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May/June Events at Tree of Life Nursery!

Exciting events in May and June 2015 at Tree of Life Nursery! This May, we will have Design Workshops, “Desert & Baja Day,” and Habitat Gardening Talks. In June we will, once again, have our Replace Your Lawn Workshop Series. We hope you will join us!

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Saturday May 23, 2015

9:30 am - Guest Speaker, Catherine and Robert Waters
Creating Urban Habitat to Attract Songbirds
Cat and Robert Waters will return to the nursery to showcase their incredible urban habitat garden located in Downey. What began as a neighboring vacant lot has been carefully and lovingly crafted into an attractive native plant oasis for birds that also incorporates a vegetable garden. Their garden has been featured on several garden tours including the Theodore Payne Native Plants tour and it has been featured in the birding magazine WildBird. Come and see images of their development process and get inspired by Cat and Robert by hearing their story and sharing in their infectious enthusiasm!

Saturday May 30, 2015
9:30 am - Guest Speaker, Rama Nayeri
Shade Plants for your Native Garden
A common problem for the urban native gardener is finding plants that will thrive in the shade of a neighbor’s house or other urban structures… Luckily, a variety of native plants can and will work in these design settings! Join our Designer in Residence that day: Rama Nayeri, as she discusses appropriate drought tolerant and attractive native plants for this particular design constraint!

The "Replace Your Lawn" (RYL) Workshop Series will repeat this June!
Saturday June 6, 2015
9:30 am - RYL I - Kill the grass to make way for your native landscape
The first step in transitioning to a more sustainable garden is removing your water hungry lawn. However, there are various methods and the process can be more involved than you would expect (depending on the type of grass you have). Join us and learn about the options and to figure out what will work best for you depending on your turf type, budget, and timeline.

June 13: RYL -
Design Elements: Creating Conventional Garden Themes with CA Native Plants
June 20: RYL - Creating and Caring for your Native Garden
June 27: Special Event: How to Draw Nature Workshop with Sama Wareh

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 14:07

RYL June 2015

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Replace Your Lawn (RYL) Workshops this June

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Saturday June 6
9:30 am - RYL I  - Kill the Grass

The first step in transitioning to a more sustainable garden is removing your water hungry lawn. However, killing your lawn can be more involved than you would expect (depending on the type of grass you have) and the methods to get rid of a lawn are quite varied.  Avoid unnecessary labor and learn several successful methods for lawn removal, depending on your turf type, budget, and timeline. Join one of Tree of Life Nursery’s owners Jeff Bohn as he gives this practical, easy-to-follow talk about how to remove your lawn to make way for a fresh and more sustainable landscape. Check out or Kill Your Lawn resources HERE.

plants placedSaturday, June 13
9:30 am - RYL II - Design Basics for Replacing Your Lawn

Pat Overby is a lifetime educator and long time designer of California native plant gardens. Her many years of expertise coupled with her ability to educate make her one of the most easy to follow design instructors we've had. If you want practical information about how to get started with what can be a daunting task of changing your landscape, you will NOT want to miss this workshop. Come ready to work out some of your pressing questions with Pat as this tends to be an interactive and fun workshop.

create and care bookletSaturday, June 20
9:30 am - RYL III - Creating and Caring For Your Native Garden

Now that you have killed your grass, what are you supposed to do? Tree of Life Nursery owner, Mike Evans will share from our booklet, "Creating and Caring for your Native Garden." Bringing his over 30 years of experience with these plants, as well as just as many years of site-prep, initial irrigation techniques and working with tricky landscape situations, Mike will teach you how to create a thriving and enjoyable native garden. As he has mentioned to us for years and years: "Maintenance is what you do for your car, you CARE for your plants!"

Last Updated on Friday, 29 May 2015 17:37


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Unique Drawing Nature Workshop and Annual Customer Appreciation BBQ!!
Saturday June 27, 2015  

sama wareh book cover9:30 AM WORKSHOP - How to Draw Nature - $10/adult, $5/child with registered adult
Register for the Event HERE
11:00 AM Book signing with Author Sama Wareh
11:30 AM Customer Appreciation BBQ - Read on for details!

Join us for an activity you will find educational and fun for adults and children alike, where you will sharpen your observation skills as you learn simple techniques for "drawing nature." Due to the popularity of this event, there will be a modest registration fee (our workshops are normally free) of $10 per adult participant, $5 per child participant with their registered adult. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the workshop. Pre-registration is available online and walk-in participants are welcome. All supplies provided. All you have you bring is yourself and your curiosity.

9:30 - 11:00 AM Register online. $10/adult, $5/child with registered adult.

11:00AM Author and workshop instructor Sama Wareh will be selling and signing her book.

Customer Appreciation BBQJoin us for lunch, immediately following the workshop and book signing.

CUSTOMER APPRECIATION BBQ - Yes Virginia there is a free lunch.
11:30 - 1:30PM We will be cookin’ up our famous carne asada tacos. The fare is fairly spare (spartan, but austere), though delicious... tacos and garnishes, your basic taco stand taco, so... dear loyal friends, feel free to bring, as some of you have done in years past, a side dish to put on the side dish table which will liven things up a bit.

Last Updated on Friday, 29 May 2015 18:34

Avoid Traffic at Ortega Hwy!

Exit on Camino Capistrano if you're headed Northbound on I-5, or Juniperro Serra if you're headed Southbound to avoid congestion at the I-5/SR-74 (Ortega Highway) interchange. Please see our article for information HERE. Or, DOT official information HERE.

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