Tour and Events Calendar

Speaking Engagements and Events

Miranda and I are available for lectures, workshops, consultations and in-services on a wide variety of permaculture topics.  Popular lectures are: An Introduction to Permaculture (with Power Point visuals), Composting Techniques for Everyone (demonstration), Regenerative Living, Wildlife Demystified, and The Importance of Planting Natives,  although we talk about much more (just ask!).  In-services for teachers can be paired with a consultation on a school garden.  Please contact for appearance fees at, rather than using the comments section of this blog which can be unreliable.

At A Glance:

Events at Finch Frolic Garden

Monthly Open Tours:(the third Sunday at 10 am sharp). April’s will occur on Saturday the 15th due to Easter Sunday the next day.

MAY 13: AAUW GARDEN TOUR: we’re on it!  10 – 4.

Tickets must be purchased in advance. On sale for $20 at Major Market, The Chamber of Commerce and the Avocado Festival.  You may also purchase them on the day of the event for $25 at the Palomares House, where the tour begins.

Lots of wonderful gardens to see! We were on the tour in 2012 when the garden was in its first year, so those who came then will be astonished at how it has grown!

Monthly Special Day: (second Sunday of each month) , 7 am – 1 pm: Brushes and Birds: Art, Birdwatching, and Quiet in the Garden:  we’ve had artist groups and birders visit and now we’ve a special monthly day just for those who would like to enjoy the garden without a tour. If you paint, sketch, birdwatch, write, meditate, or just love the peace of a garden, this is your morning. We start early so that you can catch the birds and the light. $3 per person. 

Monthly Workshops: We asked what you’d like to learn about, and we listened! Cost of the program is $20 per person. You can use the PayPal ‘Donate’ button on the homepage to pre-pay, or pay when you come. Please RSVP to, even if you’ve said so on a Meetup.  Homemade vegetarian refreshments will be provided; students may wander Finch Frolic Garden before or after the program. We look forward to seeing you there!

MAY 13: AAUW GARDEN TOUR: we’re on it! 

May 27, 2pm-4pm: The How and Why of Native Plants 

June 17, 2pm-4pm: Plant Guilds: How They Work and How To Plant Them.

July 22, 2pm-4pm: Brewing Bokashi and Growing Worms: Making good soil easily.Plant Guilds: How They Work and How To Plant Them.

August 26, 2pm-4pm: Demystifying Wildlife.

Sept. 23, 2pm-4pm: Seeds and Stems: How To Gather and How To Sprout.

Oct. 28, 2pm-4pm: Really Cool Recycling Ideas that will Save You Time and Money.

Nov. 18th and 19th, 8am – 2pm: Annual Marketplace, and Last Open Tours of the Year.

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