Mas­ter gar­dener lessons for you

Los Angeles Times - - HOME & DESIGN -

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 .

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