Category: In the Garden

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
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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:    https://www.facebook.com/groups/OCPlantTrading

  • 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 · marianne@coastkeeper.org
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Roger’s Gardens Halloween Boutique

Halloween Boutique

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

2015 Halloween Boutique.

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 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

Some Images from roger’sgarden.com/blog

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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
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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.

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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
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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.

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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
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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.

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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

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Veggiepalooza

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It’s time for Veggiepalooza Plant Seedling Sale & Festival. This annual fundraiser to benefit the Fullerton Arboretum will have over 350 varieties of Tomatoes and Peppers, Beans, Cucumbers, Melons, Eggplants, Herbs, Companion Flowers, and MORE!

All seeds come from Non GMO seed sources. Proceeds from this annual sale benefit the Fullerton Arboretum. There is not a charge for visitors, however to help support the development of the Arboretum gardens and educational programs, voluntary donations at the main entrance are encouraged. Memberships will be available at the door.

Make sure to come and enjoy the Free gardening classes and cooking demonstrations!

  • Available to assist with finding the right plants and to answer all of your gardening questions

  • Free Garden How-To Consultation Booth. Bring in your questions and talk with the experts

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Click Here to View Veggiepalooza Layout Map

  • When: Saturday, March 21 & Sunday, March 22, 2015 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Where: Fullerton Arboretum, 1900 N Associated Rd, Fullerton, CA 92831
  • Cost: Free 

Schedule of Events 

Saturday


9:00am

Monkey Business Cafe will provide delicious, fresh snacks and Lunches-To-Go available for purchase in the Pavilion.

 

Sunday


11:00am

Executive Chef, Jeff Coker, of Le Cordon Bleu Los Angeles, “Tomatillo Salsa”: cooking demonstrations using Veggiepalooza varieties!

 


12:00pm

Arboretum Biologist, Jonathan Duffy Davis will demonstrate how to prepare your soil, fend off pests, and best irrigate your crop for the ultimate summer harvest in “Tomatoes and Peppers from Transplant to Table”.

 


12:00pm

Executive Chef, Jeff Coker, of Le Cordon Bleu Los Angeles: “Italian Frittata.” Watch how the fruits of your harvest can be easily prepared in a delicious recipe.

 


1:00pm

UCCE Master Gardener, Geri Cibellis will present “Edibles in the Landscape and Organic Pest Control.” Learn about planning a garden with an emphasis on improving soil structure. Planting veggies and herbs in containers will also be discussed.

 


1:00pm

Nursery Manager, Brian Maddock, will teach “Building up your Soil: Growing Super Veggies”. He will be discussing the various ways we can increase the amount of nutrients available for growing large vegetables and fruits. By increasing soil macro and micro nutrients we can grow large veggies and fruit, as well as minimizing the amount of water used in the garden.

 


2:00pm

UCCE Master Gardener, Geri Cibellis will present “Organic Pest Control.” Let’s talk about insects in the garden and how to attract the pollinators for a bountiful harvest.

 


2:00pm

UCCE Master Gardener, Linda Genis will present “Herb Talk.” Fresh herbs add so much to a meal. Why not grow your own? Are they well-behaved or best kept contained? Are they annuals? Drought tolerant? With so many to choose from, learn which herbs will work best for your garden.

 

Images and Information from  Fullertonarboretum.org

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Get a FREE Butterfly Garden Kit

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Help the Monarch Butterfly and get a FREE Butterfly Garden Kit! Monarch butterflies need our help. Join the National Wildlife Federation and help plant monarch butterfly food so we can continue to enjoy these iconic butterflies. Pledge now to be a Butterfly Hero and plant a garden that provides food, water and places for monarchs to lay their eggs.

Become a Butterfly Hero!

PLEDGE TODAY! Upload a photo of you, making the American Sign Language sign for butterfly, as your pledge to help the Monarch butterfly. The sign for butterfly is made by linking your thumbs and crossing your two hands in front of you at the wrists with your palms facing you. After taking the pledge, you will receive a Butterfly Garden Starter Kit, while supplies last. Once you have your kit, learn how to garden and watch your wildlife garden bloom!

Win a trip for 4 to Walt Disney World by pledging by May 15, 2015!

Note: Only individuals and families are eligible to be entered in the sweepstakes. See official rules for Butterfly Heroes and Disney Sweepstakes

Kids Activities

As a Butterfly Hero, you and your child have many opportunities to enjoy nature together. Share your child’s delight as plants grow and butterflies, bees, and birds arrive in your garden. Look for the following to experience the wonder first hand. Ask your child:

  1. Which flowers are most popular? Check out whether certain kinds of butterflies seem to prefer visiting certain flowers.
  2. Do the butterflies’ colors blend in or stand out? Are they more camouflaged with their wings open or closed?
  3. Can you identify the butterflies you spot? Note their size and shape, the colors and patterns on their wings, and how they fly. Then use a field guide to search for their names. You could also go online to butterfliesandmoths.org for lots of helpful information.
  4. Can you get close enough to watch a butterfly’s long tongue unroll? Can you use a magnifying glass to see the tiny scales that cover its wings.
  5. Observe leaves for tiny eggs and check back to discover caterpillar growth. Milkweed leaves with bites taken out is a first clue for finding caterpillars!

Here are some more ideas for children to make the most of their butterfly garden habitat! 

Photo by Robin Anderson

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Play Safe

  • Avoid Insect Stings and Bites
    Note: Remind children to always wash their hands after working and playing in the garden and not to eat or taste plants outside of the vegetable garden.

Check out NWF’s Activity Finder for more activity ideas to help you connect with nature. Use our Activity Finder to get the most out of your time to play outdoors, watch wildlife, and discover the wonder of nature.

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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, February 15, 2015
  • 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.

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Spring Garden Workshop

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The Great Park will host  a Spring Garden Workshop on Seed Starting, Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Sowing seeds is exciting, gratifying and less expensive than buying starts. Plants started indoors flower sooner, extending your growing season.

Learn how to successfully grow plants from a seed with the UCCE Master Gardeners. All Participants will take home a 6 pack of their own and have a chance to win a seed starting kit! Master Composters will be available to answer questions as well.

  • When: Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 10:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Where: Edison House at the OC Great Park | Map & Directions
  • Cost: Free
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Indoor Edible Gardening

The Ecology Center in Irvine Presents: Indoor Edible Gardening

Edible Indoor Gardening

Valuable nutrition can be obtained from growing food indoors. You can produce high yields of sprouts from a variety of heirloom seeds in a matter of days with minimum time and effort invested. You can extend the harvest season with a variety of vegetables and herbs grown in efficient container mediums. And most sustainably, you can watch your food magically regrow itself by upcycling your food scraps.

Indoor edible gardening allows you to control what goes into growing your food. By growing your own food you contribute to the reduction of the waste and pollution associated with the industrial agriculture mass production and distribution practices.

Learn how to choose the right heirloom (non-gmo) seed and vegetable varieties and gain hands on instructions on the materials and tools to use for maximum yield from your indoor edible garden. You will get to take home a variety of seeds to sprout! (Please bring a wide-mouthed jar to get your sprouting ready!).

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Confessions of a Gardener

Confessions of a Gardener

 Are your ready to hear some confessions of a gardener at Roger’s Gardens?

Each month, people gather in the Disneyland gazebo for a relaxed and intimate roundtable style discussion about seasonal garden topics. They even provide the coffee and muffins and you provide the topics.

Bring a friend or two and stay for a few minutes or an entire hour while everyone learns from one another sharing our garden successes and failures. There is no agenda, but we might have a few topics in mind to get the conversation flowing. What’s growing, what’s dying, great new plants, watering issues, maintenance nightmares, bugs and butterflies, exciting vegetables, flowers or shrubs – it’s all fair game. Let’s learn from each other, create new friendships and share some gardening wisdom.

  • When: Sunday January 25, 2015 from 10:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Where: Roger’s Gardens
  • Cost: Free
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Children’s Garden Workshop

OCGreat Park_garden4KidsThis Sunday 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, January 18, 2015
  • 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.

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.

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