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Hummingbirds, Butterflies, Gray Water & Pushing the Limits

Hummingbirds, Butterflies, Gray Water & Pushing the Limits
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Hint: These little guys flap their wings 50 times per second, which also allows them to fly backwards at “speeds exceeding 34mph.” Answer: Hummingbirds. Allen’s hummingbird, Anna’s hummingbird, Antillean mango, Black jacobin, Frilled coquette, Sooty barbthroat, and Mexican hermit are the few binomial names of the 325-350 species of hummingbirds. Hint: They can’t fly in […]

The Weird, Wild & Wonderful

The Weird, Wild & Wonderful

It’s marketed as a 3-day symposium “celebrating all that is weird, wild, and wonderful in the plant kingdom.” “It” is the Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California’s exclusive showing and symposium July 23rd-26th at the Huntington. Each day there will be activities like hands-on botanical art workshops; lectures; tours of the Huntington gardens, collections, and […]

Hahamongna Walkabout, Nursery & Drought Update

Hahamongna Walkabout, Nursery & Drought Update

At the base of the Arroyo Seco Basin, one may find 22 miles of hiking trails, picnic areas, Devil’s Gate Dam, oak woodland, the Oak Grove area, active spreading basins, and diversity of plant habitat and a refuge for wildlife and birds. It’s all at Hahamongna Park. On Saturday, July 18th, 4-7 p.m., join the […]

A New Community Garden

A New Community Garden

Community gardens may be found at the foothills in Altadena, in Pasadena, and now in South Pasadena. Over $16,000 has been raised to purchase garden beds, a shed, compost bin, tools, hoses, potting tables, soil, and fruit trees. The South Pasadena Community Garden mission: Imagine a beautiful community garden that’s more than a garden… A […]

Center Circle

Center Circle

In this moment, drought-tolerant and water-wise gardens and lawns are the new normal. Is creating one yourself a temptation about which you’re eager and excited or does the idea lead to head shaking and slumped shoulders—where to begin? Descanso Gardens’ Center Circle is located just inside the garden gate and has been created to illustrate […]

Community Garden Annual Picnic

Community Garden Annual Picnic

It’s an open house! More accurately, it’s the open house concept applied to a community garden, the Altadena Community Garden in fact. Located in the foothills, near the top of Lincoln Avenue, ACG is opening for the public on June 27th. Tickets are only ten dollars and there will be live music, raffles (gift certificates […]

Crescent Farm: Hands-on Workshops

Crescent Farm: Hands-on Workshops

In the heart of the L. A. Arboretum is a land that’s been reclaimed, becoming a hub of exploration and experimentation. Crescent Farm. This “reclaimed landscape”—one acre of former lawn—just north of Baldwin Lake is where the Arboretum “experiments and explores new and ancient horticulture techniques for water conservation and food production.” Crescent Farm’s workshops […]

Organic Fruit & Veggie Gardening

Organic Fruit & Veggie Gardening

Learn how to grow fruits and vegetables organically in your home garden! You’ll be saving money at the grocery store while contributing to the healthy lifestyle of your family by reaping the nutritional benefits of eating fresh-grown produce.   Vegetable gardens enhance the appearance of any yard and provide a fun activity for all ages. This […]

All Around Us

All Around Us

This week’s Home & Garden focuses on the beautiful cacti, plants, and flowers that we see while walking our neighborhoods…                                                     Take pictures? Plants, architecture, people, events, still life, landscapes? […]

Free CA-Friendly Lawn & Garden Workshop

Free CA-Friendly Lawn & Garden Workshop

Hemming and hawing about tearing out the lawn and opting for a drought-tolerant, California-friendly landscape? Pasadena Water and Power hosts a free workshop on May 30th at Eaton Canyon Nature Center with experts offering details on how to remove turf, then moving on to basic landscape design, irrigation fundamentals, plant species, and maintenance. This half-day […]

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