South African Succulents
Jan
12
1:00 PM13:00

South African Succulents

 Pamla Eisenberg

Pamla Eisenberg

South African Winter Growing Succulents

Join us for a visual exploration of the unique, the hardy, the rare and the beautiful plants of South Africa, with the curator of the Huntington Desert Garden, John Trager, Saturday January 12th at 1 PM, at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden.

South Africa’s west coast is one of the five Mediterranean climate regions of the world. It is also a biodiversity hotspot for succulent plants. Some of these succulents are favorites of gardeners and collectors, while others are rarely-grown species found in only a few specialized collections, or are not in cultivation at all! This program surveys the rich diversity of South African succulents, and explores the special climatic conditions and adaptations that allow these plants to survive.

Discover the unique species successfully grown in a Californian garden, as well as the wide array of South African species growing in their natural habitat. The Huntington Desert Garden is nearly 100 years old, features more than 2,000 species of succulents and desert plants in sixty landscaped beds. This 10-acre garden display is the Huntington’s most important conservation collection and is home to an Aloe (Aloaceae) collection, constituting one of the largest collections outside Africa.

 photo by Pamla Eisenberg

photo by Pamla Eisenberg

Presentation is followed by a free Docent-Led Garden Tour of the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden at 2:15 PM.

Presentation is $5 for Garden members / $10 for public. No pre-registration required. For more information, email education@slobg.org

 photo by Derek Tribble

photo by Derek Tribble

John Trager is Curator of the Desert Collections at the Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California where he has worked since 1983. Trager’s horticultural writings have appeared in the Cactus and Succulent Journal, the Euphorbia Journal, and various other horticultural publications.  He is perhaps better known for his photography - over 2000 of his images have been published in numerous textbooks and horticultural journals.  John has traveled widely in search of plants (and insects). He holds a bachelor’s degree in Horticulture from Cal Poly Pomona and earlier studied Botany at UCSB and Santa Barbara City College.

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Macrame Plant Hanger Workshop
Jan
30
6:00 PM18:00

Macrame Plant Hanger Workshop

Spend a relaxing evening learning the basics of macrame! This workshop will be taught by Lindsey Altman of Tied & True Goods, a macrame artist based here on the central coast. You'll master the basic knots & make your very own macrame plant hanger, hung on driftwood found along our beautiful coastline.

All materials are provided, as well as a bubble vase + air plant that will fit perfectly in your new creation. Bring a friend along & enjoy a night of knotting! Class is appropriate for ages 12 and up.

$55 Garden Members / $65 Public
Use the button below to register, or contact 805.541.1400x303 to save your spot.

Class size is limited. Pre-registration required.

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Mushroom Discovery
Feb
8
to Feb 10

Mushroom Discovery

With Author, Christian Schwarz

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Are you mystified by the seasonal appearance of mushrooms? Have you always been interested, but daunted by the complexity of fungal forms? Well, now is the time to get some in-depth and hands-on training on mushroom identification! The Garden is excited to welcome Christian Schwarz from Santa Cruz, co-author of the Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast, for an in-depth look at the diverse fungi found on the central coast. Join Christian at the SLO Botanical Garden on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, February 8-10, for a class series that explores mushroom habitats and identification methods. This interdisciplinary program will engage students through a combination of classroom lecture, field exploration, and hands-on exercises.

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Topics/activities to be covered include: taxonomy basics, field identification, ethical harvesting guidelines, safety issues and tips on how to avoid toxic/poisonous mushrooms, use of citizen science tools, and sampling of a variety of edible mushroom preparations, and more!

For more information and to register, email education@slobg.org or call 805.541.1400x303. Quick and Easy! Buy Tickets Below!

Friday, February 8, 5:30 - 7:30PM
Lecture: Mushrooms of SLO County

This photo-filled presentation will cover some common mushroom taxonomy and identification methods, in addition to some of the research conducted by Christian and mushrooms he has found along the central coast and beyond. You’ll get some Q&A time with Christian and look at fresh specimens. Christian will be selling and signing copies of Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast.

No reservations required.
Suggested donation $5 Garden members / $10 public.

Saturday, February 9, 10 - 4PM
Workshop I: Mushroom Exploration and Identification Basics

Join Christian on a field trip through a portion of the SLO Botanical Garden. We will gather specimens for closer examination. We’ll discuss identification techniques and citizen science tools. Our study will emphasize a dynamic sensory awareness of the mushrooms via close observation, touching, and smelling.

Limited space available. To register call 805.541.1400x303.
$60 Garden members / $70 public.

Sunday, February 10, 10 – 4PM
Workshop II: In-depth Mushroom Identification and Tasting

We will be getting deeper into identification techniques. There will be some hands-on identification of on-site mushrooms and specimens from Christian’s collection. This class will also have the opportunity to do some mushroom tasting!

Limited space available. To register call 805.541.1400x303.
$60 Garden members / $70 public.

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Christian Schwarz is a mushroom enthusiast and taxonomist and citizen science advocate from Santa Cruz, the land of milk (caps) and honey (mushrooms). He studied at UCSC, and now spends his time photographing, teaching about, and making scientific collections of macrofungi. He is coauthor of “Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast”, and is slowly building a mycoflora for Santa Cruz County. Fungi satisfy his curiosity with their seemingly endless forms (from the grotesque to the bizarre to the sublime). He has travelled in search of fungi throughout the United States, as well as Central America, Indonesia, Borneo, and Europe. Besides mushroom taxonomy and mycofloristics, he’s an excitable birder and passionate about citizen science, particularly the use of iNaturalist.

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Spring Plant Sale Fundraiser
Mar
29
to Mar 30

Spring Plant Sale Fundraiser

Spring Fundraising Plant Sale
(Tentative to weather)
Members Only – Friday March 29, 10 AM - 1 PM
& Saturday March 30, 9 AM – 10 AM
Public Sale– Saturday, March 30, 10 AM - 1 PM

It’s time to add some new color to your garden, let us help find the perfect plant for your yard! The Garden features charismatic colorful plants that make a great statement without affecting your water bill.

Join us at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden’s semi-annual plant sale on March 30 from 10 AM to 1 PM, with a Garden Members Only Hour starting at 9 AM, and free admission into El Chorro Regional Park for everyone!

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Learn something new– This is more than just a plant sale! It is an opportunity to learn more about your climate region and see a multitude of plant species that thrive in such a climate. San Luis Obispo is in one of the five mediterranean climate zones spread throughout the world and you will find plants from these zones showcased in our beautifully landscaped garden. Plants from these mediterranean zones are well suited to our climate and are drought resistant, so be sure to wander through our Garden to get inspiration for your own landscaping!

Get expert advice– Are you having specific plant problems? Do you need advice for your garden? Come talk with our experts and find out what plants would work best for your situation. And don’t forget to grab a free cup of coffee to sip on while you “talk garden”!

Find great deals– Pay reasonable prices and support a good cause at the same time! We rely on our members and guests to support us and our work in the community. All plants will be TAX-FREE to the public from 10 AM to 1 PM. Garden members not only get an hour of Garden Members Only shopping for the best selection, they also get an additional 10% off all plant purchases!

Come back– Make sure to keep visiting; watch and learn as the garden changes. To keep up to date you can subscribe to our e-newsletter  to find out about upcoming events and classes.

For more information call at 805.541.1400 or education@slobg.org.

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Spring Audubon Bird Walk
May
4
9:00 AM09:00

Spring Audubon Bird Walk

with Morro Coast Audubon members Eric Wier & Jay Carroll

San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden is pleased to welcome Eric Wier and Jay Carroll of the Morro Coast Audubon Society on Sunday, May 4th from 9 AM to 11 AM for a birding walk for all skill levels. This engaging walk through the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden and the surrounding environs will get you acquainted with the wide variety of feathered friends found in SLO County. We will look for spring birds, with likely sightings of: White-tailed Kite, Red-shouldered Hawk, California Quail, and California Scrub-jay.

The walk will begin near the purple entrance to the SLO Botanical Garden.  If you have binoculars please bring them; if not, loaners will be available.

Walk is $5 for Garden and Audubon members / $10 non-members. Kids are FREE. Registration is preferred. To RSVP contact education@slobg.org.

A $3 fee is charged for parking by San Luis Obispo County Parks in El Chorro Regional Park April through September on weekends and holidays. Fee is waived if you pre-register.

Eric has been birding since his teen years, and has enjoyed searching out birds from arctic Alaska to Costa Rica. Jay’s interest in birds began with shorebird censuses in Elkhorn Slough in the 1970s and later expanded during trips to southeast Alaska, the Galapagos Islands, and Australia.  He has lived on the Central Coast for over 35 years.

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Fall Audubon Bird Walk
Oct
19
9:00 AM09:00

Fall Audubon Bird Walk

with  Morro Coast Audubon members, Jessica Griffiths

San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden is pleased to welcome back  Jessica Griffiths of the Morro Coast Audubon Society for a birding walk through the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden and the surrounding environs including El Chorro Regional Park, Dairy Creek, the Bluebird Trail, and the grassy hillsides. This bird walk will be approximately one mile long at a slow to moderate pace, depending on where and how often we're seeing birds.  The terrain is gentle, over a variety of surfaces.  People of any birding skill level are welcome.  We'll expect to see dozens of species in a variety of habitats, with likely sightings of: White-tailed Kite, Red-shouldered Hawk, California Quail, Western Scrub-jay, Western Bluebird and possible nesting Black-headed Grosbeaks and orioles. If you have binoculars please bring them; if not, loaners will be available. Walk will begin near Garden entrance.

Walk is $5 for Garden members/$10 non-members.  
Please RSVP. For more information and to RSVP contact education@slobg.org.

County Parks charges a $3 parking fee weekends, April – September. Carpool and save!

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Jessica Griffiths has been working as a field biologist for over 15 years. She grew up in Chicago, and received her undergraduate degree at Wellesley College outside of Boston. She then spent the next few years traveling around the country working for non-profits and government agencies in 7 states with a focus on songbird ecology. She received her Masters at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, where she studied monarch butterflies. She currently works as a biologist for Althouse &Meade, Inc. She is also actively involved with the Morro Coast Audubon Society, and leads year-round bird walks for birders of all ages.

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The Mysteries of Monarch Migration
Dec
8
1:00 PM13:00

The Mysteries of Monarch Migration

with the Morro Coast Audubon Society member, Jessica Griffiths
Saturday, December 8, from 1 to 2 PM

Every fall, tens of thousands of colorful monarch butterflies return to the California coast to spend the winter. Join Jessica Griffiths at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden on Saturday, December 8th from 1 PM to 2 PM for a fun and informative talk about these unique visitors. She will discuss surprising facts about monarch biology, the amazing ways that monarchs migrate and navigate, and give pointers about where to go around San Luis Obispo County to see this seasonal phenomenon. You will never look at a monarch butterfly the same way again! Followed at 2 PM by a free docent-led tour of the Garden.

Presentation is $5 for members/$10 public/kids are FREE.
No preregistration required.

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Jessica Griffiths has been working as a field biologist for over 15 years. She grew up in Chicago, and received her undergraduate degree at Wellesley College outside of Boston. She then spent the next few years traveling around the country working for non-profits and government agencies in 7 states with a focus on songbird ecology. She received her Masters at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, where she studied monarch butterflies. She currently works as a biologist for Althouse &Meade, Inc. She is also actively involved with the Morro Coast Audubon Society, and leads year-round bird walks for birders of all ages.

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Guided Family Hike: Acorn Adventures!
Dec
7
10:00 AM10:00

Guided Family Hike: Acorn Adventures!

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Come play and explore in the Children’s Garden at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden, then enjoy a breezy hike with your children along our Discovery Trail! Join Nature Explorers, Nicole and Mallorie, Fridays from 10AM-11AM in the Children’s Garden, and 11:30AM-12:30PM exploring the surrounding areas at San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden. 

Engage in nature observation, and learn from our plant and wildlife friends, and share your imagination through story telling! Lots of fun activities and discoveries ahead of us! Great for kids 3 years old and older. 

Please meet in the Children’s Garden. 
Parent Participation is appreciated. 
Please bring a picnic lunch or snack if desired.
Guided Hike is FREE!

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FULL - Pine Needle Basket Weaving
Dec
1
9:30 AM09:30

FULL - Pine Needle Basket Weaving

Join us at the SLO Botanical Garden as we explore the ancient art of pine needle basket weaving in the Oak Glen Pavilion on Saturday, December 1 from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM.

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Artist Elizabeth Bear will guide attendees through the process of creating beautiful, fragrant and sustainable pieces of artwork at this intimate workshop.

“A basket reflects the person who makes it…There’s no machine that can make a basket,” states Ms. Bear.

Just bring sharp scissors, imagination and a bagged lunch, as Ms. Bear provides all materials and her masterful insight. Each participant will make their own basket and start a second basket to work on at home. Workshop also includes a lecture on sustainable harvesting and tree kindness.

This class is full!

Workshop is $100 for Garden members / $130 for non-members. Pre-registration required. For more information, photos, and to register, call 805.541.1400x303

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Autumn Chumash Kitchen
Sep
22
9:00 AM09:00

Autumn Chumash Kitchen

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This presentation has been canceled until the acorns are more abundant.

Are you curious about the tasty little acorns filling the trees and falling to the ground? If you’ve wanted to try eating these nutritious nuts, the wait is almost over! Join us for the Autumn Chumash Kitchen to feast on wild harvested acorns, nuts and berries incorporated into gourmet recipes Saturday September 22, from 9:00am to 1:30pm at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden.

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Enjoy a celebration of Bounty with singing, games, and a short walk up Eagle Rock Trail to visit Chumash grinding stones on site. Chumash chef and herbalist, Violet Cavanaugh and special guests will discuss the history of the local sacred space and share a beautifully prepared, seasonal brunch featuring wild salmon. This immersion into Chumash culture will leave you connected and nourished.

Please wear shoes appropriate for a short hike. For more information and to register, visit slobg.org. Email education@slobg.org for any food restrictions. 

Pre-registration is required for this intimate offering. The autumn Chumash Kitchen program is offering a sliding scale of $88-$120 per participant. We ask that you select the price option that works for your budget. **A special 2-day option is available.

*Friday September 21 from 10am – 1pm, join Violet in the kitchen at the SLO Botanical Garden to learn and help process wild foods in preparation for the Saturday offering. This hands-on and in-depth work-trade is offered for an additional $25 and is open to the first ten people who select the “+prep day” in the sliding scale drop-down payment menu.

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Violet Sage Cavanaugh is an indigenous woman and co-chair of the Northern Chumash Tribe. Born in Avila Beach, a great granddaughter of Chumash Vaquero, Antonio Lopez of Lopez Canyon, Violet has deep roots in the San Luis Obispo area. Incorporating the modern science in combination with ancient teaching, Violet, follows the teachings of her elders and legends and has created her own unique signature of products. Her background in religion, politics, and activism gives Violet a unique understanding and acceptance in diverse groups. Violet calls it an obligation to speak for those plants and animals who have no voice, and because of her background and interests and open honest communication style, learning is fun, social and focused on creating a legacy of her culture through the students. Violet says “What we have we share, it’s a gift and obligation, people won’t protect what people don’t understand. Everyone is welcome.”

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Fruit Tree Pruning
Aug
28
6:00 PM18:00

Fruit Tree Pruning

with Master Gardener,  Charles Davis

Make the most of your fruit trees by pruning them to their full potential. Pruning some of your fruit trees in summer can help maintain a strong tree structure, reduce disease,  invigorate the remaining buds, and grow delicious fruit! Join Master Gardener, Charles Davis, to learn how to beautifully prune and care for your fruit trees with confidence. His talk at the Botanical Garden will include information on how to properly care and maintain fruit trees, followed by a demonstration of fruit tree pruning of selected fruit trees in the Botanical Garden.

You can print out the below handout before the presentation to follow along.

Download the FREE Master Gardener fruit tree pruning handout.

Presentation is donation based.
Suggested $5 for members/$10 non-members.
No preregistration required.
For more information email education@slobg.org.

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Charles Davis has spent his adult life growing fruit trees and roses in California, Arizona and New Mexico.  When he retired and moved to the Central Coast in 2006, he enrolled in the University of California’s Master Garden Program and has spent 10 years in a number of capacities with them, serving as treasurer, vice president and president of the SLO Country Master Gardeners.  Since 2009 he has been the lead gardener in the Master Gardeners’ Demonstration Garden’s Fruit and Nut Orchard in SLO and regularly conducts public workshops there on winter and summer pruning of deciduous fruit trees, as well the care and maintenance of citrus trees. 

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FULL - Kids Summer Camp
Jul
31
to Aug 3

FULL - Kids Summer Camp

Camp is full this summer. We hope you'll join us next year!

This unique day camp for 2nd-5th grade children focuses on our unique California climate zone, while scientifically studying our local environment. Using hikes, gardening, herbal crafting, art, cooking, and other hands-on activities, campers discover the relationship between plants and people. Camp runs from 10am - 3pm. Extended day is available from 9AM to 4PM.

How do you sign up?!

Register Online Hereor download and email the Registration Form.

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Then select payment options:
-Call 805.541.1400×303 to pay with
credit card over the phone,
-or through Eventbrite.

For questions please contact  education@slobg.org, or call 805.541.1400×303

We’ll provide snacks, but please bring a bagged lunch.
Camp is $165 for garden members, $195 for the public.
Scholarships are available! See below for more information
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Check out picture from 2017’s Summer Camp!

Kid’s Adventure Camp scholarships are sponsored in part by Central Coast Funds for Children. To apply for a scholarship download and complete the Camp Scholarship Application and submit to education@slobg.org.

With the purchase of an annual household membership to the SLO Botanical Garden for $50, families enjoy reduced cost at Garden workshops, a $30 discount on summer camp, discounts on plants at local nurseries, support a wonderful learning environment, and much more. For more information contact education@slobg.org or 805.541.1400x 303

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Rare Plant Rescue
Jun
21
6:00 PM18:00

Rare Plant Rescue

Rare Plant Rescue: Why uncommon plants matter, and what we’re doing to save them!

with Dr. Heather Schneider of Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

California is home to more than 6,000 kinds of native plants – more than any other state in the country. However, 35% of California’s native plants are rare and require special attention if we hope to share them with future generations. Join Dr. Heather Schneider of the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden on Thursday, June 21, from 6 PM to 7 PM at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden to learn more about rare plants of SLO County and conservation efforts taking place. This presentation will highlight the importance of rare plants, why rare plant conservation matters, and what environmentally conscious citizens can do to help save rare plants. Dr. Schneider will highlight some of the work that the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is doing to understand, protect and restore rare plants in California, including examples from San Luis Obispo County. Doors open at 5:30pm

Presentation is donation based.
Suggested $5 for members/$10 non-members.

KIDS ARE FREE
No preregistration required.
For more information email education@slobg.org.

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Dr. Heather Schneider is the Rare Plant Biologist at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden where she is involved in research, conservation, outreach, and manages the conservation seed bank. She holds a PhD in botany from the University of California, Riverside and has worked across California and the American West on topics such as ecology, evolutionary biology, conservation, invasive plant science, and desert tortoise biology. She sits on the Board of Directors for the California Invasive Plant Council and is a Conservation Officer for the Center for Plant Conservation. In her free time, Heather can be found frolicking through fields of wildflowers and nose to the ground in search of belly flowers.

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