Gardening agenda: Learn Ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arrangement


Do you have a plant class, garden tour, or other event you’d like us to mention? Email me at [email protected] – with at least three weeks notice, please! – and we can include it later. Here is the last one:

March 19

Creating communities of naturalistic plantations, a conference by Nigel Dunnett, author of Naturalistic Planting Design: The Essential Guide and professor of urban planting and horticultural design in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Sheffield, England. Dunnett is considered one of the world’s leading factory designers and his speech is sponsored by Assn. professional landscapers from Greater Los Angeles. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Ahmanson Room of the Brady Botanical Center at the Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. Tickets starting at $ 60, with discounts for members and students.

Geraniums from A to Z, advice on the care and propagation of geraniums by horticulturalist and Master Flower Show judge Gudrun Kimmel at the Southern California Garden Club monthly meeting at Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Blvd., Encino. Entrance is free and guests are welcome. Business meeting at 9:30 am, conference at 11 am, brown bag lunch after the conference. Dessert and drink provided.

March 23

Houseplants 101, a free one-hour seminar on the care and maintenance of your indoor plants. Bring questions and photos of your problematic plants to instructor Cristina LaCom, and she will try to answer them as long as time permits. 11:00 a.m. at Potted, 3158 Los Feliz Blvd, Atwater Village.

Succulent centerpieces: living arrangements, a class in creating inexpensive, easy-to-grow centerpieces with succulents. for the home, office or patio. Instructor and succulent enthusiast Sandy Masuo will provide the potting soil and succulents, you bring a container that is 10 by 10 inches or less, preferably with drainage holes. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Westside Extension at West Los Angeles College, 9000 Overland Ave., Culver City. $ 39 plus $ 5 for hardware costs. Sign up online To

March, 31st

Sogetsu San Fernando Valley Japanese Garden and Ikebana Branch hosts demonstrations of ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging and an arrangement exhibition from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Japanese Garden, 6100 Woodley Ave., Van Nuys. The event will pay tribute to the founder of the branch, Kyoko Kassarjian Sensei, as she celebrates her 85th birthday. Demonstrations by branch members at 1 p.m. Admission is $ 5 generally, with discounts for seniors and children.

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Rosalie M. Dehner