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Classes, Lectures & Workshops

Ban Those Bugs – while keeping the good guys

June 7 – 10:00-noon; June 10 -  6:30-8:30 p.m.
Madrona Marsh Nature Center

June 12, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Gardena Mayme Dear Library – 1731 West Gardena Blvd.

Pests can be a problem in any garden. How to get rid of them is the question.  Kelley Dawdy (CSU Dominguez Hills) will discuss ways to manage garden pests using Integrated Pest Management (IPM) an earth-friendly approach that protects the beneficial insects, of the gardening series “Out of the Wilds and Into Your Garden”.  Thursday, June 12th, 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Gardena Mayme Dear Library, 1731 W. Gardena Blvd., Gardena.  For additional information call (310) 217-0681 or visit  This is the only gardening series to feature native plants appropriate for the Gardena/South Bay area – and it’s FREE!  This program is sponsored by the Friends of Gardena Willows Wetland Preserve.  

Most suitable for adults                        FREE donations gratefully accepted


Turn Your Garden into Pollinator Heaven – Individual consultation

June 14,  9:00 a.m. to noon
Mother Nature’s Backyard

 Bring your questions about native pollinators and pollinator gardening to a free session with Dr. Connie Vadheim (CSUDH).   We will have helpful displays, brochures, information sheets and plant lists available.  See pollinator plants – and their pollinators – in action in the garden setting.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about native pollinators.  Bring your camera and note book.

 Most suitable for adults, but all welcome         FREE donations gratefully accepted



Celebrate National Pollinator Week

 June 15, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Mother Nature’s Backyard and Gardena Willows Wetland Preserve

June 15-21 is National Pollinators Week.  Kick off the week with our pollinator-related activities.  Helpful displays, brochures and information sheets for gardeners.  Draw or color pictures of pollinators.  Take our 2014 Pollinator Survey.  Try some interesting pollinator experiments.  And more.

All ages welcome                       FREE donations gratefully accepted





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