A few weeks ago, I wrote about the IBC, Irvine’s mixed-use, live-work-play district. In the future, I will write about Costa Mesa’s mixed-use, live-work-play district, South Coast Metro. South Coast Metro includes Costa Mesa’s arts and cultural center as well as South Coast Plaza, a shopping mall that includes international and local shoppers.
More on all that later. Today, I am going to concentrate on South Coast Plaza’s Annual Garden Show—especially some of the events that are appropriate for Earth Day, which is Wednesday. Many seminars and talks are available, but the following are particularly appropriate for Earth Day. Some of the topics include composting, planting a victory garden, and lowering garden water use and, therefore, your water bill.
Thursday, April 23, 4:00 pm, Annuals and Perennials; and Practice Urban Composting
The University of California Master Gardeners of Orange County present Annuals and Perennials, discuss plants that flourish in Orange County gardens and Practical Urban Composting, home composting de-mystified, and From Garden to Table, how to plant your own Victory Garden in 2009.
Friday, April 24, 2009, 10:00 am, Gardening Green in Orange County
Ron Vanderhoff, Nursery General Manager, Roger’s Gardens and weekly columnist for the Daily Pilot, The Coastal Gardener, will give a comprehensive overview of the green issues related to gardening including, water conservation and runoff, coastal pollution, invasive plant issues and green waste concerns. He will also discuss plant selections, sustainable designs, new irrigation techniques and technology, water harvesting and composting.
Saturday, April 25, 2009, 2:30 pm, Protecting the Pacific
Douglas Kent, Author and Environmental Horticulture, Landscape Designer discusses his unique strategy for creating landscapes that help breathe life into our ocean and waterways. Kent, a successful environmental horticulturalist and landscape designer will discuss design strategies, illustrate construction ideas, and provide a wealth of maintenance tips that, when combined, will either stop and/or clean the water running off your property
Sunday, April 26, 2009, 3:30 pm, Earth Friendly Landscape Designs
Rama Nayeri, owner Creations Landscape Designs, describes the many, easy and cost effective ways to significantly reduce water and grocery bills by having an earth friendly landscape design that will combine beauty of the natural environment and improve the community.
South Coast Plaza’s annual spring garden show runs this week from Thursday, April 23, through Sunday, April 26. For a look at all the South Coast Plaza events, which includes demonstration gardens and children’s events, see the event calendar.
Tomorrow: a look at the numbers for Irvine’s University Town Center homes
Wednesday, Earth Day: a look at some National Natural Landmark spots that are suitable for a day or long-weekend trip
PHOTO COURTESY SOUTH COAST PLAZA SPRING GARDEN SHOW