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Obscura Society LA: The Darker Side of Angelino Flora - A Tour of LA's Toxic Plants

Explore the dangerous side of LA’s most common- and most toxic- flora

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.