Master gardener lessons for you
More than 200 people typically apply for the 50 spaces in the annual Los Angeles master gardener program classes, held every Saturday in March through May.
There is another option: the Grow L.A. Victory Garden classes, a four-class version of the program. The Grow L.A. classes are led by certified master gardeners and are generally given during three months in the spring and three months in the fall.
They are open to everyone throughout Los Angeles County. There’s one in June in Beverly Hills at the Greystone Mansion. The schedule and locations of classes are available at celos angeles.ucanr.edu.
The primary resource and textbook for master gardeners is the massive 750-page “California Master Gardener Handbook.” Originally published in 2002, the book has received a design makeover for the just-released second edition with a slightly larger font, updated tables and color photos and drawings. It also includes new material on invasive plants, garden design principles and landscaping for fire protection ( www.anrcatalog. ucanr.edu).
For a video journey through Yvonne Savio’s Pasadena backyard and some of her best recycling-in-the-garden tips, check out Huell Howser’s 2004 visit: lat.ms/1Gn5kp0 .