Events

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Unless noted otherwise, all classes are held at Calvary Christian Fellowship Church, 4221 East Main Street in Ventura, right next door to Nopalito Native Plant Nursery.


Using California Native Plants for Medicine & Food

with Jan Timbrook, author and ethnobiologist

When

Saturday November 12th, 2011
9:30 am – 11:30 am

Where

Calvary Christian Fellowship Church
4221 East Main Street (next door to Nopalito Nursery)
Ventura, California 93003
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Description

Nopalito is proud to present yet another lecture you won't find at any other retail nursery! Join us as we welcome author and respected anthropologist and ethnobiologist Jan Timbrook from the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Jan will discuss some of the local plants of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties and their traditional and modern medicinal uses.

Nopalito co-owner Antonio Sanchez follows Jan's lecture with a discussion of various edible native plants and how to grow them, complete with samples of seasonal native plant dishes and beverages for late Summer!

Jan Timbrook is author of the excellent book Chumash Ethnobotany: Native Uses of Plants in the Santa Barbara Region. She has been working in the anthropology department at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History for over 30 years, where she specializes in the indigenous Chumash people of the Santa Barbara region, particularly their uses of plants in food, medicine, and basketry.

Admission

$10 -- must call to pre-register


Succulent Wreath Workshop

with Antonio Sanchez, Co-Owner, Nopalito Native Plant Nursery

When

Tuesday December 6th, 2011
10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Where

Description

Join Nopalito for a hands-on succulent wreath workshop, just in time for the holidays (or not!)  We will guide you in transforming a frame, some moss and a few plants into a beautiful living succulent wreath, perfect for hanging on a door, as a table centerpiece or as a homemade gift for that special no one.  This 2 1/2-hour long class is one of our most popular,  and many fill-up fast, so pre-register today! $45 Fee includes all you need to make your own circular wreath, $55 gets you a nifty heart or cross-shaped wreath.

Admission

$45 -- must call to pre-register


Succulent Wreath Workshop

with Antonio Sanchez, Co-Owner, Nopalito Native Plant Nursery

When

Saturday, December 10th, 2011
10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Where

Description

Join Nopalito for a hands-on succulent wreath workshop, just in time for the holidays (or not!)  We will guide you in transforming a frame, some moss and a few plants into a beautiful living succulent wreath, perfect for hanging on a door, as a table centerpiece or as a homemade gift for that special no one.  This 2 1/2-hour long class is one of our most popular,  and many fill-up fast, so pre-register today! $45 Fee includes all you need to make your own circular wreath, $55 gets you a nifty heart or cross-shaped wreath.

Admission

$45 -- must call to pre-register


Succulent Wreath Workshop

with Antonio Sanchez, Co-Owner, Nopalito Native Plant Nursery

When

Tuesday December 13th, 2011
10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Where

Description

Join Nopalito for a hands-on succulent wreath workshop, just in time for the holidays (or not!)  We will guide you in transforming a frame, some moss and a few plants into a beautiful living succulent wreath, perfect for hanging on a door, as a table centerpiece or as a homemade gift for that special no one.  This 2 1/2-hour long class is one of our most popular,  and many fill-up fast, so pre-register today! $45 Fee includes all you need to make your own circular wreath, $55 gets you a nifty heart or cross-shaped wreath.

Admission

$45 -- must call to pre-register


Succulent Wreath Workshop

with Antonio Sanchez, Co-Owner, Nopalito Native Plant Nursery

When

Saturday, December 17th, 2011
10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Where

Description

Join Nopalito for a hands-on succulent wreath workshop, just in time for the holidays (or not!)  We will guide you in transforming a frame, some moss and a few plants into a beautiful living succulent wreath, perfect for hanging on a door, as a table centerpiece or as a homemade gift for that special no one.  This 2 1/2-hour long class is one of our most popular,  and many fill-up fast, so pre-register today! $45 Fee includes all you need to make your own circular wreath, $55 gets you a nifty heart or cross-shaped wreath.

Admission

$45 -- must call to pre-register


Succulent Wreath Workshop

with Antonio Sanchez, Co-Owner, Nopalito Native Plant Nursery

When

Tuesday December 20th, 2011
10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Where

Description

Join Nopalito for a hands-on succulent wreath workshop, just in time for the holidays (or not!)  We will guide you in transforming a frame, some moss and a few plants into a beautiful living succulent wreath, perfect for hanging on a door, as a table centerpiece or as a homemade gift for that special no one.  This 2 1/2-hour long class is one of our most popular,  and many fill-up fast, so pre-register today! $45 Fee includes all you need to make your own circular wreath, $55 gets you a nifty heart or cross-shaped wreath.

Admission

$45 -- must call to pre-register


Succulent Wreath Workshop

with Antonio Sanchez, Co-Owner, Nopalito Native Plant Nursery

When

Saturday, December 24th, 2011
10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Where

Description

Join Nopalito for a hands-on succulent wreath workshop, just in time for the holidays (or not!)  We will guide you in transforming a frame, some moss and a few plants into a beautiful living succulent wreath, perfect for hanging on a door, as a table centerpiece or as a homemade gift for that special no one.  This 2 1/2-hour long class is one of our most popular,  and many fill-up fast, so pre-register today! $45 Fee includes all you need to make your own circular wreath, $55 gets you a nifty heart or cross-shaped wreath.

Admission

$45 -- must call to pre-register


Propagating California Native Plants By Seed, Cuttings and Divisions

with Antonio Sanchez, Nopalito Native Plant Nursery Co-Owner

When

Thursday, December 29h, 2011
9:00 am - 11:30 am

Where

Description

Nopalito is proud to offer the only hands-on workshop in Ventura County on growing your own California Native plants from scratch!  Nopalito co-owner Antonio Sanchez guides you thru this 2 hour+ class, teaching you all you need to know to get started at home growing your favorite native plants from seed, by stem cutting or by divisions!  Just think, after you graduate this mini-college class, you can start your own nursery and put us out of business, or at least grow so many of your own plants that we never see you again!  Workshop takes place at Nopalito Native Plant Nursery, and all necessary tools and materials will be supplied. 

Antonio Sanchez is co-owner of Nopalito Native Plant Nursery and a huge L.A. Kings and Los Tigres del Norte fan.  After years of working in and studying Sustainable Agriculture, he developed a love for the most sustainable of all plants, plastic indoor ferns.......and native plants.  He has done time at some of the most respected native plant institutions in the state, including Cal Flora Nursery, the Theodore Payne Foundation for Native Plants, and the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.

Admission

$20 -- must pre-register, limit 13 participants


Propagating California Native Plants By Seed, Cuttings and Divisions

with Antonio Sanchez, Nopalito Native Plant Nursery Co-Owner

When

Saturday, December 31st, 2011
9:00 am - 11:30 am

Where

Description

Nopalito is proud to offer the only hands-on workshop in Ventura County on growing your own California Native plants from scratch!  Nopalito co-owner Antonio Sanchez guides you thru this 2 hour+ class, teaching you all you need to know to get started at home growing your favorite native plants from seed, by stem cutting or by divisions!  Just think, after you graduate this mini-college class, you can start your own nursery and put us out of business, or at least grow so many of your own plants that we never see you again!  Workshop takes place at Nopalito Native Plant Nursery, and all necessary tools and materials will be supplied. 

Antonio Sanchez is co-owner of Nopalito Native Plant Nursery and a huge L.A. Kings and Los Tigres del Norte fan.  After years of working in and studying Sustainable Agriculture, he developed a love for the most sustainable of all plants, plastic indoor ferns.......and native plants.  He has done time at some of the most respected native plant institutions in the state, including Cal Flora Nursery, the Theodore Payne Foundation for Native Plants, and the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.

Admission

$20 -- must pre-register, limit 13 participants

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White Sage

White Sage

First things first: Yes, this is the sage that many folks in California use to make dry bundles or 'smudge sticks' out of. Good stuff. The plant is also beautiful and quite a focal point in drought-tolerant landscapes.

White sage usually grows 2 - 4 feet high and wide when not in flower. The plant has a very natural open look to it. The pungent grayish-white foliage adds to this allure.

Usually beginning in late Spring, large wands covered with white to light-pink flowers rise from the plant, easily adding another 2 - 4 feet (The tallest I've ever seen was over six feet tall). This makes for a unique, dramatic and whatever-other-adjective-you-want-to-add-in-there display that is as California as Venice Beach and delayed state budgets.

Once the flowers begin to dry, the entire plant goes into a semi-dormancy phase, shedding many of its larger leaves. Gardeners may wish to prune the spent flowers at this time, and pruning the entire plant in the winter will lead to fuller, more garden-friendly specimens.

That's basically it. Step 1: Find a hot, dry area of your garden where a silvery plant will shine. Step 2: Water white sage very little after established and make your own smudge sticks. Step 3: Prune as recommended and don't forget to check out your plants on a moon-lit night, very pretty. Good for slopes.