It’s almost Thanksgiving (How did this happen?!), and the holidays are definitely upon us, with festive light shows blooming at many SoCal botanic gardens. My neighbors are already lacing their yards with lights.
There’s still time to make your holiday wreath. (Tree of Life Nursery has an excellent video explaining how, if you can’t make one of the classes below.) November is also a great time to start a compost pile, even if it’s just raking a pile of leaves into a corner of your property to break down over the winter.
Many municipalities offer free or low-cost composting lessons and bins. Some have suspended classes because of the pandemic, but Los Angeles County Public Works, for instance, still offers classes online and bins for $40. Smaller worm composting bins, a good size for a balcony, are $65. Check what’s available from your local jurisdiction.
Don’t have leaves? Offer to rake a neighbor’s yard or gather them from the street before the sweepers come. Leaves break down over the winter, nourishing the beneficial microbes that create good soil and help plants thrive. Worms love leaf litter too and their castings — poop — are a nutrient-rich amendment to any garden (and much cheaper than buying by the bag at nurseries).
Here are 18 plant-related events and activities in the L.A. area from mid-November into January. Email garden- and plant-related events to [email protected] at least three weeks before the event, and we might include them in the calendar.
Through Dec. 5
The California Native Plant Society’s Wreath Masters competition invites individuals and organizations to create wreaths mostly (51%) composed of California native plants in a free monthlong contest. Winners in the six categories receive a limited-edition foil print by botanical artist Justina Freel; the best-of-show winner gets a framed original work of art by Freel. The categories are “Most ‘I want to hang this on my door,’” “Most avant-garden,” “Most naturalistic,” “Most whimsical,” “Kid’s category” for entrants under 18, and “Best in show” (all entries will be considered in this category). Photos of the completed wreaths must be submitted by Dec. 5. Last year’s entries and instructions for making wreaths are on the website, as are wreath-making workshops around California. cnps.org
Through Dec. 10
Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy’s fall butterfly gift packages are available for pre-order for $40, with pickup between 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 11 at the George F Canyon Nature Preserve, 27305 Palos Verdes Dr. E. in Rolling Hills Estates. The gift packages include four flowering native plants that are good for pollinators in Southern California: seacliff buckwheat (Eriogonum parvifolium), the host plant for the El Segundo blue butterfly; purple sage (Salvia leucophylla), the California bush sunflower (Encelia californica); and the golden poppy (Eschscholzia californica), all grown in the conservancy’s nursery. A spring pollinator gift basket of native plants is also available for pickup in March, which includes milkweed (Asclepias fascicularis), host plant for the monarch butterfly; wishbone (Mirabilis laevis); succulent lupine (Lupinus succulentus)
and bladderpod (Peritoma arborea). pvplc.org
Through Jan. 16
Lightscape at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave. in Arcadia, is the resumption of the arboretum’s annual nighttime holiday event, which was canceled last year because of the …….