Native plant focus of upcoming Torrance event

February 12, 2017 by  

The art of espaliering has been used or centuries to grow shrubs, trees and other plants in small spaces, and those who come to a workshop hosted by Torrance’s Madonna Marsh Nature Center and Preserve will learn how to use this practice in their own gardens.

California State University, Dominguez Hills’ professor Connie Vadheim will be facilitating the session, which will teach people about this horticultural practice. It involves using pruning, wiring and other techniques to train a plant to grow flat along a brick wall or other surface. It’s often used to grow fruit trees or shrubs in a small garden. Depending on the location, it can also make it possible to cultivate native species that would otherwise not survive the conditions found in a particular location. Handouts will be given to each student, and digital copying can be used to produce items like these.

At the end of the workshop, the participants will have an opportunity to go for a guided walk through the center’s native plant garden. As they do, there will be further discussion about these species and why they are so important to the local ecosystem.

“Out of the Wilds and Into Your Garden, The Gentle Art of Espalier” has been planned for the center, which is located at 3201 Plaza Del Amo, on March 4th. It is intended for adults, and there is not cost to participate, though donations are welcome.