Norm Nakanishi to Speak on Clivias at Garden Club Meeting Monday 

Clivias expert Norm Nakanishi will speak at the Pacific Palisades Garden Club meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 2, at the Woman’s Club on Haverford. The public is invited.

Nakanishi is director of the North American Clivia Society. His talk will introduce different varieties of clivias and provide information on how to grow the species.

A retired high school agriculture teacher, Nakanishi has won many accolades for the Clivia specimens in his collection. He emphasizes that he is not a “show jockey” when he brings plants to shows for judging. Instead, he simply chooses the plants which look best to him at the time and brings them to the show.

Gardening and farming have been in the Nakanishi family for many years. His father and grandfather arrived in the U.S. from Japan in the early 20th century. Nakanishi’s passion has always been teaching and the care of many types of plants from orange trees to cycads and chrysanthemums to clivias.


At each regular meeting there is a plant/garden exchange and share table. Members and guests can bring plants, cuttings, garden-related materials like books or lightly used garden items for the table. Each person receives a ticket for each item they share. After the speaker, there will be a drawing and winners will be able to go to the table to select something.

N/E/X/T/ Garden Beautification Day

Volunteers are sought to beautify the N/E/X/T/ (Native/Environmental/Xeriscape/Temescal) Garden in Temescal Canyon Park, alongside Temescal Canyon Road, below Bowdoin Street, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 28.

Volunteers are needed to weed, deadhead (take off dead blooms) and trim, rake pathways, extract dry sycamore leafs, and other cleanup tasks. No experience is needed. Any time one can donate to this effort is much appreciated.











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