[Lapg] Edible Landscaping Course begins Oct 9, Tarzana

C. Darren Butler butlercdarren at gmail.com
Fri Oct 7 15:20:30 PDT 2011

hosted by EcoWorkshops.com in Tarzana
Sunday afternoons, Oct 9, 16, 30, Nov 6, 13, 2:00 - 6:00pm
Registration fee: $245

hosted by Root Simple in Silver Lake
Tuesday and Thursday evenings,Oct 18, 27, Nov 1, 3, 6:00 to 9:00pm
$115 early registration for payments received by October 11, $125 thereafter
$35 per single class if available

My email: darren at pobox.com for public distribution, or use my gmail address
after you receive it.
To register contact me at the above email address or by phone: (818)

See below for further details about each course. See the end of this message
for enrollment instructions, general information/FAQs, and instructor bio.


Introduces Darren Butler's living-systems methods for edible landscaping and
covers basic-to-intermediate design, planning, selecting species, planting,
and growing edible landscapes. Suitable for homeowners, landscape
professionals, community activists, volunteers, chefs, kitchen gardeners,
and foodies. A breakthrough course that has launched design careers and
allowed many nonprofessionals to complete and install edible landscapes
without paying a professional designer. Certificate available. Fall is the
best time of year to plan and install edible landsacpes in Southern

Not an introductory gardening course. Beginners should expect to be
challenged. Time will be spent on basics.

Inquire for full Edible Landscaping Course announcement.


An intermediate series with focused, high-value topics for experienced
gardeners. Classes are four sessions of three hours each, including demos
and hands-on work.

Recommended for those who are ready to expand their knowledge of soils,
composting, and appropriate organic methods for Southern California; use
aerated compost tea; prune and care properly for fruit trees; or build a
drip system.

Some gardeners may benefit from both the beginning Victory Gardening and
Intermediate Organic Gardening classes. Discussion may be limited to basics
only in the beginning class, and basic topics may be excluded from the
intermediate class.

Class topics:
Session 1: Intermediate Vegetable Gardening and Nontoxic Pest Management,
including methods to maximize year-round harvest in Southern California
Session 2: Soil Science, Intermediate Composting, and Aerated Compost Tea
Session 3: Drip System Construction and Best Practices
Session 4: Fruit-Tree Care, Planting, and Pruning


We always have a great time in my classes. Please come prepared to have a
good time and learn a lot. To register make payment to Darren Butler, PO Box
589, Topanga CA 90290 until five days before the first session. Please
contact me prior to sending payment to confirm that space is still
available. For more information or to pay online with a credit card, contact
Darren Butler at darren at pobox.com or use my gmail address after you receive
it. Email communication preferred. For phone contact: (818) 271-0963 (leave
a message). Use phone if no email response after 48 hours. Payment is all
that is needed to hold your registration. Additional information will be
collected at or before the first session.

Terms: Preregistration required. Payment must be received to confirm
enrollment. Full refunds less $25 processing fee for requests made at least
a week prior to the first class. No refunds thereafter. Substitute
attendance is welcome or credit can be issued for a future course. Class is
filled on a first-considered basis and may fill early.

Single-class availability is limited; inquire to confirm availability before
sending payment for single class(es).

Instructor: Darren Butler, a local horticulturist and Master Gardener, and
professional landscape consultant, arborist, and landscape designer. See
www.EcoWorkshops.com for more about past classes from Darren Butler and
below for a bio.

Partial attendance: I will be attempting to audiorecord all sessions, so if
you must miss a session, most or all of the lecture should be available for
later makeup. To obtain audio you will need to bring a flash or thumb drive
to class. You may send someone else to attend any sessions you must miss.

C. Darren Butler is an Ecological Landscape Designer, Consulting Arborist,
Greywater & Irrigation Designer, Landscape and Garden Consultant, and
Teacher. He has appeared on international television, NPR radio, local
television, and in many other media as an expert, and has worked as an
arborist expert witness. He is a frequent presenter at conferences and
events throughout California, and has been keynote speaker at major events.
>From 2007 - 2009 he served on statewide Advisory and Steering Committees for
all University of California Master Gardener programs, which influenced the
outreach efforts of 5,000 California Master Gardeners and the 100,000 or
more California residents they serve every year. He has taught Designing
Sustainable Landscapes and Diagnosing Plant and Tree Problems for the UCCE
LA County Master Gardener Training Program for six years. He offers
workshops, courses, and retreats to the general public on topics related to
gardening, landscaping, trees, irrigation, permaculture, and sustainability.
He consults, designs, speaks, and teaches throughout Southern California and
beyond, and in 2010 bloggged at KPCC radio's Facebook community, The
Freeway. See www.EcoWorkshops.com. Contact darren at pobox.com.
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