What's Happening in Southern California - Garden Edition April 2012

As always, I want to remind you to shop local, and get the freshest produce around by heading out to the local Farmer’s Markets in Santa Clarita:

Sundays 8:00am – noon
College of The Canyons Parking Lot
Don’t forget to visit my friend Sara Scissorhands from Worldwide Exotics Nursery

There is also another great Farmer’s Market:
Thursdays in Old Town Newhall from 3-7pm.

April is a great month to get outside, enjoy the weather, buy some plants, attend a few gardening events and get inspired! I have a few things that just might interest you.

Sat March 31 & Sun April 1, 2012 - KHTS – Santa Clarita Home & Garden Show
9am – 5 pm - Cost: $5.00 (Discount Tickets available), free parking
Location: Hyatt Regency Valencia

Tomatomania! – Yes it is that time of the year again. Tomatomania’s California tour runs March through May and you can still go to Descanso Gardens this weekend (3/31 – 4/1/12) or the Fillmore Event – Otto & Sons Nursery on April 13 – 14, 2012. If you can’t make it and you want me to pick up some plants for you (if you live in Santa Clarita) please drop me a line Julie@thegrassisalwaysgreener.net

Sunday April 15, 2012 - 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Santa Clarita Rose Society Meeting
Cost: Free
Location: SCV Senior Center
22900 Market St.
Santa Clarita, California 91321

Guest: Baldo Villegas on "Bugs, Roses and A New Garden" Baldo’s program will focus on his garden construction, roses, plant selection and the bugs and diseases that he has either attracted or avoided with his garden design.

Because of Baldo’s background as an entomologist, you are encouraged to bring samples of any bugs, diseases or weeds that you might find in the garden. Baldo worked as a Environmental Research Scientist for about 35 years with the California Department of Agriculture and is an expert in diagnosing pests and disease problems in the garden.

Contact Kitty Belendez for more information at rosextckb@aol.com, or visit the website.

It’s Poppy Time! Plan to attend The Poppy Festival Saturday April 21 & Sunday April 22, 2012 from 10 am – 6pm in Lancaster Park – Rain or shine. Check out the website for more details.

Saturday April 21 & Sunday April 22, 2012 - 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Cowboy Festival
Location: Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio

For more information, please visit www.cowboyfestival.org or call the Cowboy Festival hotline at 661-250-3735.

Sunday April 29, 2012 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
The 4th Annual Jewish Food & Cultural Festival
Cost: $5 for adults, and Free for children under 12
Location: College of the Canyons, Parking Lot 7
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, California 91355

The Jewish Food & Cultural Festival is a family event filled with authentic Jewish foods, live entertainment, children's area, and opportunities to give back to the community. 2 for 1 admission with a 25 Score card or donation to SCV Food Pantry. For questions, please contact Event Chair, Sandi Hershenson at scvjewishfoodfestival@gmail.com

Descanso Gardens:
A trip to Descanso is always on the agenda, with Tomatomania at the beginning of the month and The Mount Sac Plant Sale at the end, they’ve created a sandwich of horticulture for you to enjoy!

Here is the link to Descanso’s calendar

LA Arboretum
Lili Singer’s classes started up again on Thursdays in January, so plan to make it to some of them, she’s very informative.

My favorites this month are the Iris & Bulb Show Sat March 31 & Sun April 1, 2012 and the Rose Show & Sale at the end of the month. Check out the events.

If you would like help beautifying your life, think about creating a garden with me. You can call me at 661-917-3521, contact me via email at julie@thegrassisalwaysgreener.net or visit my website


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