Local Happenings

In a County of over 10 million, there’s always something going on! Below is a quick run down of LA and OC-region events and organizations that might be of interest. Please note, this list includes a broad breadth of topics and is not exclusive to edible gardening.

Gardens

The Fullerton Arboretum offers free nature tours every Saturday. Admission is a $5 recommended donation.

The Natural History Museum‘s Summer Nights is an open-air party where you can get a tour of the gardens, listen to live music, have your child or grandchild see live animals, etc. all for free! The next, and final event of the series, takes place July 28.

The Manhattan Beach Botanical Gardens has free bird walks most 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month. Admission is also free!

The Friends of Griffith Park host events like: presentations from the LA Zoo, Native Angelino history, volunteer activities, etc. Upcoming events include:

  • Summer Science Series: Raptor Study Results – August 8
  • Fern Dell area restoration volunteer day – August 10

Orange County Coastkeeper Garden hosts workshops and a monthly plant swap. In addition to running garden volunteer events, Orange County Coastkeeper, also hosts beach/creek clean ups and pollution reporting activities.

Gardening

LA Community Garden Council hosts workshops and garden volunteer days throughout LA County. If you’d like to be involved or get a plot, they have an interactive map.

The SoCal Horticultural Society hosts various gardening talks, walks/tours, and other gardening information.

TreePeople hosts a variety of informational workshops, volunteer events throughout LA county, school events, etc.  They also have a lot of urban and mountain forestry resources and information on maintaining trees.

Native Plants

The state-wide California Native Plant Society has a lot of information concerning planting and using California natives, conservation, rare plants, etc. A very in-depth resource for native plant aficionados. Local chapters have local plant guides, informational events, wildflower viewing information, plant walks & tours, volunteer events, and more.

The Theodore Payne Foundation has: a large variety of native seeds and seedlings for sale, a lot of information on caring for native plants, a small but free-to-visit California art gallery, and runs a wildflower hotline. On the grounds you can also go on the Wildflower Hills Trail.

Food-Related Opportunities

Food Forward rescues surplus produce from farmers markets, backyard fruit tree owners, and wholesale vendors. You can sign up to volunteer or donate your fruit (volunteers will come and pick your fruit trees)!

Pick Your Own Farms: