Embracing El Niño: Orange County Gardening Classes

One of the best parts about El Niño is the rain! While Southern Californians may get bored when they can’t do their normal outdoor activities, there are many things you can do with the rainwater falling from the sky! Whether you have never planted anything before or are a seasoned gardener with a green thumb, there are many ways to embrace gardening this season.

Where to Learn to Garden in Orange County:

The Great Park in Irvine

The Great Park offers free parking and free admission to their Farm + Food gardening classes, hosted by the Master Gardeners of Orange County. They even feature seasonal and holiday favorites like Seasonal Sweethearts for Valentine’s Day. Embrace this opportunity for free education with the Great Park, which continues to expand every year.

Armstrong Garden Centers

With no registration required and no fees on most classes, Armstrong is a great place to start or continue your garden-cation (ha, see what I did there?).  A few classes offered include Rose Pruning, Growing Veggies from Seed, and Grow Your Own Berries. Garden Talks are also offered, great for Meetup groups or students.

Fullerton Arboretum

The Fullerton Arboretum is a hidden gem on the California State University Fullerton campus. Admission is free though a $5 donation is requested. The Arboretum offers classes on propagation, composting, and more. The Potting Shed also has a variety of plants for sale, as well as large sales throughout the year. Check out VeggiePalooza and the Cactus Sale!

OC Fair & Event Center

The OC Fair Event Center offers gardening classes year-round, but especially in the springtime. Check their calendar at the link above and find out more.

Orange County Herb Society

For less than $20 a year, gardening enthusiasts can join the Herb Society and get access to the OCHS Library; or come to the meetings for free. The meetings take place September through June on the first Sunday of each month at the Heritage Museum in Santa Ana.


There are meetups for every speciality including those interested in organic gardening, vegetable gardening, vegan gardening and diets, and more. Find your Meetup at the link below, most are free or low cost to attend events.

Do you have a favorite gardening class or workshop? Tell us in the comments below!


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