Cater to your green thumb at Flower & Garden workshops this weekend

From tropical plumarias to propagating cacti, you can learn so much by dropping by the Flower & Garden Pavilion’s Atrium.

In keeping with this year’s celebration of Mexico’s 200th anniversary of independence, the appropriately named Casa Flores Stage has Susan Ayala, AIFD, presenting various floral workshops. “Creating Simple Floral Designs” will be discussed at 2 and 6 p.m. on Saturday, and Sunday at 4 p.m. “How to Care for Your Flowers – A Floral Presentation” will be offered at 4 p.m. Saturday and at 2 and 6 p.m. on Sunday.

El Verde Pulgar – The Green Thumb Stage features a variety of gardening workshops. Members of The Cactus Society will explain “The Basics of Cacti” at 1 and 5 p.m. and “Cactus and Succulents Propagation” at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Also, The Los Angeles International Fern Society will have a workshop about Staghorn Ferns at 6 p.m.

Sunday’s workshops on the El Verde Pulgar Stage include “Growing Herbs and How to Use Them” presented by master gardener Kathleen Jones at 1 and 3 p.m. Mike Gordon will discuss “Pruning Roses and Fruit Trees” at 2 p.m. and “Growing Plumarias in Southern California” at 4 p.m. “Creating a Living Art, Bonsai” will be discussed by members of The Bonsai Gardens.

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The Eco-Olympics: Going for the Green

The L.A. County Fair is big on fun and deep-fried food, but we’re also proud of our educational element. There’s a reason why we call ourselves the World’s Largest Classroom! We offer education and entertainment for our own brand of “edu-tainment”! We’re also a Fair with a conscience, too. One of the attractions we’re pride of, and excited about, this year is Going Green – Making a World of Difference, presented by Mohr Power Solar Inc. Going Green is our eco-friendly exhibit that will feature displays, products and interactive activities for visitors of all ages.

 

Stepping inside Going Green will be like stepping into a lush rainforest with waterfalls and flowing plants. It will serve as the home to a 200-pound python, geckos, parrots and a sloth. I believe this may be the first time we’ve hosted a sloth. In the past we’ve had a zonkey (zebra-donkey hybrid) and last year a capybara (the world’s largest rodent), but never a sloth. The interactive exhibit, The Forest Journey, offers insight into the history of wood use throughout the world, and explores the relationship between forests and the use of trees while emphasizing the value of forest-friendly products. We’ll have an environmental magician, and Caring for the Land will offer important lessons in protecting California’s outdoor environment. Kids (and adults) will get to meet Smokey Bear, forest rangers, take a Tree ID quiz and go home with tree seedlings they can plant in their own backyard.

 

To go along with our Going Green theme, we thought we’d offer some simple tips, things that we can all do to save energy and help care for our world:

  • Turn off your computer when not in use (or use sleep mode)
  • Unplug electronics/appliances that aren’t in use
  • Use washable cloths instead of paper towels
  • Fix that drip!
  • Pack food in reusable plastic containers
  • Recyle, recycle, recycle!
  • Skip pesticides and use animals for bug eradication (install birdhouses to shelter birds who eat pests; put praying mantes and lady bugs in your garden to get rid of aphids)
  • Take shorter showers
  • Use reusable cloth grocery bags

 

These are all pretty effortless to do and don’t require any special equipment or tools. It is easy being green after all!

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