GUEST SPEAKERS 6

Florence Nishida, Yvonne Savio, LAGC Members Martha Hunt+Julie Pittet+Merle Galindo+Benita Ngan, Loretta Allison, Kreigh Hampel, Charles Southward / IGH Gardens, John Schoustra, Stephen Covolo, Hetty Shurtleff, LA Urban Farms, Yvonne Savio, Leon Boroditsky

Florence Nishida - Asian Vegetables

Florence Nishida - Asian Vegetables

Florence Nishida, botanist and mycologist, educates our members about growing Asian Vegetables. Florence is the co-founder of LA Green Grounds, which empowers residents in South LA to access fresh, healthy, organically-grown food by teaching and organizing garden-building “dig-in” events, and converting water-wasting lawns into food gardens. One of the co-founders is the now famous Guerilla and Urban Gangsta gardener, Ron Finley.

Yvonne Savio - Spring Bulbs (1/2)

Yvonne Savio - Spring Bulbs (1/2)

Yvonne Savio introduces us to the vast variety of colorful spring bulbs and teaches us, how to correctly prepare, plant, maintain, store, and reuse them.

Yvonne Savio - Spring Bulbs (2/2)

Yvonne Savio - Spring Bulbs (2/2)

Yvonne Savio introduces us to the vast variety of colorful spring bulbs and teaches us, how to correctly prepare, plant, maintain, store, and reuse them.

Floral Designs - LAGC Members (1/5)

Floral Designs - LAGC Members (1/5)

Floral Designs - Behind the Scenes: Containers, Mechanics, and Tools presented by our talented members Martha Hunt, Julie Pittet, Merle Galindo, and Benita Ngan.

Floral Designs - LAGC Members (2/5)

Floral Designs - LAGC Members (2/5)

Martha Hunt - Floral Designer and National Garden Club Master Judge. Floral Designs - Behind the Scenes: Containers, Mechanics, and Tools presented by our talented members Martha Hunt, Julie Pittet, Merle Galindo, and Benita Ngan.

Floral Designs - LAGC Members (3/5)

Floral Designs - LAGC Members (3/5)

Benita Ngan - Floral Designer. Floral Designs - Behind the Scenes: Containers, Mechanics, and Tools presented by our talented members Martha Hunt, Julie Pittet, Merle Galindo, and Benita Ngan.

Floral Designs - LAGC Members (4/5)

Floral Designs - LAGC Members (4/5)

Merle Galindo - Floral Designer. Floral Designs - Behind the Scenes: Containers, Mechanics, and Tools presented by our talented members Martha Hunt, Julie Pittet, Merle Galindo, and Benita Ngan.

Floral Designs - LAGC Members (5/5)

Floral Designs - LAGC Members (5/5)

Julie Pittet - Floral Design Educational Presenter. Floral Designs - Behind the Scenes: Containers, Mechanics, and Tools presented by our talented members Martha Hunt, Julie Pittet, Merle Galindo, and Benita Ngan.

Loretta Allison - Holistic Garden Design

Loretta Allison - Holistic Garden Design

Loretta Allison is a LA-based organic garden consultant, edible gardener, medicinal plant grower, holistic designer and educator. After a year of pandemic anxiety and stay-at-home blues, Loretta is the perfect person to help us replenish our energy and inspire us to create a holistic environment that is beneficial to our mind, body and soul. What better way to start a meeting than with a 1-minute herbal plant meditation? We're totally here for it :) Website: lorettaallison.com

Kreigh Hampel - Recycling

Kreigh Hampel - Recycling

Kreigh Hampel served as Burbank’s Recycling Coordinator for 17 years and has been involved with recycling programs for 45 years. Kreigh's extensive knowledge is impressive and with his enthusiasm he easily captured our attention :) Kreigh is also passionate about soil health, nutrient cycles, microbiology, and diverse biological systems. He draws on the principles of simplicity, the power of diversity, and the elegance of natural systems to advance health and well-being.

Charles Southward - IGH Gardens

Charles Southward - IGH Gardens

Charles Southward, a US Air Force veteran once homeless himself, created IGH Gardens to provide healthy, organic vegetables to homeless shelters in LA. He shared with us his growing skills that produce bountiful crops that never cease to amaze! Website: ighgardens.org

John Schoustra - Daylilies

John Schoustra - Daylilies

John Schoustra of Greenwood Daylily Gardens introduced us to a vast variety of his own special breeds of beautiful Daylilies. These amazing plants provide the flowers we want (and the pollen bees need) while tolerating flooding, drought, pollution and smog. Perfect for Southern California! Website: greenwoodgarden.com

Stephen Covolo - African Violets

Stephen Covolo - African Violets

Stephen Covolo is a grower and hybridizer of African Violets and Streptocarpus; and is the creator of the registered Steffano's series. He is also an AVSA advanced judge and director. Our members were treated to a virtual tour of Stephen's extraordinary collection of the most beautiful African Violets and Streptocarpus, and we learned all the basics about these colorful beauties.

Hetty Shurtleff - Floral Design

Hetty Shurtleff - Floral Design

Hetty Shurtleff inspires our members with her virtual presentation on how to create fun and beautiful floral designs for the fall/winter holidays.

LA Urban Farms - Vertical Gardens (1/2)

LA Urban Farms - Vertical Gardens (1/2)

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, our Club has switched to online meetings via the FCC platform. Our 3 wonderful guest speakers of LA Urban Farms (photos bottom row, center), founder Wendy Coleman and her partners Jennifer Crane and Melanie Dorsey, joined us live from Santa Barbara and Florida, introducing us to the fascinating and exciting world of growing food with vertical gardens. Website: laurbanfarms.com

LA Urban Farms - Vertical Gardens (2/2)

LA Urban Farms - Vertical Gardens (2/2)

Our 3 wonderful guest speakers of LA Urban Farms, founder Wendy Coleman, and her partners Jennifer Crane and Melanie Dorsey, joined us live from Santa Barbara and Florida, introducing us to the fascinating and exciting world of growing food with vertical gardens. Website: laurbanfarms.com

Yvonne Savio - Wildflower SuperBloom

Yvonne Savio - Wildflower SuperBloom

Master Gardener, Yvonne Savio, takes us on a colorful journey through the beautiful Wildflower Super Blooms of 2017 and 2019. In addition, Yvonne surprises us with a most valuable tip and a special plant raffle. Website: gardeninginla.net

Yvonne Savio - Wildflower SuperBloom

Yvonne Savio - Wildflower SuperBloom

Master Gardener, Yvonne Savio, takes us on a colorful journey through the beautiful Wildflower Super Blooms of 2017 and 2019. In addition, Yvonne surprises us with a most valuable tip and a special plant raffle. Website: gardeninginla.net

Yvonne Savio - Wildflower SuperBloom

Yvonne Savio - Wildflower SuperBloom

Master Gardener, Yvonne Savio, takes us on a colorful journey through the beautiful Wildflower Super Blooms of 2017 and 2019. In addition, Yvonne surprises us with a most valuable tip and a special plant raffle. Website: gardeninginla.net

Yvonne Savio - Wildflower SuperBloom

Yvonne Savio - Wildflower SuperBloom

Master Gardener, Yvonne Savio, takes us on a colorful journey through the beautiful Wildflower Super Blooms of 2017 and 2019. In addition, Yvonne surprises us with a most valuable tip and a special plant raffle. Website: gardeninginla.net

Yvonne Savio - Wildflower SuperBloom

Yvonne Savio - Wildflower SuperBloom

Master Gardener, Yvonne Savio, takes us on a colorful journey through the beautiful Wildflower Super Blooms of 2017 and 2019. In addition, Yvonne surprises us with a most valuable tip and a special plant raffle. Website: gardeninginla.net

Leon Boroditsky - Urban Forests

Leon Boroditsky - Urban Forests

LAGC Member Helene and Leon Boroditsky, the Municipal Arborist and Tree Surgeon Supervisor for the City of LA Dept of Rec & Parks, who describes the current challenges and status of Urban Forests in SoCal - Overall, it's a pretty bleak outlook...!

Leon Boroditsky - Urban Forests

Leon Boroditsky - Urban Forests

Leon Boroditsky, Municipal Arborist and Tree Surgeon Supervisor for the City of LA Dept of Rec & Parks, describes the current challenges and status of Urban Forests in SoCal - Overall, it's a pretty bleak outlook...!