02.27.2012 Club Week Washout

Spring 2012 Club Week

Tomorrow is the start of Club Week. Please come by and join us from 10 am to 3 pm. On Tuesday and Thursday at noon, AS will be providing free food.

Our first meeting will be on March 9, 2012 at 2:00 pm in the PCC Organic Garden (outside the L Bldg.).

Club Week
Courtesy Jason Carman

02.26.2012 Oxy Student Garden

We visited the student garden at the Oxy’s Urban and Environmental Policy Institute (UEPI). They have everything from chickens to a large composting program. Even, the tool shed is solar powered. Check out the UEPI blog.

Bruce Steele Garden

UEPI Student Garden

Oxy Chickens


Mini Greenhouse

Rainbow Chard

garden strawberries

Courtesy Jason Carman

02.25.2012 Tomatomania 2012

Time — 9am until 5pm

Name — Tomatomania!
Sponsoring Group — Grow Native Nursery Westwood and Tomatomania!

Location Address — One Davis Avenue (at Davis and Constitution), Los Angeles, CA 90049 Directions http://rsabg.org/westwood?start=1
Additional event information — When is the last time you saw a green zebra running through your California native garden?

Grow Native Nursery Westwood welcomes Tomatomania!
Featuring guest speakers
Scott Daigre and John Lyons
… Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
This is a free event!

The longest-running and largest heirloom tomato event in the nation gets a California native plant twist.

Join us at Tomatomania’s newest LA location, Grow Native Nursery Westwood. Select from hundreds of heirloom and hybrid tomato varieties and learn how to raise delicious tomatoes from seedlings and how to grow the best of both worlds—edibles and beautiful California native plants!

Tomatoes and CA natives? Together? Absolutely. Neither needs as much water as you might think! Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden and Grow Native Nursery are pleased to announce that tomato-guru Scott Daigre and landscape designer John Lyons will be guest speakers at Tomatomania.

Scott Daigre
Friday, March 30, 1 p.m.
“TOMATOMANIA: How to Grow Perfect Home Grown Tomatoes”
Leading the team of tomatomaniacs is Scott Daigre, owner of Powerplant Garden Design based in Ojai, California. A dedicated home gardener, Daigre shares his love of digging in the dirt through event appearances, speaking engagements, books, and videos that offer tools and tips for amateur and veteran gardeners alike. Read more about Tomatomania and Daigre at Tomatomaina.com.

John Lyons
Saturday, March 31, 11 a.m.
“The California Native and Edible Landscape”
For a decade now, Lyons has immersed himself in California horticulture. He has a particular fondness for California native plants and water-wise gardening. An avid practitioner of organic garden cultivation, he has a reputation for his passion and zeal which produce spectacular results. Read more about Lyons on his website The Woven Garden.

Internet link for more information –http://www.facebook.com/events/307729935942256/#!/events/307729935942256// and http://rsabg.org/nursery/707-tomatomania-mar-30-and-31

Phone and Email — Colleen Wheeler, 424-234-0481 cwheeler@rsabg.org
Colleen M. WheelerNursery ManagerGrow Native NurseryRancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden424-234-0481cwheeler@rsabg.org

Source: Yvonne Savio “3/30-31, 9am-5pm: Tomatomani​a, LA 90049” email to Seeds. 21 Feb. 2012

02.24.2012 Throop Learning Garden

Throop Church on Del Mar has replaced their grass lawn with native plants and food forest. To learn how you can help or progress photos, please visit the NELA-Transtion Garden website. Check out the video maded by Sherine Adeli:

02.21.2012 Arroyo Seco Clean-up Recap

We had a fun time hiking the Arroyo Seco while removing the trash. A big thank you to the Cross Culture Center for providing the transportation. Also, a thank you to the Arroyo Seco Foundation for hosting the clean-up.

Walk by the Arroyo Seco



Claytonia perfoliata

Arroyo Toad?

Water Pipes and the Arroyo

Geology of Arroyo Seco

Courtesy Jason Carman