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Classes & Workshops

Tuesday, March 7th, 6:00- 7:45 p.m. – Gardena Library
The Gentle Art of Espalier: Growing Trees and Large shrubs in Narrow Spaces - Just because you have a small garden doesn’t mean you can plant native shrubs, vines and even some trees. Dr. Connie Vadheim (emeritus - CSU Dominguez Hills) will discuss practical choices for narrow screens and espalier (growing trees along a wall) as part of the gardening series “Out of the Wilds and Into Your Garden”.  Tuesday, March 7th, 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Gardena Mayme Dear Library, 1731 W. Gardena Blvd., Gardena.  For additional information call (310) 217-0681 or visit www.gardenawillows.org.  This is the only gardening series to feature native plants appropriate for the Gardena/South Bay area – and it’s FREE!  This program is sponsored by the Friends of Gardena Willows Wetland Preserve.  

Most suitable for adults                                FREE donations gratefully accepted


Saturday, March 11th, 10:00 & 11:00 a.m. - Garden
The Art & Science of Espalier - Espalier Pruning Workshop :  Bring your pruners and learn how espaliers are pruned.  We’ve got several plants at different stages of development: Toyon, Hollyleaf redberry, Anna apple, Chokecherry and Canyon silktassel. All are ready for some pruning.  We’ll consider what needed to be done, make some pruning choices, re-tie branches and anything else that needs to be done.  Learn by doing.

Class held in the garden.                           Free (but donations gratefully accepted)                                                                     Best for ages 14 and up, adults.

Saturday, March 25th, 1:00- 4:00 p.m. - Garden

Potpourri Workshop.  Come make some unique, signature potpourri using native plant materials and other scents.  This is fun for all – even if you’ve never made potpourri before.  We’ll walk you through the steps.

Class held in the garden                       Free (but donations gratefully accepted) All ages welcome.

Saturday, April 8th, 10:00 & 11:00 a.m. - Garden

Soothing Sunflowers: Sunflowers that can be used to sooth achy joints and muscles (and how to prepare & use them) – Some of our native sunflowers are not only pretty, but they’re also good medicine.   Dr. Connie Vadheim will introduce you to some of the best ones that we grow in our gardens.  She’ll discuss traditional and contemporary medicinal uses and show you how to prepare a simple tincture.   You’ll even be able to try some of these medicines on your achy joints.

Class held in the garden.                      Free (but donations gratefully accepted)
Best for ages 14 and up, adults.



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