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Swanson Patrick at Craft Hill Monrovia

Swanson Patrick at Craft Hill Monrovia

This Thursday, Altadena artist Debbi Swanson Patrick opens her solo show at Craft Hill in Monrovia. On March 30, from 7 to 9 p.m., guests may peruse Swanson Patrick’s art and Caroline Ducout Jewelry, be serenaded by “Sleepy James” Jim Fowler, snack on appetizers, and enjoy a libation at the cash bar. Swanson Patrick’s works of art […]

Everything’s Blooming

Everything’s Blooming

Our mother is the type of gardner who’s not particularly interested in gardening. She loves flowers, she enjoys a well-designed yard, yet she’d prefer to plant some things, maybe throw a few seeds and let nature take it’s course. She did receive some design guidance for her front yard, but in the backyard? One never […]

Intergalactic Gala, Messy Mayhem, Painted Ladies & an Egg Hunt

Intergalactic Gala, Messy Mayhem, Painted Ladies & an Egg Hunt

Get ready for a busy April. Kidspace has events which if our child wasn’t a young woman and a freshman in college right now, we’d be lining up. Daily: Caterpillar Adoption Days Kids get to witness the magic of metamorphosis by adopting a Painted Lady Caterpillar, including food, adoption sheet, and instructions for care. The 21st Grand Butterfly […]

Yvonne Talks Tomatoes & Tomatomania

Yvonne Talks Tomatoes & Tomatomania

So many tomato varieties to choose from, between online, mailorder catalogs, and local resources. Even big-box stores carry some organically grown and heirloom varieties! I asked several tomato experts who had worked with me at two local Tomatomania events what their favorites were that they’d grow again this year, and which new ones they’d try […]

Caramelized Pear & Fig Pizza

Caramelized Pear & Fig Pizza

This recipe is my own spin on the baked pear and brie sandwich served at The Farm of Beverly Hills.  I first ate at The Farm with my husband when we were dating and, while I’m sure we had fun on the date, what I really remember about our outing was the baked pear and […]

Showcase House 2017

Showcase House 2017

It’s time once again for designers to descend upon a grand home and in a frenzy—and only approximately 12 weeks—re-create a foyer, living room, dining room, bathroom, foyer, or even a hallway or laundry room. This may mean tearing down walls, pulling down built-ins or re-doing floors, let alone installing light fixtures, painting or wallpapering, […]

Celebrating the Table with Chef Bruce Kalman

Celebrating the Table with Chef Bruce Kalman

Chef Bruce Kalman of Union Restaurant in Pasadena and Knead & Co. in LA’s Grand Central Market is getting around. He’ll be feeding the crowd at the Seeds of Transformation garden party at the historical Robinson House on April 29 (tickets still available) and he’ll be setting up at the inaugural Arroyo Seco Music Festival […]

In a World of Wisteria

In a World of Wisteria

Fabaceae (Leguminosae). Wisteria. Along with SoCal’s jacaranda, wisteria is a divine purple power flower. Wisterias climb by twining their stems either clockwise or counterclockwise round any available support. They can climb as high as 66 ft. above the ground and spread out 33 ft. laterally. The world’s largest known wisteria is in Sierra Madre, California, measuring […]

“Hearing” Satellites via NASA’s Spiral Shell

“Hearing” Satellites via NASA’s Spiral Shell

David Delgado, one of the visual strategists at NASA’s JPL, reminds us of the all the times we picked up a shell and put it to our ear and “heard” the sound of the ocean. This is one of the reasons he and fellow creator Dan Goods—along with the New York design firm StudioKCA—chose the […]

60th Annual Bonsai Show

60th Annual Bonsai Show

How many people have gone through the decades pronouncing the “o” in bonsai like the “o” in bonbon (bän-bän)? Would it be surprising to hear that the Santa Anita Bonsai Society directs one to pronounce the word “bone-sigh” (bōn-sī)? Then again, listening to Merriam-Webster online and clicking on the speaker icon, the supposedly Japanese speaker sounds as though […]

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