Meditation for Everyone
Apr
16
to May 28

Meditation for Everyone

Mindfulness Meditation for Everyone: Cultivating Balance, Peace & Awareness

With meditation guide, Dawn Feuerberg

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Come build a meditation community at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden, EVERY Tuesday morning from 11:30AM - 12:15PM. Meditation instructor, Dawn Feuerberg will de-mystify meditation with clear, concise, and practical guidance. Dawn will begin each class with breath work to calm the nervous system. She will then guide you through classic mindfulness meditation techniques for 20 minutes to bring balanced relaxation, restore your energy, improve well-being and clear the mind. Mantra Practice will be offered to experience more depth & increase focus.  Dharma Talks will be interwoven on the underlying principles of meditation, the power of gratitude, bliss consciousness, and developing a daily practice that supports you wherever you are.

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Drop-in sessions are $10 Garden Members, $15 public. Contact education@slobg.org for more information.

Dawn Feuerberg is a meditation guide, a Spanish professor, a mother, a nature enthusiast, a surfer, a yoga practitioner of 28 years and the owner of Aurora Adventures LLC. She offers guided meditations in a relaxed and open atmosphere for all levels so that your personal practice can be used as a framework for practical life change. She has studied mindfulness meditation, goddess energy meditation, non-dual tantra meditation & shamanic rituals for the past decade and has completed several teacher trainings with mindfulness meditation teacher Mark Coleman of Spirit Rock and the highly regarded teacher of spiritual tantra philosophy, Sally Kempton.


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Guided Family Hike: Acorn Adventures!
Apr
19
to May 24

Guided Family Hike: Acorn Adventures!

Every Friday this SPRING!

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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 on Fridays, from 12:30PM-2:30PM in the Children’s Garden, and 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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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 Saturday, 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.

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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Seas to Trees Day
May
4
9:30 AM09:30

Seas to Trees Day

We are joining ECOSLO for their 2nd annual Seas to Trees Day!

This day will be filled with various volunteer events around San Luis Obispo County, including the SLO Botanical Garden of course. Volunteer check in starts at 9:30am and projects will start at 10am and wrap up by 12pm. It will be a fun day of caring for our precious natural spaces and supporting ECOSLO, a fellow nonprofit.

Register for the SLOBG project here. We can’t wait to see how well you beautify this special garden.

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Garden Founder Walk and Talk
May
7
to Mar 3

Garden Founder Walk and Talk

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Walk and talk with Eve Vigil in the Botanical Garden each month on the first Tuesday from 11 AM to 12 PM.

Subjects may touch on the Garden’s history, what’s in bloom, important maintenance – when and why – or whatever interests the group. Have you ever wondered how the garden beds were initially prepared, what the irrigation schedule is or pretty much anything about any of the plants? Well, come on out and ask Eve! Meet new people and learn great tips and tricks for having a stunning water-frugal garden.

Free garden tour. No need to RSVP, just show up and enjoy!

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Live Oak Music Festival
Jun
21
to Jun 23

Live Oak Music Festival

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Live Oak Music Festival at El Chorro Regional Park

Enjoy live music all weekend throughout the park and special events taking place in the Garden’s beautiful straw-bale Oak Glen Pavilion.

Stay tuned for more event information! Visit www.liveoakfest.org for event updates and tickets.

Enjoy the following Garden Events during the Festival!

Happy Hour Horticulture Tour
At the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden, it’s always ‘Happy Hour,’ but this Live Oak we invite you to enjoy a docent-led BYOB tour of the Garden. Drink in hardy horticulture, herbal history, and helpful hints at this one hour jaunt through the Garden. Meet at the Festival’s Art Walk located at the Garden’s Gift Shop on Friday at 5:00pm, Saturday at 3:30pm, and/or Sunday 2:00pm. Suggested donation $5. Pre-registration and payment appreciated. Peace, Love and Dirt y’all.

Nature Crown Creation
At the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden, we love nature so much, we wear it! Join us as we create "Nature Crowns.” These fun, temporal, compostable, and decorative head adornments show off your “au natural” style. Great for kids aged 5 to 105! Join us in the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden Friday from 5:00pm-5:30pm, Saturday at 3:30pm-4:30pm, and/or Sunday 2:00pm-3:00pm. Suggested donation $5.

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ABOUT the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden:
The San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden is the Gem of the Morros. We are a one-of-a-kind non-profit garden dedicated to honoring and preserving our connection with nature, and we’re celebrating our 30th year of sowing seeds and growing together.

We’re passionate about connecting people with the plants that have shaped human endeavors and cultures for generations. Our Preview Garden is a great place to see the exquisite plant life of the five major mediterranean climate zones while our nursery sells these same beautiful, drought tolerant plants. The San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden and its facilities are dedicated to the education, research, and celebration of horticulture, and sustainability is our highest priority! The Oak Glen Pavilion combines art and sustainability, a perfect rental space to host your special events among the gorgeous botanical scenery!

The current gardens and facilities cover six of the 150 acres that will be developed in years to come. Our award-winning design features plans for 50 miles of paved trails, cafes, and more gardens! We are privately funded and rely entirely on the generosity of our visitors, donors, and members. Become a Garden Member to receive benefits like 10% off all plants in our nursery! Perfect for our annual Spring Plant Sale in March and Fall Plant Sale in October! Our magnificent San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden is open during daylight hours, ADA compliant, and a unique attraction for kids and adults alike. We invite you to join us in celebrating our 30th anniversary with the incredible diversity of plant life at our truly one of a kind garden!

Art Walk and Open Mic at the OAK GLEN PAVILION
The Oak Glen Pavilion, is straw-bale construction that artfully blends sustainability and function. This beautiful space (complete with commercial kitchen) provides audience style seating for 150, dinner seating for 96, or  as many as 200 for cocktails and appetizers.

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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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Winter Garden Chores
Dec
7
1:00 PM13:00

Winter Garden Chores

Winter Garden Chores

with UC Master Gardener, Kim McCue

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You may not consider winter to be a great time to get out and garden, but here on the central coast, it IS! There are many winter chore that you can do now to make spring gardening a wonderful and easy treat. From pruning, mulching, seed starting, and tool maintenance, you’ll find there are many ways to stay busy in the garden over winter. Join us at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden on Saturday, December 7 from 1 PM to 2 PM to learn more about keep your garden in excellent shape this winter season.

Followed at 2pm by a FREE Docent-Led tour of the SLO Botanical Garden.

Kim McCue's family returned to Paso Robles in 1997 so their children could grow up in a small town.  After many years of volunteering with PTA, Girl Scouts, etc., Kim finally had enough free time to enroll in the Master Gardener program in 2012 – something she’d wanted to do for a long time. Kim love all aspects of gardening, with the exception of heavy weeding.  Her home garden includes vegetables, fruit trees, blueberries, succulents, CA native plants, roses and more.  She loves the fabulous people in the Master Gardeners organization, continual learning, and meeting new people at workshops

Suggested donation $5 for members/$10 non-members. Presentation followed by a free docent-led tour in the Garden at 2 PM. For more information call 805.541.1400×304 or education@slobg.org.

This presentation is the first in the Master Gardeners’ Advice to Grow By SLO County Home Gardeners Series at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden.

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Upcoming Fall Workshop from the
UC Master Gardeners

Oct 5- California Natives for the Landscape- Peggy Burhenn

Nov 2- Landscaping for Renters- Naomi Klinkenberg

Dec 7- Fall Garden Chores- Kim McCue

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Vegetables in Drought
Apr
13
1:00 PM13:00

Vegetables in Drought

Water Wise Vegetable Gardening

with UC Master Gardener, Tami Reece

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So you want to grow delicious produce at home, but you don’t want to break the bank on the water bill? Learn how to be “water-wise” while still enjoying great, home-grown veggies. Learn which plants do best in drought, how to maintain soil moisture, and grow wonderful food! Join us at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden on Saturday, April 13 from 1 PM to 2 PM to learn more about growing a water-wise vegetable garden.

Followed at 2pm by a FREE Docent-Led tour of the SLO Botanical Garden.

Tami Reece has been a gardener and food preserver for 35 years. Her passion is vegetables, especially tomatoes. She became a UC Master Gardener in 2011 to further her education of horticulture and loves sharing what she has learned with other home gardeners.

Suggested donation $5 for members/$10 non-members. Presentation followed by a free docent-led tour in the Garden at 2 PM. For more information call 805.541.1400×304 or education@slobg.org.

SLO County Parks charges a $3 parking fee on weekends, April - September. Carpool and SAVE!

This presentation is part of the Master Gardeners’ Advice to Grow By SLO County Home Gardeners Series at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden.

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Upcoming Fall Workshop from the
UC Master Gardeners

Oct 5- California Natives for the Landscape- Peggy Burhenn

Nov 2- Landscaping for Renters- Naomi Klinkenberg

Dec 7- Fall Garden Chores- Kim McCue

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Chumash Kitchen: Wild Salve Making Workshop
Apr
12
5:30 PM17:30

Chumash Kitchen: Wild Salve Making Workshop

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Join us at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden on Friday, April 12 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm as Violet Sage Walker prepares a unique experience in Chumash culture and local plant ecology, join us in learning about relationships with food and medicine plants and how we can understand the benefits of herbal salves. Explore traditional use of native and non-native herbs, learn ethical harvesting techniques, and ecology from an Indigenous perspective. Leave with a new appreciation and understanding of the Chumash people, native and non-native healing herbs, and the earth to beauty-counter cycle. Attendees will also take home a sample of the healing salve customized for each student. Light refreshments provided.

Pre-registration is required for this intimate offering.
The workshop is $45 Garden Members / $55 public.
For more information contact education@slobg.org
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Violet Sage Walker, 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. 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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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.

Check out the Plants we’ve grown this year and what’s available HERE!

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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What the Drip?
Mar
23
1:00 PM13:00

What the Drip?

Garden and Landscape Water Management

with UC Master Gardener, Bill Smillie

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There is a lot to learn when it comes to irrigating your landscape plants. Where are you located? What is your soil like? What kind of plants do you have? Join us at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden on Saturday, March 23 from 1 PM to 2 PM to learn more about assessing your irrigation needs, and how to apply the correct amount of water, so you can enjoy a happy and healthy yard.

Followed at 2pm by a FREE Docent-Led tour of the SLO Botanical Garden.

William (Bill) Smillie was in the landscape and irrigation industry for over forty years. Beginning as a gardener while at Pierce College, he then became a landscape contractor in Santa Barbara for ten years. After moving to the Central Coast and acquiring certifications from the Irrigation Association, he became an irrigation design and management consultant. During this period, he was also a part time instructor for the ITRC at Cal-Poly and the Irrigation Association. In 1998, he took a position as national sales and training manager for the Rain Master Corporation specializing in computer-controlled irrigation management systems. Retiring in 2012, he became a UCCE Master Gardener.

Suggested donation $5 for members/$10 non-members. Presentation followed by a free docent-led tour in the Garden at 2 PM. For more information call 805.541.1400×304 or education@slobg.org.

This presentation is the first in the Master Gardeners’ Advice to Grow By SLO County Home Gardeners Series at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden.

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April 13- Water Wise Vegetable Gardening- Tami Reece

Oct 5- California Natives for the Landscape- Peggy Burhenn

Nov 2- Landscaping for Renters- Naomi Klinkenberg

Dec 7- Fall Garden Chores- Kim McCue

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Zapotec Culture and Weaving
Mar
22
5:30 PM17:30

Zapotec Culture and Weaving

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Take a glimpse into the ancient history of Zapotec indigenous culture, located in Oaxaca, Mexico. Discover how the traditional weaving heritage has been an instrument in cultural preservation. Enjoy a visual presentation by Samuel Bautista Lazo, a Zapotec (Benizaa) weaver, to learn how the patterns and symbols woven into textiles serves as a method of preserving a living knowledge, discover plants used for dying these vibrant tapestries, and get an inside view of indigenous lives and traditional livelihood. Join us at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden on Friday, March 22 from 5:30 PM to 7 PM for an inside view of the Zapotec millenary weaving tradition, cultural and spiritual significance of ancient woven patters and natural dye methods.

Sustainably crafted Zapotec rugs, made by Samuel’s family will be available for sale after the presentation. Cash, check, Venmo, and credit card accepted.

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Suggested donation $5 for members/$10 non-members. No registration required. Light refreshments provided.

Samuel teaches the craft of weaving through his own Indigenous Zapotec culture and history highlighting  the role Zapotec people played in the cradle of civilization. Samuel's home village, Teotitlán del Valle, has specialized in weaving for generations. About 80% of the working population of his village dedicate themselves to weaving or a related activity.

In his Weekend Weaving Workshop, Samuel will describe the evolution of Zapotec millenary weaving tradition, cultural and spiritual significance of ancient woven patterns, weaving techniques, natural dye methods, plant and animal fiber uses/processes, and the importance of weaving with respect in regards to avoiding cultural appropriation. For information and tickets to the Weekend Weaving Immersion Workshop please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/2147407998688493/

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Samuel Bautista Lazo grew up farming and herding goats and sheep in the foothills of Teotitlán del Valle. His parents taught him how to weave when he was tall and strong enough to stand all day on the treadle loom. Samuel has been weaving since the age of 12. Samuel is the first person in the family to earn a bachelor’s degree. He then went on to study Industrial Engineering in Oaxaca City. In 2007, towards the end of his engineering degree Samuel realized problems within production and consumption system and the need for change to reduce the impact of manufacturing on the planet. That realization, led him to pursue a PhD in Sustainable Manufacturing at the University of Liverpool in the UK. After achieving his PhD, Samuel returned Mexico, to teach at a regional Technological University. He then returned back to his roots to revive the textile and rug making family business and to preserve his family's weaving tradition. Samuel is inspired to share with the world the ancient ways of sustainable production that has allowed the Zapotec culture to live harmoniously on this planet for millennia.


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FireSafe Landscaping
Mar
9
1:00 PM13:00

FireSafe Landscaping

with CAL Fire’s Ted Mathiesen

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With a long and dry season ahead, now is the time to prepare your landscape to be fire safe. Join Ted Mathiesen from CAL Fire at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden on Saturday March 9 from 1 PM to 2 PM as we learn about wildfires in California, creating your “defensible space,” and construction and patio materials that you can use to help slow the spread of wildfire. Get professional advice to make your Central Coast yard lean, clean, and green. Presentation is followed by a free docent-led tour of the Faire Safe Demonstration Garden at 2:15PM.

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Suggested donation for the presentation is
$5 for Garden Members / $10 for public.

No pre-registration required. For more information, contact education@slobg.org.

Ted Mathiesen is a retired wildland firefighter, after 37 years with the Los Padres National Forest. He is currently working as a Defensible Space Inspector with CAL Fire. Ted has also worked as a property inspector for USAA Insurance assessing properties for wildland clearance and fire resistant construction materials. Ted offers the residents of San Luis Obispo County the ability to recognize good defensible space on their property as well as fire resistant construction materials.  He also offers suggestions on how to improve defensible space and what fire resistant construction materials are available.

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Pine Needle Weaving
Mar
2
9:30 AM09:30

Pine Needle Weaving

Basket weaving with artist, Elizabeth Bear

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, March 2 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.


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

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Mushroom Discovery
Feb
24
10:00 AM10:00

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. Space is limited and you must Pre-register for the weekend workshop.

FULL - SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 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.

This class is full. Please email education@slobg.org to get on the waiting list or be notified for upcoming events.
$60 Garden members / $70 public.

Past Events

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.

FULL - 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.

FULL - 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!

This class is full. Please email education@slobg.org to get on the waiting list or be notified for upcoming events.
$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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Garden Pests
Feb
23
1:00 PM13:00

Garden Pests

Garden Pests: The Good, the Bad and the Bugly

by Norm Smith, Master Gardener

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How do you know if all those insects in your garden are beneficial or harmful? How do you promote beneficial insects, and remove the bad bugs? Don’t worry, we’ve got an expert entomologist and UC Master Gardener to help you identify and share the how’s and what’s of garden pests so you can enjoy a healthier garden! Join us at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden on Saturday, February 23 from 1 PM to 2 PM to learn more about these invertebrate creatures, how to control them, and how to encourage their predators.

Followed at 2pm by a FREE Docent-Led tour of the SLO Botanical Garden.

Norman Smith is a UC Master Gardener at the San Luis Obispo Ag Extension. He specializes in insects, both good and bad, found in gardens on the central coast. Norman writes about insects for the Master Gardener’s educational blog “Diggin’ it in SLO”.

Suggested donation $5 for members/$10 non-members. Presentation followed by a free docent-led tour in the Garden at 2 PM. For more information call 805.541.1400×304 or education@slobg.org.

This presentation is the first in the Master Gardeners’ Advice to Grow By SLO County Home Gardeners Series at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden.

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March 23- Garden and Landscape Water Management- Bill Smillie

April 13- Water Wise Vegetable Gardening- Tami Reece

Oct 5- California Natives for the Landscape- Peggy Burhenn

Nov 2- Landscaping for Renters- Naomi Klinkenberg

Dec 7- Fall Garden Chores- Kim McCue

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Group Dream Work
Feb
14
to Feb 21

Group Dream Work

Tending the INNER Landscapes: GROUP DREAM WORK

with Torrey Byles & Marie Mcree
Thursdays–February 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Sharing nighttime dreams with a trusted group of peers offers health and wholeness not only to the individual dreamer, but to the community. Dreams certainly connect us to our authentic selves, and when shared with others, they can also foster a healing in society.

Naturally occurring in our sleep, dreams bring forth–in metaphorical candor–the most important social and cultural issues of the day. When dreams are shared and appreciated by others, a wonderful and intimate discussion ensues. Participants sense commonality and consensus and, at the same time, realize unique soul perspectives.

Join us for this weekly group exploration. All proceeds from this workshop series will go to support the good work of Outside Now Nature Connection Education and SLO Botanical Gardens!

Cost for 4 Sessions: $80
Buy Tickets HERE
For sliding scale and/or work trade opportunities,
contact Marie: marie@outsidenow.org or call (805) 440-7443

DREAM WORK FACILITATORS
Marie McRee has spent the last 13 years dreaming into how best to facilitate our connection to nature and each other. Her role as advisor at Outside Now has allowed for a treasured collaboration. Time on the land, her studies with Regenerative Design Institute, 8 Shields Institute, and Weaving Earth; where she also spent several years as staff have expanded her abilities to mirror, reflect, and listen deeply to what she hears in dreams.

Torrey Byles is a certified Dream Group Facilitator, trained by the Marin Institute of Projective Dreamwork. He studied under internationally renowned dream psychologist, author, and UU minister, Jeremy Taylor, and his wife, Kathryn. He has lead dream groups in CA, Oregon, and Hawaii and has been a teaching assistant in dream work at UC Berkeley Graduate Theological Union and Sonoma State University. He holds a Masters degree in Economics and Environmental Studies from Southern Oregon University and a BA in Economics from UC San Diego.

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

FULL - 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
This class is full. Please email education@slobg.org to get on the waiting list or be notified for upcoming events.

Class size is limited. Pre-registration required.

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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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Advanced Pine Needle Weaving
Dec
15
9:30 AM09:30

Advanced Pine Needle Weaving

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, 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.

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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 $30 materials fee for instructor.
For more info, photos and registration, call 805.541.1400x303

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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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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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