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Classes & Workshops

 Sunday, February 19th, 1:00 & 3:00 p.m. - Gardens

 Medicinal Mints: native mints with medicinal properties.   Learn how to identify, grow and use these wonderful native plants. Dr. Connie Vadheim will introduce you to the plants and their properties. She will discuss ways in which medicines are prepared from native mints and their traditional and contemporary uses.  Participants will get to try some mint tea.   

Class held in the garden.

Free  (donations gratefully accepted)  
                                                           Best for ages 14 and up, adults.


Saturday, February 25th, 1:00- 4:00 p.m. - Gardens

Native Greens: native plants that can be eaten as raw or cooked greens.  Dr. Connie Vadheim will be on hand to show you some of the native greens plants we grow in our gardens.  She will answer your questions about how the greens are best prepared and used. As an added treat, native greens foods will be available for you to taste.

Class held in the garden

Free                                                                            All ages welcome.


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

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                                                          Best for ages 14 and up, adults.

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