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California Native Garden Maintenance: A Hands-On Beginner’s Guide

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California Native Garden Maintenance: A Hands-On Beginner’s Guide

September 18 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Part lecture, part hands-on guide designed to help local gardeners take the fear out of planting, pruning and watering their native plants

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Join us outdoors and in-person for a fun class covering the basics of installing and maintaining your native plant landscape. From irrigation tips, proper plant selection, ideas on how and when to fertilize and prune, and figuring out why your plants are dying or look half-dead, this workshop is perfect for beginning and intermediate gardeners, and folks with new or young native plant gardens.

Completely outdoors at the King Gillette Ranch Visitors Center, the class begins with a short lecture covering basic native plant maintenance techniques and ideas. The class then jumps into the garden at the visitors center to demonstrate proper planting, pruning, watering and seed collecting techniques. Attendees are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and closed shoe toes to help with installation, weeding, watering and other tasks. Folks should be prepared to sit and stand in a mix of sun and shade for the duration of the class.

The class will be led by Antonio Sanchez, nursery manager and restoration volunteer coordinator for the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Antonio has over 15 years experience growing and killing native plants in nurseries and landscapes, and led the nursery at California Botanic Garden in Claremont and was co-owner of Nopalito Native Plant Nursery in Ventura. In his spare time he enjoys listening to the native plant band Sage Against the Machine on Instagram.

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