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Saturday, April 16, 2016
11:00 Beekeeping – Brian and Lyndsey Barns
  Shaping Bonsai Trees – Charles Mashburn
12:00 Preserving – Brian and Lindsay Barns
  Strawberries Year Round – Julie Bawden Davis
1:00 Japanese Maples – Patricia Smyth
  Pelargonium – Robin Parer
2:00 An Armchair tour of Griffith Park – Jorge Ochoa
  Worm Hotel – Andy Vaughan
3:00 Efficient Irrigation Practices – Don Grime
Sunday, April 17, 2016
11:00 Rational Tree Care – Sarah Taylor
12:00 Edible Flowers – Kitty Morse
1:00 Water Wise Lawns – Don Knipp
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Kitty Morse will be presenting her new book Edible Flowers: A Kitchen Companion, available for purchase, and will have flowers to sample including the ones found at the Fullerton Arboretum. Come and learn which flowers to add to your favorite recipes and learn new ones. Speaker Bio: Kitty Morse is the author of eleven cookbooks, five of them on the cuisine of her native Morocco. The completely revised, second edition of her book, Edible Flowers: A Kitchen Companion with Recipes was published in December 2015 ( Her career as a food writer, cooking teacher, and presenter, spans more than twenty-five years. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications in the United States and abroad. One of the highlights of her career was cooking at a culinary benefit alongside Julia Child. Kitty has hosted her own television series, and has appeared on local and national television networks such as Food TV Network, CNN, the Discovery Channel, as well as on British, Mexican, and Moroccan television. From 1983 to 2007, she organized and led an annual culinary tour to Morocco that included cooking demonstrations at her family home south of Casablanca.

Wild Flora and Fauna of Griffith Park with Jorge Ochoa
An armchair tour of Griffith Park – our nation’s largest urban park, located at the western end of the Santa Monica Mountains, and site of major fire in 2007. The fire provided the opportunity to survey native flora long-hidden by invasive non-native vegetation and led to the rediscovery of native species not seen for many years, as well as discovery of previously unrecorded plants. These plants and various associated animals are showcased in the talk. Speaker Bio: Jorge has academic credentials from both Long Beach City College and Cal Poly Pomona. Jorge Ochoa is currently the Horticulture Department Chair of Long Beach City College and a frequent guest lecturer throughout Southern California. Ochoa is a rare instructor – one with the uncanny ability to make any subject interesting and easily understood.

Rational Tree care
Learn to work with your trees rather than against them. This class will cover how to choose the right tree for the right place, and how to care for your trees proactively. Speaker Bio:"Sarah Taylor is an ISA-Certified Arborist who cares for trees in the Orange and Los Angeles County areas. She received her B.S. and M.S. in Biology from California State University Fullerton, specializing in plant ecophysiology. Sarah is passionate about implementing science-based strategies to influence landscaping and tree care management decisions."

Charles Mashburn, “bonsai guy” and author of Bonsai From Nursery Plants, will be shaping a large juniper on scene and will be part of the Bonsai “Tree in a Pot” Exhibit at the Fullerton Arboretum

Andy Vaughan, founder of CaliFarmer, shares the secrets to making great compost using earth worms. In this lively chat you will learn how to turn your kitchen scraps into a rich fertilizer to help your garden thrive.

  Don Grime, Master Gardener and Fullerton Docent, will be discussing the Orange County Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance and how to apply it to our home landscapes. The presentation will include specific methods for determining the amount and frequency of water needed for various types of plants.

Julie Bawden Davis is a garden writer, Master Gardener. She is founder of, and in addition to gardening books has written over 1,500 articles for publications such as (where she has a gardening column), Organic Gardening, Family Circle,, Ladies Home Journal, Better Homes and Gardens, Wildflower Magazine, Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. Julie is the author of numerous books including The Strawberry Story: How to Grow Great Berries Year-Round in Southern California.

Beekeeping 101
Arboretum beekeepers, Lindsay and Brian Barnes will talk about the basics of hobby beekeeping-essential equipment, key terminology, how to get started, and helpful resources. This class will offer an opportunity to interact with some of the tools used.

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