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Billy Goodnick
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Design Like a Pro: Demystifying the Art of Garden Design

​​Using his upbeat delivery style, Billy Goodnick will teach you how to Design Like a Pro. Billy will be sharing his design tips and demystifying the principles to create gardens that are beautiful, useful and sustainable. Surrounded by dozens of plants from local nurseries, Billy will explain how to get the most out of every plant you purchase. Bonus: He’ll be selling and signing copies of his book “Yards: Turn Any Outdoor Space Into the Garden of Your Dreams” ($17.95). billygoodnick3.com

May 17th
10:00 AM
Erik Cutter
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Growing Vertically

​To his exciting position as Managing Director of Alegría Farm at the Great Park in Irvine, Erik Cutter brings a background in Biochemistry and Oncology, and a passion for creating haute cuisine using the finest ingredients. Erik will introduce you to the amazing benefits of consuming clean & natural locally grown food. By demonstrating the use of hydroponic vertical planters, his goals include connecting individuals easily with where their food comes from and how it grows and teaching healthy eating habits. alegriafresh.com 

May 17th
11:00 AM
Debra Lee Baldwin
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How to Plant a Succulent Container Garden

Succulent expert Debra Lee Baldwin will demonstrate how to create a lovely succulent container garden.  debraleebaldwin.com 

May 17th
12:00 PM
Cat Waters
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Creating a Vibrant Urban Habitat

​Creating a welcoming habitat for birds on an urban lot with the right plants to offer food and shelter to migrating and permanent birds resulted in way more incredible results than Cat and Robert Waters bargained for! Cat will explain the creation and evolution of their beautiful drought-tolerant urban garden located in Downey. What began as a vacant lot has been crafted into an attractive native plant oasis for birds, insects and other fun critters. Over 100 bird species have been spotted in or flying over this garden.  Cat will inspire you by telling their story, giving suggestions for easy plants that are magnets to birds, and describing the ever changing setting for their flying visitors as different plants bloom and fruit.  Her enthusiasm is infectious!  Their garden will again be featured in WildBird magazine.

May 17th
1:00 PM
Billy Goodnick
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Los Rios Park Walk-about: Seeing the Garden Through a Designer’s Eyes

​There’s no substitute for getting out in the garden with a trained designer to understand why we like what we like, then using that understanding to improve our own garden’s design. All well designed gardens, regardless of their location or style, employ the same basic principles to create beautiful, memorable, regionally appropriate spaces and plantings. Join Billy Goodnick as he uses Los Rios Park’s Montanez Adobe gardens as an outdoor design classroom. Learn new plants and pick up a few new design ideas for your own garden. billygoodnick3.com

May 17th
1:00 PM
Kathryn Agresto
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Culinary Garden Design

​Whether it’s greens for salads, seasonal vegetables and fruits, or specific herbs for an ethnic cuisine, Kathryn Agresto will explain the importance of design as well as your wish list for your own kitchen garden. Based on your space, menu needs and seasonal conditions, she will present the need for a plot layout,  plant list, site parameters, construction of raised beds, soil prep, irrigation (drip or tape), planting with seeds or seedlings, permaculture landscaping, and vertical gardens.  nativesoilgardens.com

May 17th
2:00 PM
Mike Evans
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CA Natives/Connection to your Garden

​When it comes to extensive experience in ecological restoration, habitat enhancement and authentic landscaping, there is only one Mike Evans. Focusing on stewardship of the land, he is truly dedicated to the concept of horticulture appropriate to this beautiful region called California. Mike, co-owner of Tree of Life Nursery, the largest native plant supplier in the state, provides a means by which California’s precious flora can return to the land. California’s unique climate, history and culture provide us with a canvas for a classic painting. He will share the exciting genuine landscape that has taken root and is growing in California native gardens.  californianativeplants.com

May 17th
3:00 PM
Lucy Warren & Greg Rubin
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Improve Your Garden- Create Beauty and Save Water

​Learn the secrets of creating evergreen, low water, low maintenance landscapes that are beautiful year round from Lucy Warren, horticultural writer and Greg Rubin, owner of California's Own Native Landcape firm who have collaborated on a new book all about desigining with native plants. Find out how to succeed with native plants within your design preference  for a lush, colorful, thriving landscape. Learn about the importance of smart garden design and combining the right plants to promote the natural symbiosis that occurs within plant communities. Cutting edge information on the crucial role that natives play in creating a fire resistant landscape refuting the myth that natives are more fire prone than non-natives. calown.com 

May 18th
10:00 AM
Tom Jesch
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Romantic Roses

​Come discover the unconventional perspectives on roses which Tom Jesch will present to you.  HIs methods are grounded in his many years of experience as a grower and founder of Waterwise Botanicals.  In his entertaining and always unique approach, he will have you laughing and learning as you navigate roses in the landscape, from antiques to present day varieities with their masses of color.  He will share their care, pruning, culture, water needs, and a special introduction to Waterwise Botanicals unique varieties which make upthe 10's of thousands of roses Waterwise Botanicals grows each year!  A field trip to his nursery will need to happen soon!  waterwisebotanicals.com 

May 18th
11:00 AM
Evan Marks
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Household Water Strategies

​To ensure a clean and abundant water supply in the future, everyone should and can begin home conservation.  The Executive Director of the Ecology Center will inform you about graywater harvesting, improved garden design for water efficiency and rainwater harvesting which can all be accomplished.  1 inch of rain diverted into rain barrels can provide up to 1800 gallons for your garden, diverting runoff to the ocean and cutting energy consumption. Come learn from Evan the how to's for water reduction, reusing and recycling for your garden or in your home.  theecologycenter.org

May 18th
12:00 PM
Erik Cutter
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Garden Soxx

​GardenSoxx are ideal for creating a low maintenance community garden anywhere–on the corner lot with poor soil, or in an old parking lot with no soil at all. Weeds can quickly get ahead of the gardener who is not present daily, but not with GardenSoxx–they keep weed seeds out! Come learn from the managing director of Alegri Farm at the Great Park in Irvine, Erik Cutter, who will demonstrate how to use the Garden Soxx to create traditional plots or rows, or unique layouts. No soil testing, saves time & money, installs anywhere - on top of grass, gravel, or impervious surfaces, is low maintenance. Easy to install, easy to water, easily relocated. Unique layouts are possible - plots, rows, or custom shapes.

May 18th
1:00 PM
Debra Lee Baldwin
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​Great Succulents for Southern California Landscapes

Succulent expert Debra Lee Baldwin will introduce various types of succulents, discuss their care, and describe what makes each interesting and unique. debraleebaldwin.com

May 18th
2:00 PM
Janet Andrews & Kelly Yrarrazaval
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Backyard Bees: Keeping Hives Alive!

​Backyard Bees which provides the rescue and relocation of honeybee colonies was founded by Janet Andrews & Kelly Yrarrazaval.  These two backyard urban beekeepers and farmers will tell their story of creating a sustainable exciting small business and how they provide treatment free, unfiltered, local honey & beeswax products to Orange County and beyond. They will teach you about organic beekeeping methods, the fascinating inner workings of the hive, rescuing hives, backyard beekeeping, and the amazing facts about honey.  backyardbees.net 

May 18th
3:00 PM

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Goin Native Therapeutic Gardens is committed to providing horticultural education, emotional & physical rehabilitation, and practical life skills to people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, while promoting environmental sustainability and saving community resources.

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