Pesto Madness, LA Victory Gardens and More at The Learning Garden on the Venice High School campus

Organic Gardening Classes Offered at the Learning Garden at Venice High School

Photo by David King

If you've been longing to "grow your own," join DAVID KING--long-time Gardenmaster of The Learning Garden at Venice High School, horticultural instructor at UCLA Extension and UCCE/LA County Master Gardener--for a series of organic gardening classes this autumn at The Learning Garden, located on the Venice High School campus, 13000 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066 (entrance on Walgrove Ave., just south of Venice Blvd).

No matter what your level of gardening knowledge is, you'll gain in-depth and experiential wisdom about organic gardening practices from David King. Unless otherwise noted, all classes take place at The Learning Garden.

On September 25, from 1 to 5 pm  MODERN BACKYARD FOOD PRODUCTION, a UCLA Extension Gardening and Horticulture class, begins in the Garden and meets until early December. Very few spaces remain.

On October 1, from 9 am to noon - "Growing Food In Southern California"-- $25 at the gate. Workshop centers around what to do in the coming months as Southern California heads into one of our best, and least understood, growing seasons! You'll learn what to plant and how to plant it, what varieties grow best here, and why and all about getting the best garlic you will ever have! Dress to get into the garden and get dirty. Coffee and garden-made mint tea will be served; please bring your own cup! Email for more information.

Speaking of garlic: on Saturday, September 24 from 2 to 5 pm, it's "PESTO MADNESS," the annual fundraiser for The Learning Garden. A mere $10 entry earns you a delicious Italian pasta pesto luncheon plus dessert; a tour of the garden; a pesto-making demo in the garden. Then stock up on the home-grown, home-made pesto that the garden is famous for, only $8 per jar! It all benefits this local community treasure.

On October 1, 1 to 4 pm the popular "Grow LA Victory Gardens" classes return to Southern California! This four week series CERTIFIES students as "Victory Gardeners" through the University of California Cooperative Extension Common Ground Garden Program. David King will teach you the essentials, from soil basics, seed planting, germination, transplanting, pest control, to harvest -- and more. $20 per class or $70 for the series of four. Email for more information.

October 20, October 27 and November 3: Essentials of Seed Saving. Generations before us knew that the seeds of this year's harvest would plant next year's garden. In an era of Genetically Modified Organisms, protecting our own seed supply from contamination and unintended consequences has become essential once again. David King has been saving seed since his youth; he recently completed a week-long intensive "Seed School" and shares both his experience and the latest and best knowledge about the practice of Saving Seeds (see also: SLOLA: The Seed Library of Los Angeles).

The Learning Garden, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is located on the campus of Venice High School. Out of a vision of a garden that serves the community, The Learning Garden blossoms from what once was an underutilized, weedy portion of Venice High School into an outdoor learning center with hands on education in horticulture, permaculture, herbology, botany, nutrition, art, photography and environmental science. The Learning Garden not only beautifies the community, but serves as a place of peace and serenity in an often turbulent, concreted world.

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