Category: In the Garden

Herb Wreaths Workshop

The Farm and Food Lab at Orange County Great Park is offering a fun and FREE workshop this weekend.

Preserving the Season Workshop: Herb Wreaths. This workshop by Instructor/Chef Jen Callahan will have you utilizing the harvest of the season by learning how to create Herb Wreaths and Swags.

Hanging herbs can add a touch of comfort and magic to your kitchen. Herb wreaths and swags are not only beautiful but also useful. Snip off what you need from own personally created herb wreath as you cook!

  • When: Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 10:00am – 11:00am

  • Where: Farm+ Food Lab, Great Park Irvine, 6950 Marine Way, Irvine, CA 92618

  • Cost: Free!!! The workshop is designed for ages 16+

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER Registration is encouraged but walk-ins are welcome.

*Attendees can also enter a raffle to win wreaths created during class by the instructor.*


Roger’s Gardens Halloween Boutique

GrimmTales Halloween Boutique??? Yep, it’s time! For me the sure sign that Fall is on it’s way is visiting Rodger’s Gardens Halloween Boutique. This year the theme is “Grimm Tales”  and it opens today, Friday, September 2, 2016.


My family and I have made a tradition of visiting this spectacular showcase. Each year, we look forward to the new theme and new chilling features each room holds.



I love gathering inspiration for our home with the works of artists like: Joyce Stahl,  Vergie Lightfoot and Nicol Sayer. These decorations go way beyond Pumpkins and gourds. These are pieces of art and are simply amazing.


The Grimm Tales theme takes you through forested rooms that display a completely new spin on classics like Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty and Hansel & Gretel.



While your visiting Roger’s Gardens be sure to stop by the brand new restaurant Farmhouse Cafe  Who wouldn’t want to eat here? The garden is beautiful and the restaurant supports an open feeling with all the charm that exists within the garden.


Halloween Boutique Date/Time

  • When: Open daily from 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Where: Roger’s Gardens 2301 San Joaquin Hills Rd., Corona del Mar, CA 92625

Garden Share

Trading Plants

Plant lovers and gardeners are invited to participate in a monthly garden share program at  the Coastkeeper Garden.

All attendees bring garden related items such as plants, cuttings, pots, tools, produce etc. to trade with other gardeners.  The Garden Share is a great way to obtain new plants and meet like minded plant people.

To find out more about the Plant Trade, go to:

  • When: Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 10:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Where: The Coastkeeper Garden, 1560 E Santiago Canyon Rd., Orange, CA 92869 – Google map and directions
  • Cost: FREE
If you have questions, contact Marianne Hugo ·

Roger’s Gardens Halloween Boutique

Halloween Boutique

“Something Wicked This Way Comes” at Roger’s Gardens

2015 Halloween Boutique.


 Surrounded by unseen forces, a mysterious traveling carnival has pulled into town. Tent doors flap amidst the dry, swirling autumn wind.  The night crackles with an odd vibration, as if a veil of peculiarity has settled over these hallowed grounds.  A maelstrom of sights, sounds, smells, and people…this is Halloween at Roger’s Gardens…this is Carnival.

Visiting the Halloween Boutique at Roger’s Gardens is now one of our Fall family traditions. There is something different in each nook and cranny. Every room features something different than the last.

Need a place for inspiration to get your “spook” on? This is it! In addition to pumpkins and gourds, look forward to seeing work from artists like: Eric Cortina, Scott Smith, Joyce Stahl, William Bezek, Tina Haller, Bethany Lowe, Vergie Lightfoot and Nicol Sayer.

BethanyLoweThis was my little one’s favorite last year by Bethany Lowe

Halloween Boutique Date/Time

  • When: Open daily from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Where: Roger’s Gardens 2301 San Joaquin Hills Rd., Corona del Mar, CA 92625

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Tomato & Pepper Tasting

Get your taste buds ready for Roger’s Gardens 15th Annual Tomato & Pepper Tasting.

The 15th Annual Tomato and Pepper Tasting

Join famous tomato expert, Steve Goto, and other tomato enthusiasts at one of our most popular summer events. Steve will assemble dozens of heirloom and hybrid tomatoes for tasting.

Learn about new varieties, decide on the flavors you like best, and ask your hardest tomato growing questions. Our expert edible gardens horticulturist, David Rizzo, will be returning with a collection of peppers from his home garden.

Gardeners are encouraged to bring tomatoes and peppers from your own garden and add them to the tasting. Just separate them by variety and we will do all the cutting and preparation while you taste tomatoes.

April Goto will also be making her famous salsa for all to enjoy.

  • When: Saturday, August 22, 2015 from 9:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Where: Rogers Gardens,  2301 San Joaquin Hills Rd, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
  • Cost: FREE

Garden Workshop

The Great Park is hosting a Garden Workshops: Sensational Succulents for adults on Saturday, August 8, 2015

succulentsTime(s): 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Location:Farm + Food Lab | Map & Directions
Free; Ages 16+

Southern California gardens can be a challenge with hot summers, dry winters and water usage laws.  Succulents can be one of the easiest and most rewarding plants, indoors and outdoors.  University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners will provide the information you need to propagate and maintain succulents with ease.

Learn everything you need to know about sustainable home gardening practices. Workshops are conducted at the Great Park Farm + Food Lab and are developed in cooperation with University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Orange County.


Children’s Garden Workshop

CGW birds nestsChildren’s Garden Workshops: Eat Your Plants at the Great Park will help children discover how to make healthy eating choices by learning the nutritional value of summer fruits and vegetables that are currently being grown in the Farm + Food Lab.  Children will identify plant parts and understand how they are connected to the food we eat. We will have fun creating a seasonal (and maybe silly) meal using a leaf, flower, root, seed and a stem.

Explore science, technology, engineering, art, math and music in a fun and stimulating outdoor environment. Young attendees will connect the natural world with their daily lives, deepening their understanding and appreciation for nature. Materials for craft or activity are provided for all children. Workshops are held on the hour and are weather permitting.

Gently used book donations to the Littlle Free Library in the Farm + Food Lab are welcomed.

  • When: Sunday, July 19, 2105 from 9:00 am -11:00 am
  • Where:The Great Park, Farm + Food Lab | Map & Directions
  • Cost: Free

Family Bucket Garden

The Great Park will host a Family Bucket Garden on Saturday, July 11, 2015. This family oriented, hands on gardening workshop will get the whole family growing great food. Participate in a short talk on how to grow good food in containers, followed by attendees planting a ‘bucket garden’ to take home.

Come learn everything you need to know about sustainable home gardening practices. The Garden Workshop series will feature various topics, including seasonal planting, tree health and care and succulents. Workshops are led by the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Master Gardeners of Orange County.

Materials will be available for first 30 families; one bucket per family.

  • When: Saturday, July 11, 2015 from 10:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Where: Great Park, at the Great Park Artists Studios | Map & Directions
  • Cost: Free

Children’s Garden Workshop

OCGreat Park_garden4KidsThe third Sunday of every month is the Great Park’s FREE Children’s Garden Workshop Series. The monthly workshop is designed to highlight the connection between nature and the core education disciplines of science, technology, engineering, arts, music, and math.

A garden is a perfect backdrop for exploring the ways in which the natural world impacts every aspect of our daily lives.  This new set of fun and engaging STEAMM inspired topics are sure to delight and inspire young and old alike, so please join us.

  • Where: OC Great Park Farm + Food Lab | Map & Directions 
  • When: Sunday, May 17, 2105
  • Time: Workshops are offered every half hour from 11:00am – 1:00pm
  • Cost: Free*

 The workshop is 20 minutes of a sit down interactive presentation followed by a craft and planting activity, all ages welcome.

*Gently used book donations to the little free library are encouraged.
Ages 3-9

This program is produced  and presented by the City of Irvine’s Community Services Urban Agricultural Programs Division, and is supported by volunteers from the University of California’s Cooperative Extension Master Gardener program and Irvine Youth Action Team.


Spring Garden Workshops

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Come to the The Great Park and learn everything you need to know about sustainable home gardening practices.

The workshops held at the Great Park Food and Farm Lab and are led by certified University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Orange County.

Topic: Bountiful Summer Vegetables

  • When: Saturday March 28, 2015 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
  • Where: OC Great Park, Farm + Food Lab | Map & Directions
  • Cost: Free

The workshop series continues on April 11, April 18, May 2 & May 16, 2015