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Earth Day at Gilman Historic Ranch and Wagon Museum

The Earth Day celebration at Gilman Ranch is less than two weeks away. You are invited to come out to the ranch on April 12, 2014 to participate in fun family activities, learn about the Gilman family, visit the wagon museum, learn about the environment and listen to presentations by guest speakers. Click on the image to download the new color flyer.

Share the flyer with friends, family and your favorite teachers and librarians.

Who will be at the ranch? Take a look!

Educational Exhibitors

  • View a hybrid vehicle from the South Coast Air Quality
    Management District.
  • Learn about fire fighting history with the Fire Memories Museum.
  • Discover local wildlife with Hidden Valley Nature Center.
  • Learn about composting with Riverside County Waste Management.
  • “Leave No Trace” Outdoor Ethics with the Bureau of Land Management.
  • Discuss local conservation efforts with the Inland Empire Resource Conservation District.
  • Discover eco-friendly pest control solutions by ECOSKAN Pest Solutions.
  • Find out how the Western Riverside Council of Governments strengthens communities in western Riverside county.
  • Get to know the Banning Community Advisory Committee

Family Fun Activities

  • Newspaper Pots (seeds and soil donated by Cherry Valley Nursery)
  • Accidental Foods & Potato Sack Race
  • Go on a tour of the Gilman ranch house
  • Enjoy a short walk on the nature trail (~ 1 mile)


  • Inland Solar
  • My Tickle Bee Beauty (soaps, oil, bath and body)
  • SunnysideLOCAL Produce and Nursery (jams and prepared foods)
  • Sew Hot Mommies (crocheted, sewn, and hand-crafted items)
  • ArtPlantae (books and supplies about plants, environment, art)


  • Big Dev’s BBQ

  • Community Survey

    Would you like to see a community garden in Banning? Come to the ranch and let your voice be heard.

    Guest Speakers

    • Dr. Mark Hoddle, Center for Invasive Species, UC Riverside
    • Jan Kielmann, 123 Farm, Cherry Valley (medicinal plants)
    • Tania Marien, ArtPlantae, Riverside (The Ambonese Herbal)

    Schedule subject to change

    Earth Day at Gilman Historic Ranch and Wagon Museum

    Saturday, April 12, 2014
    9 AM – 3 PM

    Adults (walk-in) $3
    Children $2
    Dogs $1

    Directions to Gilman Historic Ranch and Wagon Museum

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    nybg_TheOrchidShow_2014_Page_2 The Orchid Show:
    Key West Contemporary

    New York Botanical Garden
    March 1 – April 21, 2014

    Inspired by a modernist estate garden on the island of Key West, the 12th annual orchid show is a mosaic of classic and exotic orchids. Geometric reflecting pools, soaring angular pergolas, sleek benches and orchids will delight visitors to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Weekend musical performances, a curated poetry walk and many other activities complement the exhibition.

    You are invited to enjoy the nation’s largest orchid exhibition, celebrate a NYBG tradition, and take advantage of a special offer to save 20% on an All-Garden Pass. Purchase an All-Garden Pass online at NYBG.org from March 1 – April 21, 2014 and save 20% by using the code 7120 during checkout.

    This offer is valid only when code 7120 is used online at NYBG.org. Valid for visits made March 1 through April 21, 2014. Offer subject to availability. Discount cannot be combined with any other promotional offer or previously purchased tickets. Discount may be modified or withdrawn without prior notice. Tickets are not refundable or exchangeable.

    Order tickets today at NYBG.org!

    Also See

    Plant Talk: Inside the New York Botanical Garden

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    The Contra Costa Master Gardeners and the City of Brentwood are hosting
    In Our Own Backyard, a celebration of local and sustainable fresh food at the new Brentwood Community Center in Brentwood, California. This event will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2014 from 9 AM – 4 PM.

    The morning program will focus on local agricultural, especially what’s happening in Brentwood, Contra Costa County’s most productive agricultural community. Farmers who specialize in Brentwood sweet corn will discuss how this crop has been developed and has become a sought-after variety throughout the west. A newer cottage industry, olive oil, has also taken root in East Contra Costa County and Sean McCauley, the farmer who pioneered the region’s olive oil growth, will speak about its production.

    The Brentwood Agricultural Land Trust (BALT) will also give a presentation about local food production and how farmland conservation and stewardship are vital to continuing success.

    In the afternoon, the spotlight turns to the home gardener. Leading soil scientist Dr. Steve Andrews will speak about enhancing the soil in home gardens.
    Dr. Andrews will discuss solutions for making soil more productive so that home gardeners can produce better edible and ornamental plants. Following Dr. Andrews’ presentation, local CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) will discuss how consumers can take advantage of farm fresh fruit and vegetables and how these fresh foods can be delivered to one’s home or be picked up at a chosen site.

    Local vendors will share samples and offer soaps, honey, yarn, jams and many other local food and non-food agricultural products for sale.

    Tickets for this special event are $35 each and can be purchased on the
    In Our Own Backyard 2014 website. Admission includes a catered lunch by Nature’s Bounty.

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    See Val Webb’s online workshop about herbs. It’s art, history and folklore!

    Here is what’s new at Classes Near You > Alabama:

    The Illustrated Garden, A Studio Blog

    Val Webb is the 2013 Artist-in-Residence at the Mobile Botanical Gardens. This year Val will work at the gardens and encourage others to sketch the garden’s collections to learn about plants, gardening and all that the Mobile Botanical Gardens has to offer. Visit Val’s website to view her online tutorial, Botanical Drawing with Pencil and Watercolor. Connect with The Illustrated Garden on Facebook.

      Birds in Colored Pencil – Starting January 6, 2014
      Learn how to paint colored pencil portraits of birds using Val Webb’s “gentle pencil” drawing technique. Then learn how to layer color to create detailed colored pencil images. This online course is composed of nine lessons. Work at your own pace. No experience necessary. Pre-registration required. Cost: $50
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      Drawn & Decorated Watercolor Lettering
      – Starting January 13, 2014
      Create decorated letters using watercolor, Pigma Micron pens, pencils and brush. No experience necessary. Participants have four months to complete 10 projects. Work at your own pace. Pre-registration required. Cost: $50
      View Details/Register

      Draw & Paint Six Culinary Herbs
      – Starting March 3, 2014
      Not your typical botanical drawing course. Participants will create pencil studies, spirited ink-and-wash sketches, mixed media paintings and learn about the history and folklore of the six herbs that are the focus of this course. Ten lessons. Work at your own pace. Pre-registration required. Cost: $50
      View Details/Register

    Also see Val’s online workshop about drawing dogs and cats in pencil and charcoal that begins on January 27, 2014.

    Are miniature gardens and fairies your passion? Then don’t miss Val’s class, Draw & Paint Fairies in Nature.

    View all online workshops at The Illustrated Garden

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    Please welcome Mt.Cuba Center to the Classes Near You section!

    You can view their classes here and at Classes Near You > Delaware.

    Mt. Cuba Center

    Mt. Cuba Center is a botanical garden in Hockessin, DE dedicated to the conservation, display, and research of native plants. Their woodland wildflower gardens are recognized as the area’s finest. The Center hosts many interesting classes related to plants, gardening and the arts. View their full schedule of on-site classes and distance learning classes on their website.

      Fall Photography Free Stroll
      Saturday, October 26, 2013
      7:30 am – 11:30 am

      Enjoy this early morning opportunity to photograph the gardens of
      Mt. Cuba Center!

      Chris Starr will offer advice, tips, and ideas as well as answer your photography questions. Photographers of all experience levels, from novices to experts, will receive personal guidance. Stroll the gardens while capturing the visual glory of autumn. Be sure to bring your lenses, camera manual, and dress for the weather. Tripods are welcome. Garden admission is included with registration. Chris Starr is an experienced photographer who has played many roles at Mt. Cuba Center since 1984. Currently he is a member of the grounds team. View Details/Register

      Hidden Treasures

      November 5-7, 2013
      10:00 am to 3:00 pm

      Create botanical art from a new perspective!

      Primarily using graphite pencil, but including watercolor and colored pencil, create a drawing with a range of texture and tone. Our focus will be more on the sculptural and textural qualities of our plant source than on color. Learn how to capture nature from a different vantage point and see the art you can create from spent flowers, dried up leaves or spindly stalks. John will augment his group instruction with individual coaching. Basic drawing ability needed and a materials list is provided upon class registration. Please bring your lunch.

      John Gist is an acclaimed artist who worked as an illustrator after graduating from the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts) with a degree in Illustration. He has taught art for over 15 years including at Bartram’s Garden and the Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators. His work has been displayed in several exhibitions, including the exclusive International Exhibition of Botanical Art and Illustration at the Hunt Institute, the Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators Exhibition at the Philadelphia International Flower Show, the Woodmere Art Museum, and with the American Society of Botanical Artists annual shows. View Details/Register

      Multiply Your Natives from Seed

      Saturday, November 9
      9:00 am – 2:00 pm

      Learn how to identify, collect, and sow native seeds. Join Bill McAvoy, Delaware’s state botanist, and Phil Oyerly, Mt. Cuba Center’s greenhouse manager, as they share their joint expertise in growing native plants from seed. Bill will teach you how to correctly identify seeds, explain the ethics of collecting seed from the wild, and demonstrate sustainable seed collecting practices. Clean the seed you harvest, learn seed scarification and stratification techniques, and find out the best ways to store seed. This is a hands-on workshop so be dressed for the weather and able to walk the rugged terrain of our Natural Lands. Students will take home wildflower seeds. Please bring a bagged lunch.

      William McAvoy has been the Delaware state botanist for the last 23 years, while serving in the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife. He is the primary author of the 2001 publication The Flora of Delaware, an annotated checklist, which has been revised as an online database. Phil Oyerly is the greenhouse manager at Mt. Cuba Center and has worked in the plant propagation area for many years. Phil and his staff grow native plants in support of the landscape and research activities of
      Mt. Cuba Center. View Details/Register

      Winter Tree Identification

      Saturday, January 18, 2014
      (Snow date: February 1, 2014)
      9:00 am – 12 Noon

      Learn the basics for identifying woody plants in winter. Don’t let the leafless trees of winter scare you! Eileen Boyle, Director of Education and Research at Mt. Cuba Center, will teach you distinguishing characteristics for identifying native trees and shrubs during the austerity of winter. Examine bark, study habit, inspect buds, and collect twigs then put them through a dichotomous key. Dress for winter conditions since this class will be held both outdoors and in the lab. Eileen Boyle is the Director of Education and Research at Mt. Cuba Center. Previously she was the director of horticulture at the Philadelphia Zoo and the New York Botanical Garden. She has also worked as a horticulture professor, an administrator for the New York City’s parks, and for the USDA. View Details/Register

      Why We Need More Natives in Our Gardens

      Tuesday, January 28, 2014
      (Snow Date: Feb. 4, 2014)
      7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

      Garden for life – ours and theirs!

      Specialized relationships between animals and plants is the norm in nature, rather than the exception. Plants that evolved in concert with local animals provide for their needs better than plants that evolved elsewhere. Doug will explain why this is so, why it is important to restore biodiversity to our residential properties, what we need to do to turn our landscapes into functioning ecosystems once again, and what we will gain by doing so. Doug will sign copies of his book, Bringing Nature Home. Doug Tallamy is Professor and Chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology and Director of the Center for Managed Ecosystems at the University of Delaware in Newark, DE. He has authored 73 research articles and taught Insect Taxonomy, Behavioral Ecology, and other courses for 30 years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. His book, Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens, received the 2008 Silver Medal by the Garden Writers Association.
      View Details/Register

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    The Lloyd Library & Museum invites you!

    You are invited to the dedication of the Lloyd Medicinal and Johnny Appleseed Memorial Garden at The Ohio Governor’s Residence on October 23, 2013.

    The Friends of the Ohio Governor’s Residence and Heritage Garden is pleased to announce its latest addition to the Heritage Garden — the Lloyd Medicinal and Johnny Appleseed Memorial Garden. This new medicinal garden, named after early 20th-century pharmacist John Uri Lloyd, of Cincinnati, Ohio, surrounds a descendant of one of Johnny Appleseed’s famed late 18th century apple trees planted in Ohio and the surrounding area. These highlight the multiplicity of uses of plants, and those that were especially important to the early families and individuals residing in the state.

    The dedication ceremony begins at 1:30 p.m., with special appearances by First Lady Karen W. Kasich, and John Uri Lloyd and Johnny Appleseed impersonators. Light refreshments will be provided. The dedication will be held in the
    Heritage Garden at the Ohio Governor’s Residence.

    Attendees MUST register in advance by October 16, 2013.
    Please go to the Lloyd Library website to RSVP and to get more information.

    The Heritage Garden was established in 2000, under the guidance of Former First Lady Hope Taft. The garden was designed to showcase the variety of Ohio’s natural history and environment to the thousands of yearly visitors to the Ohio Governor’s Residence. It has continued to grow and flourish since that time. The idea for the Lloyd Medicinal and Johnny Appleseed Garden was first conceived in 2009. The garden was completed this year.

    The Lloyd Medicinal and Johnny Appleseed Garden was made possible through support of the following: Friends of the Lloyd Library and Museum,
    Ohio Pharmacists Association, Meisner & Associates Land Vision, Friends of the Ohio Governor’s Residence and Heritage Garden, Greenscapes: Excellence by Design, and Larry Owen.

    About The Friends of the Ohio Governor’s Residence and Heritage Garden

    The Friends of the Ohio Governor’s Residence and Heritage Garden was established in 2006 as a non-partisan, non-profit 501(c)3 organization to help preserve, enhance and promote the Ohio Governor’s Residence and Heritage Garden. Our Board of Directors consists of business and cultural leaders from across the state who value the significance of this historic landmark and are committed to ensuring its legacy for generations to come. For more information, visit the Friends’ website.

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    GardenFest6_8_11 UCR Botanic Gardens
    Celebrates 50 Years!


    The University of California Riverside Botanic Garden (UCRBG) is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a family garden festival. Demonstrations, lectures, a marketplace, and children’s activities are planned for this special event. The Garden is excited to announce the UCRBG Children’s Fund. Visit the festival to learn more about this new fund and how the Garden will begin its next 50 years as a teaching and educational facility promoting environmental sustainability.

    Visit ArtPlantae in the garden as it kicks off a Teacher Trunk Show featuring children’s books about plants, instructional books about botanical art and exhibition catalogs showcasing the best of contemporary botanical art.

    Teachers, what kind of resources about plants, nature and art do you want for your classroom? Stop by and let me know!

    The UCR Botanic Gardens 50th Anniversary Festival is free and open to the public. Parking, $5. Hours: 10 AM – 4 PM.

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