Take a farm tour, plant an herb garden and many other SoCal plant events for fall

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Here we are, late October, so everyone should have a pumpkin or two on their porch or balcony, waiting to be dug and carved, right? Don’t sculpt them too much early. In the fall heat of SoCal, jack o ‘lanterns last no more than a day or two before they start to dissolve.

Of course you can always poke around pumpkin patches and keep your favorite gourds intact as a base for a homemade succulent pumpkin to display during the holidays; the flatter and wider the top, the better. These living decorations last for months as long as the pumpkin’s shell is kept intact and out of direct sunlight, and they’re incredibly easy and satisfying to make, even for artisans whose finished projects usually look like preschool rejects.

In the meantime, our new garden calendar is full of plant-related events, especially if you’re on the hunt for native plants (now’s a great time to plant – check out Flowering! California for inspiration) or learn more about growing food organically. Make it a day by visiting farms and ranches on Ventura County Farm Day or sign up for a class on starting plants from seeds or creating an herb garden .

Email garden and plant related events to [email protected] at least three weeks before the event, and we could include them in the schedule.

October 23-24

Orange County Chrysanthemum Society Exhibition and Sale of Chrysanthemums is scheduled for Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway in Corona del Mar. The show, from 10:30 am to 4 pm, will feature moms classes, question-and-answer sessions and plenty of plants for sale. The show is free with $ 5 entry to the gardens (free for members). thesherman.org

23 Oct-Nov 1

San Diego Botanical Garden Fall Festival highlights harvest plants, including pumpkins and fall festivals such as Halloween and Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos), and includes two days of events from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on October 23 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on October 31. will be live music, crafts and other activities, including a Día de los Muertos ofrenda, or altar, created by the artist Katie Ruiz, to honor loved ones who have passed away. Free with entry to the 37-acre gardens; otherwise, $ 18 for adults, $ 12 for students, seniors and serving military personnel, $ 10 for children aged 3 to 17. sdbgarden.org

24 october

Start a herb garden or expand an existing garden is a course offered by Master Gardener George Pessin, Curator of the Greystone Demonstration Garden at Greystone Manor, 905 Loma Vista Drive in Beverly Hills. It is 10 am to 11:30 am Bring your own 6 to 8 inch pot and bring home a herbaceous plant; the instructor will provide the seedlings and potting soil. Tickets cost $ 15 ($ 12 for Beverly Hills residents). Class size limited to 12. secure.rec1.com

October 26-Nov. 6

Theodore Payne Foundation Fall Plant Sale offer the native plant foundationLargest selection of native California plants for the year, plus expert advice, activities for kids, and discounted prices (15% off for members, 10% off for non-members). Admission is free, but attendees must RSVP to maintain safe crowd sizes for COVID at the nursery at 10459 Tuxford St. in Sun Valley. eventbrite.com

October 30

A presentation on the oak forests of Harmon Canyon in Ventura County with Los Padres ForestWatch Director of Conservation, Bryant Baker, will run from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Harmon Canyon Preserve, 7511 Foothill Road. This is part of the Ventura Land Trust’s OAKtober Oak Awareness Month events. Baker will delve into the habitat, biology, and natural history of the county’s oak forests and Los Padres National Forest. Participants will meet at the Harmon Canyon Preserve trailhead and walk a short distance to an oak grove. venturalandtrust.org

November 4

Sherman Library & Gardens Holiday Gift Show & Launch of the volunteer cookbook features seasonal herbs, handmade items and copies of “First Monday Coffee,” a 123-recipe cookbook created by the Volunteer Assn. from Sherman Library & Gardens, with illustrations by artist Carol Kreider. Entrance to the gardens is free during the fair, which runs from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 2647 E. Coast Highway in Corona del Mar. thesherman.org

November 5-6

Fullerton Arboretum California Sale of Native Plants at 1900 Associated Road in Fullerton offers over 100 varieties of native plants grown at the Arboretum in addition to over 50 other varieties of flowering shrubs, trees, vines, grasses and succulents. The November 5 sale from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. is open to Arboretum members and Cal State Fullerton card holders. The November 6 sale is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Members get a 10% discount on all plant purchases. fullertonarboretum.org

November 6

Ventura County Farm Day offers free self-guided tours of at least 13 farms, ranches and farm organizations in Ventura, Oxnard, Camarillo and other parts of Ventura County, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event, hosted by the non-profit association lucrative Students for Eco-education and Agriculture (SEEAG), offers tours of a family apiary, an organic composting site, an alpaca ranch, berry and fruit farms, Oxnard Farm Historical Park, and several organic farms, including the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging Senior Nutrition Garden, which relies on volunteers to run a 2-acre organic farm with 50 varieties of fruits and vegetables given to needy seniors. venturacountyfarmday.com

A native plant sale sponsored by the San Gabriel Mountains Chapter of the California Native Plant Society in partnership with the city of Monrovia will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Monrovia Historical Museum, 742 E. Lemon Ave. Volunteers are needed to help with the sale, organized by Artemisia nursery. Part of the profits will be donated to Monrovia Canyon Park volunteers, which help maintain the park and trails repaired after the Bobcat fire in 2020. A full list of plants and seeds for sale can be found at cnps-sgm.org.

Who eats your garden? A workshop on biological pest and disease control at Cook’s Garden, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 1033, boulevard Abbot Kinney, in Venice. $ 35. thecooksgarden.com

Habitat restoration in the wetlands of Los Cerritos is the theme of a volunteer event hosted by the Aquarium of the Pacific to restore 66 acres of wetlands by collecting seeds from rare plants, planting varieties native to the area, and removing invasive non-native species. The event takes place the first Saturday of each month through December 4 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Volunteers should meet at Pacific Coast Highway and 1st Street in Seal Beach at 10:15 am Children under 14 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Closed shoes are required; hats and sunscreen are highly recommended. Water will be provided but this is a plastic bottle free event so bring your own reusable water bottle. Registration is not compulsory. aquariumofpacific.org

November 9

“All About Strawberries” with the Orange County Organic Gardening Club at 7:30 p.m. at Centennial Farm at the OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa. Lucie Galvin, sustainable gardening teacher and designer, talks in depth about strawberries and how to grow them successfully at home. Entrance is free and the mask is compulsory for all participants. For more information, send an email to [email protected]

November 14th

Garden plant and sip workshop at Cook’s Garden, 1033 Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm This workshop led by owner Geri Miller will teach participants how to plant their own herb garden in a biodegradable pot that they can take home. They can also enjoy two glasses of wine and a selection of cheeses, dried fruits and chocolates. Participants must be 21 years of age or older and present a COVID vaccination card at the door. $ 65. thecooksgardenvenice.com

The Elm Avenue Community Garden Cleaning and Winter Gardening Class are 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 44841 Elm Ave. in downtown Lancaster. Volunteers will clean the walkways during the winter growing season and receive instructions to create and protect a winter garden from Master Gardener Dave Mashore. The Elm Avenue Community Garden is an organic garden that grows and harvests vegetables, fruits and herbs to share with the community. The event is free. Find out more on his Facebook page: Elm Avenue Community Garden – an AV growth project.

November 20

Garden seed and sip workshop at Cook’s Garden, 1033 Abbot Kinney in Venice, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., owner Geri Miller will assist participants in planting seeds in a coconut seedling tray with a seed starter mix and an assortment of seeds. They can also enjoy two glasses of beer or wine with a selection of cheeses, dried fruits and nuts. Participants must be 21 years of age or older and present a COVID vaccination card at the door. $ 65. thecooksgardenvenice.com

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.

Terri S. Tomasini