Upcoming Talks

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Today was the first of a flurry of talks and classes that I am giving in the next couple of months. Grounds and park maintenance workers from LA Department of Water and Power and the National Park Service, and Youth Environmental Stewards from North East Trees attended the first of a two-day seminar on Care and Maintenance of Drought Tolerant/Low Impact Development Landscapes offered by the LA San Gabriel Rivers Watershed Council. We met at the TreePeople facility where staff gave the group a tour of the site – before the heavy rain started to fall – pointing out many of its sustainable design features including storm water retention, the large underground cistern, the educational La Kretz Urban Watershed Garden, and the LEED -platinum certified Conference Center.

Cistern that stores runoff on site for future landscape use.

Demonstration garden with sustainable landscaping elements.

Lovely garden with organic and inorganic mulch and Canyon Prince giant ryegrass (Leymus condensatus ‘Canyon Prince’).

During the day speakers (Betsey Landis, Ellen Mackey, Linda Eremita, and myself) discussed soils, plant selection and installation, water management, pruning and care, pests, and weeds. The second session will be a field practicum held on February 2nd at Rio de Los Angeles Park.

Here’s a list, with links, of other talks and activities I will participating in:
January 23, 10:30 am – 4 pm, Planting Party, South Pas Nature Park
January 30, 9:30 am – noon, From Lawn to Garden, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
February 2, 7:00 am – 2:30 pm, Care & Maintenance Seminar, LASGRWC, LADWP

February 6, 9 am – 1 pm, Native Plant Garden Maintenance, Theodore Payne Foundation (Error correction on the TPF talk: Saturday2/6)
February 20, 8:45 am – 5 pm, Native Plant Landscape Symposium, CNPS – Channel Island Chapter
March 13, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm, Gardening with Native Bunchgrasses, Theodore Payne Foundation
Hope to see some of you there but if you can’t make it check out my website for the powerpoint presentations.

6 thoughts on “Upcoming Talks

  1. I won't be able to join you, so I'll have to console myself with the Powerpoint on your website! Have fun and thanks for educating others about sustainable planting!

  2. And if you'll let me put in a sidenote- just got my CNPS newsletter and loved your article. Your writing is always a joy to read!

  3. susie

    Hi Barbara, I've been trying to get to Theodore Payne…I've never been there. Will try to make it to your maintenance class. I have so many questions for you.

  4. Thanks Christine and Susie. Do hope to see you at TPF, Susie. It's a really cool place. Thanks again Christine. Been working hard on organizing the volunteer planting tomorrow at the Nature Park. Too busy!

  5. Thanks for posting the content of your presentations. Your powerpoints are always great and I'm sure the live presentations are even better.

  6. Thanks, James.

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