Advanced Pine Needle Basket Weaving
Jul
14
9:30 AM09:30

Advanced Pine Needle Basket Weaving

WITH ARTIST ELIZABETH BEAR

Take your pine needle basket weaving skills to the next level. Artist Elizabeth Bear will guide former students through new weaving and stitching techniques, using new materials. Learn how to incorporate polished stone and sliced black walnut to create ornate centers and create decorative stitching patterns. Join us at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden, Saturday July 14 from 9:30-2:30pm to refine your technique and experiment with new materials while creating beautiful artwork. Each participant will make two baskets, one with a stone center and a second, using sliced black walnut.

Please bring two sample baskets you have made since taking the introduction class, along with any questions, scissors and lunch. Limited to 12 participants. Pre-registration required.

$100 Garden members / $130 public, and additional $25 materials fee for instructor.
For  info and registration, contact 805.541.1400x303 or use the Registration Link below. 

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Chumash Kitchen
Jul
28
8:30 AM08:30

Chumash Kitchen

Summer Flavors and Sacred Spaces

with Chumash chef and herbalist, Violet Cavanaugh

Taste the wild flavors of the season. Join us this July as we reconnect with the local environment, the season, and your health during the summer Chumash Kitchen offering with Chumash chef and herbalist, Violet Cavanaugh. This offering will leave you nourished, connected, and grateful for the gifts of nature.

Join Violet as we learn the practices of collecting, processing and transforming seasonal, local foods into several modern and traditional recipes, all while developing a deeper awareness for the sacred spaces in Central California. 

After the summer solstice we will focus our attention on honoring the summer bounty of the California Valley, and sacred Painted Rock National Monument in the Carrizo Plains. Discover the history and legends of the sacred space as well as contemporary issues facing the Carrizo Plains. 

A beautifully prepared, seasonal breakfast and lunch are provided at the summer Chumash Kitchen offering. Our feast will be supplemented by the wild game, berries, herbs, nuts and grains that grow in our area during our Summer Season. This cultural and cullinary offering will leave you connected and nourished.

Discover the bounty of summer foods and develop a greater
understanding of sacred spaces in Central California, register today! 

Pre-registry is REQUIRED for this intimate offering.

Friday July 27 from 10am – 1pm, join Jeanette and 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” in the sliding scale PayPal drop-down menu. (link coming soon)

Eventbrite - Chumash Kitchen

The Summer Chumash Kitchen program offers a sliding scale of $88-$120 per participant.
We ask that you select the price option that works for your budget.
Pre-registry is REQUIRED for this intimate offering.
Please register below using the Eventbrite button. 

ABOUT THE PRESENTER:

Violet Cavanaugh

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.  An expert in several areas, her specialty is in herbal skin care, salves, essential oil blending, wild harvesting and making high end all natural bath and body spa products. 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. 

She has consulted in local politics for more than 20 years, working with the county, city, and Coastal Commission to protect the environment. 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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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.

Eventbrite - Kids' Adventure Camp

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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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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Fall Audubon Bird Walk
Sep
8
9:00 AM09:00

Fall Audubon Bird Walk

with  Morro Coast Audubon member, 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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Fall Plant Sale Fundraiser
Nov
10
10:00 AM10:00

Fall Plant Sale Fundraiser

Fall Fundraising Plant Sale (Tentative to weather)
Members Only – Friday Nov 9, 10 AM - 1 PM
& Saturday Nov 10, 9 AM – 10 AM
Open to the Public – Saturday, Nov 10, 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 November 10 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!

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 info@slobg.org.

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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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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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CANCELED - Advanced Pine Needle Basket Weaving
Jun
16
9:30 AM09:30

CANCELED - Advanced Pine Needle Basket Weaving

A second class has been scheduled for Saturday July 14th.

Take your pine needle basket weaving skills to the next level. Artist Elizabeth Bear will guide former students through new weaving and stitching techniques, using new materials. Learn how to incorporate polished stone and sliced black walnut to create ornate centers and create decorative stitching patterns. Join us at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden, Saturday June 16 from 9:30-2:30pm to refine your technique and experiment with new materials while creating beautiful artwork. Each participant will make two baskets, one with a stone center and a second, using sliced black walnut.

Please bring two sample baskets you have made since taking the introduction class, along with any questions, scissors and lunch. Limited to 12 participants. Pre-registration required.

$100 Garden members / $130 public, and additional $25 materials fee for instructor.
For  info and registration, contact 805.541.1400x303 or use the Registration Link below. 

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Pine Needle Basket Weaving
May
19
9:30 AM09:30

Pine Needle Basket Weaving

with artist, Elizabeth Bear

Join us at the SLO Botanical Garden as we explore the art of pine needle basket weaving in the Oak Glen Pavilion on Saturday, May 19 from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM.

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”  ~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.

Register through Eventbrite or call 805.541.1400x303 to pay over the phone. 

Eventbrite - Pine Needle Basket Weaving at SLO Botanical Garden

Workshop Cost is $100 for Garden members and $130 for non-members.

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Spring Audubon Bird Walk
May
6
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 6th 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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