which advances the principles of environmentally sustainable living through education, research, demonstration, and community outreach. 

Class is held Monday evenings, 6:30-9:30 PM at The Learning Garden on the grounds of Venice High School.  Enter from Walgrove Avenue and find the classroom in the shade house.  Dress in layers in case it is one of those cool summer nights near the beach.  Three field trips as above.  

Enrollment is via UCLA Extension.  


1 comment:

  1. Hi David! Great blog! I was wondering if you wouldn't mind sharing information about our TOMATO-BRATION coming up next weekend with your readers.

    The 10th Annual Tomato-bration™, L.A.’s only all-organic and biodynamic, heirloom tomato plant sale and workshop will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 5th & 6th, 9:00 a.m. to 4 :00 p.m. at Ocean View Farms Community Garden in West Los Angeles. At 10:00 a.m. Barbara Spencer of Windrose Farms will present a free class on growing tomatoes organically.

    Windrose will offer nearly 100 varieties of biodynamically grown heirloom tomatoes, herbs and other plants for sale at Ocean View Farms Organic Community Garden, located at S. Centinela and Rose Ave., on a six acre hillside overlooking the Santa Monica Bay. Although organic, the plants are competitively priced with conventionally grown tomatoes offered at local garden centers.