Thursday, September 18, 2008

Fall 2008 Classes at the Garden - Free!

Fall Class Schedule 2008

For Complete details, please go to the MBBG hompage

Learn How to Kill Your Lawn
Sept. 20, 10-11 am
Mimi Andersen & Ann Barklow, Garden Magic Company

Gardening with Natives
Sept. 27, 10-11 am
Jon Bell, instructor, Annie’s Nursery

Water Saving Irrigation Technology
Oct. 4, 10-11 am
Mike Garcia, instructor, Enviroscape

Insects: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Oct. 18, 10-11 am
Gretchen Renshaw-Zwissler, UCLA Instructor

Let’s Talk Trees
Nov. 1, 10-11 am
Ann Barklow, Certified Arborist

Water-Efficient Pondless Waterfalls
Nov. 8, 10-11 am
Mike Garcia, instructor, Enviroscape

Reiki in the Garden
Nov. 15, 10-11 am
Sheri Hein, Certified Instructor

Harvest Moonwatch at the Garden

Over 50 people attended the Sept. 14th Harvest Moonwatch event at the garden! The gala included telescope viewing of la luna and conversation with an astronomer as well as music, dance performances, poetry readings and iced green tea and moon cake refreshments! Thanks to the Moon Committee and it's fearless leader, John Scott, for making this full moon event so special.

Friday, March 7, 2008

You are Invited to the Sign Dedication Celebration, March 7, 4pm...

The Manhattan Beach Botanical Garden will unveil its new interpretive signs, which describe the garden and its mission, on Friday, March 7 at 4 pm held at the Garden.

The signs, which further establish the garden as an educational earth-friendly habitat, were funded mainly through grants from West Basin Municipal Water District and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Garden donors also helped fund the project. The signs were written, developed and designed by volunteers.

According to MBBG President Julie Gonella, the installation of the si gns will mark another significant milestone in the Garden’s development. “When the founders began planning this environmentally friendl y demonstration garden in 1992, they had no idea how long it would take to create or how much it would cost. After thousands of dollars and volunteer hours it was opened to the public i n 2001, but without any signage many visitors have wondered what it was all about. Now, they will know.”

The seven, two-foot by three-foot state-park quality interpretive signs were installed in late November of 2007. Together they offer an educational self-guided tour through the garden covering topics such as California Friendly Plants, Mulch and Compost, Water: Where it Comes From and Ways to Conserve, Our Mediterranean Climate, Creatures of the Garden, How to Create a Wildlife Habitat and History of the Garden.

The public is invited to the celebration which will be held at the Garden located on the west side of Polliwog Park (on Manhattan Beach Blvd.) off Peck Avenue. Water district, city, county and state officials are expected to attend and major donors will be recognized. Refreshments will be served.

Note: Special thanks to Jim Catella for doing an excellent installation job!

Friday, January 25, 2008

MBBG 2008 Spring Classes

The Schedule for Spring Classes is being finalized as we speak.

Class Highlights include:
- Lets Talk Trees with Ann Barklow
- Container Gardening with Jon Bell
- Water Saving Irrigation Technology with Mike Garcia
- Water-efficient Pondless Waterfalls with Mike Garcia
... And More!

The 2008 Composting Classes will be held on May 3, July 19, October 11. All classes are held at the Garden on Saturdays, starting at 10:00 AM. Classes are free and open to the public. Discounted compost bins and worm bins will be available for purchase to MB residents. You do not need to sign up for this class. For questions call Lisa at (310)874-2499.