One of the easiest ways to continue your growth as a gardener is by going back to school! No, not the sort of education that will put you into a mountain of debt (cough*undergrad*cough*cough)- I’m talking about the sort of education that you can plug into whenever, wherever, on your own watch.
Here in Los Angeles we have a ton of great resources at our disposal, including multitudes of volunteer programs, handfuls of master gardeners that offer weekend sessions, and the recently created Seed Library of Los Angeles (SLOLA), just to name a few.
One of my favorite places to go and grow is The Learning Garden at Venice High School. Gardenmaster David King teaches a lot of the classes for both the school and the public, and with over 50 years of gardening experience, there are few questions you could ask that he won’t have an answer for. (He’s even breeding his own varieties of seeds right now! Too cool!) I’ve attended several classes there, including his essential “Growing Food In Southern California”, and always come home with lots of good information that I will be no doubt be sharing some of in the coming months here as well.
If you’re not in SoCal, a quick Google search will yield some results for classes and community gardens in your area. And if you live in LA, check out The Learning Garden or SLOLA on Facebook for more information!
The Learning Garden (Venice, CA), a set on Flickr.