Gottlieb Native Garden Lecture Series

ARCH 731

Designed to bring people together to learn about the importance of gardening for wildlife, the healing power of nature, and how native plants can save the world

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What you can learn.

  • Get an intimate look at the Gottlieb Native Garden
  • Understand the importance of gardening with native plants and the value of wildlife in gardens

About this course:

This lecture series was designed to bring people together to learn about the importance of gardening for wildlife, the healing power of nature, and how native plants can save the world, each lecture is approximately 30 minutes and is accompanied by colorful, engaging slides that will inspire attendees to “dig” deeper.

This course offers two lectures held on Wednesday evenings via Zoom. If you are not able to attend the live online presentations, individuals who register for this course will have access to the lecture recordings.

Wednesday, January 12 at 5 PM

More than 30 years ago, Susan Gottlieb, creator of The Gottlieb Native Garden, started on a journey that would ultimately convert her one-acre property in Los Angeles into one of the premier native gardens in the United States. Today, it’s a flourishing ecosystem, containing 200 species of California native plants and trees.

As this ecosystem’s architect, Susan has cultivated a miniature biome that’s a National Wildlife Federation Certified Backyard Habitat, a Xerces Society designated Pollinator Habitat, and an active site for scientific research, education, and collaboration among a wide range of environmental groups and universities. In her talk, Susan shares stories and photos from this urban oasis.

Wednesday, January 19 at 5 PM

Linda Prendergast, head of the Native Designs volunteer group at California Botanic Garden, is an experienced florist and brings her extensive knowledge, plus her eye for beauty, to the new book, California in a Vase.

Crafted to inspire people to bring the native plants of their region into their gardens, into their homes and into decorative arrangements, Linda, in collaboration with Lucinda McDade, California Botanic Garden's Executive Director, will talk about their work and provide step by step instructions - along with a materials list - for creating a gorgeous seasonal design. Their “in-conversation” talk is illustrated by gorgeous photography.

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