Southern California boasts a cornucopia of plants and blooms, appreciated the world over. However, some of the most beauteous Angelino horticulture have darker identities; identities characterized by toxicity, malady and, even, death.
Join the Obscura Society LA and horticulturalist Kelley Remington for a tour of the Larchmont neighborhood, a hotbed of toxic and deadly plant life. He will help us identify, learn, and explore the histories of these plants while familiarizing tourgoers with toxicity ratings, toxicity symptoms and even a tale of horticultural murder! The tour and conversation will open your eyes to a fascinating and dangerous angle of LA’s flora.
On This Tour, You Will Learn…
-To identify the native origins of 25-30 common landscape trees and shrubs that have some level of toxicity
-To understand and identify the toxicity rating of plants
-To detect symptoms of poison on the body
-To identify parts of plants that are/may be toxic
-A cross-section of poisonous plant history applicable to Southern California (and beyond!)
Kelley Remington, our horticulturalist, is a graduate of the University of Washington in Urban Forestry/ Urban Horticulture. He's been working as a Certified Nurseryman & Horticulturist since 1997. He first got his start when he lied about his age at 14 to get a job working at Furney's Nursery in Seattle, WA. Eventually, he moved to Northern California to work full-time on a friend's whimsical English country garden, which became a regular stop on the garden tours of the Sonoma County Master Gardeners. He now owns his own business in Sliverlake that specializes in boutique gardening & seasonal planter installations - "Joe Horticulture." He loves talking about all-things-plants.
Notes For this Adventure:
-This is a an hour and half walking tour, so please wear comfortable shoes.
-The whole tour will be outside, make sure to have protection from the sun and plenty of water.
-Bathroom access will be limited.
-Exact meeting location will be sent out to attendees several days prior to the event, but it will be in the Larchmont neighborhood.
-The plants introduced on the tour can be dangerous. Handling of the plants is not allowed, and a strict adherence to the guide is absolutely mandatory for all tourgoers.