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    “Geri… I so enjoyed your workshop last saturday, The Secrets of Success With Edibles at Mar’sel restaurant at Terranea Resort…you are a delightful teacher! Thank you for sharing your gifts and passions. You inspire me…”
    Mike Bridge Bell, Pomona, California


“We were pretty sure that there would be interest just by witnessing how many of our Montrose Park neighbors had done edible gardens last year,” said Craig Axtell, MPHDA trustee. “But the response has been way beyond our expectations.”

“I was on the edge of my seat at your class today. I loved it! Will you be presenting anywhere else in South Bay in the near future as I would like to attend one of your next lectures? You inspired me on so many levels. Love your passion and knowledge for gardening!” ~ Lisa Coppedge

“Thank you Geri for another fun and educational workshop.” ~ Lisa Mouton Riff

“Thank you for the workshop yesterday!! Loved the lecture and hands-on demonstration. Look forward to learning more on your blog & future classes.”~ Gina Harpur

“The class yesterday was very enjoyable. I especially liked being able to choose plants and actually plant them. Many thanks! ~ Sharon Ratteree, Palos Verdes, CA

“I wanted to thank you again for a great class last Saturday. I loved it and it was well worth the drive from OC. My friend Ralda and I drove to Terranea afterwards and had lunch at Nelsons, which was wonderful. Great food, wonderful view! My little edible planter is doing great and growing already. Your lecture was really enjoyable and it opened my eyes to a whole new way of landscaping, which I’ve already started incorporating in my yard.” ~ Robin Clow, Orange County, CA

“Dear Geri… we had a great time at the Mar’sel garden. We feel you went beyond our expectations in regard to your informative lecture, the “hands-on” approach to planting, arranging lunch, a raffle, and letting us take home plants. (I am sure we are forgetting something!) Above and beyond the call of duty! We went directly home and Bob was in the garden immediately. He HAD to get those leeks in the ground! Do you know how long we have been looking for leeks?
Anyway, please keep us on the “A” list. I am now your “friend” on facebook so as not to miss a thing.
Keep up the good work!”
Janice & Bob Kollar, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA



HGEL Gardening “Talks” Handouts

Follow the link below to access the handouts created by HGEL for various lectures and meant for your enjoyment and edification. Reprinting is prohibited without prior permission from the author.


  • Speaking/Instructing

    University of CA – El Dorado County Master Gardeners: click on Public Ed Classes 

    University of CA – Los Angeles County Master Gardeners: Victory Garden Initiative Class Schedule

    University of CA – Monterey Bay/Santa Cruz County Master Gardeners: Event/Classes

    University of CA – Orange County Master Gardeners: Seminar schedule

    University of CA – Riverside County Master Gardeners

    University of CA – San Bernardo County Master Gardeners: Class/Event schedule

    University of CA – San Diego County Master Gardeners: Seminar Schedule

    University of CA – San Mateo/San Francisco County Master Gardeners: Seminar Schedule

    University of CA – Santa Barbara County Master Gardeners

    University of CA – Santa Clara County Master Gardeners: Seminar schedule

    University of CA – Ventura County Master Gardeners: Seminar schedule

    Listing by County –


    Los Angeles County – Arcadia – LA Arboretum and Botanic Garden – Events/Class Schedule

    Los Angeles County – Claremont – Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden – Events/Classes

    Los Angeles County – La Canada Flintridge – Descanso Gardens – Class Schedule

    Los Angeles County – Rancho Palos Verdes – South Coast Botanical Garden – Class Sched.

    Los Angeles County – San Marino – Huntington Library Botanical Garden – Class/Events

    Los Angeles County – Sun Valley – Thomas Payne Foundation & Nursery Events/Class Schedule – Specializing in California native plants.

    Los Angeles County – Torrance – City of Torrance Community Service Center/Class ScheduleNative Plants in the Wild & in Your Garden – 1st Saturday of every month at 10:00 am* Free  This Class will repeat the following Tuesday at 6:30 pm

    LA/Orange County – Fullerton – Fullerton Arboretum – Class/Events – Kids and adult classes

    Orange County – Orange County Herb Society – Events/Classes – meetings are free to guests.  

    Orange County – OC Chapter CA Assoc. of Nurseries and Garden Centers – Events/Classes

    Riverside County – UC Riverside Botanic Gardens – Events/Classes



    San Diego County – The Water Conservation Garden at Cayamaca College – Events/Class Schedule – This program also gives a wonderful HOA (Home Owners Association) Workshops on how to guide HOA’s to adopt more “water-wise” landscaping.

    San Francisco/Palo Alto Area – CONEXIONS – Partnerships for a Sustainable Future

    Santa Barbara County – Santa Barbara Botanic Garden – Class Schedule

    Ventura County – UC ANR – Hansen Agricultural Center – Class Schedule

    Various Locations:  

    Pacific Horticulture Society – A Resource for West Coast Gardeners – Events/Class Schedule

    Southern CA: Chance of Rain – Dry Gardening Events and Workshop Schedule

    California Native Plant Society – LA/Santa Monica Chapter Event Schedule

    LA County Dept. of Public Works – Various Locations – Smart Gardening Class Schedule

    Metropolitan Water District of Southern CA – Online and In-person Class Schedule