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Thursday Garden Talks with Lili Singer at the Arboretum

Irises for Southern California with John Schoustra – April 2

Irises are among the world’s most beautiful, useful and beloved flowers. A diverse array of amazing irises, many in bloom, will be described and sold this morning. John is the owner of Greenwood Daylily Gardens (, a world-renowned grower of daylilies, irises, geraniums and more. He also holds a degree in landscape architecture and has more than 25 years experience in landscape construction and management.

Trees for Urban Gardens with Tim Lindsay – April 9            

This illustrated lecture offers a variety of ornamental trees that thrive in our Mediterranean-climate. Enticing choices for large and small gardens will be included. Tim is superintendent of the Virginia Robinson Gardens in Beverly Hills. 

Field Trip: Australian Native Plants, Ventura, and Ojai Foundation’s Council House Green Roof  – April 16 – 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The Ojai Foundation Council House is as Earth-conscious as it is lovely. Solar-heated water circulating beneath the “green” wood floor heat its main room, and a “living roof ” of tiny plants protect it from Ojai’s 100-degree summer days. The Council House will be kept cool by thoughtful design and partnership with nature, rather than mechanical air conditioning.

The first stop on this botanical adventure is Jo O’Connell’s Australian Native Plants, a gem of a nursery specializing in fabulous flora from Down Under. Carpooling is encouraged, but do save room for plant purchases! Next, we’ll visit the Ojai Foundation’s Council House to see its new green roof, and learn all about it from the designer Christopher Bysshe. Don’t miss this stimulating and fun spring session!

A Sense of Place and a Passion for Plants with Judy Horton – April 23          

To make a garden is to make a unique place. Discover one celebrated designer’s process as she discusses gardens she has created, gardens she has admired and how plants she loves can be used to create spaces that speak to the local climate and landscape. Judy is a lifelong gardener who has been designing gardens in Southern California for over 15 years. Her work has been featured in numerous local and national publications.

Creating Eco-friendly Water Gardens with Steve Sandalis – May 7             

res13 The class covers basic design and construction of water gardens, ponds and lakes – correctly constructed water features that can be very low maintenance. The key: create a water feature that works with Mother Nature, not against her. Steve is the engaging owner of Mystic Water Gardens ( His work has been featured on TV and in print, and he was awarded “Best Water Feature in the State of California” by the California Landscape Contractors Association in 2006. 

Field Trip: Mia Italia, Sierra Madre, with lecture by Christopher Bysshe – May 14 – 10:00 a.m.-Noon         

The spring series ends with a special tour of the Italian Renaissance garden of Mia Italia, a recently updated, historic Sierra Madre property. The landscape’s designer will be our guide and discuss issues and guidelines for working with historic sites. Chris is the owner of Christopher Bysshe Landscape Design ( His work integrates art, beauty and the environment with architecture and landscape traditions.

Spring garden talks are held Thursdays, March 19 – May 14 from 9:30am–Noon, unless otherwise noted. Please note special times for Field Trips; Field trips are self- driven and require pre- registration
Cost for the sessions is $100 for the series, $20 per class. Reservations are available or you may pay at the door. Information and registration can be found by calling 626-821-4623 or sending an email to

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