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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 […]

Backyard Chickens & Bees

Backyard Chickens & Bees

Feel like your mornings are a bit mundane? Nothing to really pull you out of bed in the morning? How about rising to the cluck, cluck of your own backyard chickens? Envision the adventure—the steely nerves!—of having your own backyard beehive and harvesting your own honey? These and many other questions will be answered by […]

2015 Historic Highlands Home Tour

2015 Historic Highlands Home Tour

Historic Highlands is bordered between New York and Washington Avenues, north to south, and Hill and Lake Avenues, east to west. On May 9th, the area’s HH Committee presents the 2015 Historic Highlands Home Tour. Originally settled by early Pasadena pioneers David McPherson and Ezra Dane in the late 1800’s, today the residential district lined […]

Wildflower Seed Collecting and Picnic

Wildflower Seed Collecting and Picnic

The Mediterranean Garden Society of Southern California invites the public to bring a picnic to Arlington Garden and take a wildflower seed-collecting workshop on May 16th. Mayitos Dinos designed the Arlington Garden in Pasadena and she will be present to explain the garden’s genesis and evolution. Garden volunteers will collect wildflower seeds for next year’s […]

Bellissimo!

Bellissimo!

For many of us, the arrival of spring is welcome not just for the poppies and tulips, but because of the upcoming home and garden tours. On May 3rd, the Altadena Guild presents Bellissimo! where guests may “explore the magnificent homes and gardens residing within the original Sphinx Ranch of northeastern Altadena…nestled around the Midlothian […]

“Seeds of Transformation” Garden Party

“Seeds of Transformation” Garden Party

The Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy is delighted to be chosen as the “charity partner” by Orchard Supply Hardware, which is having a grand re-opening at its location in South Pasadena on April 25th. During the morning ceremony, PCGC will receive a $5,000 donation to continue its commitment to community gardens and nutrition education, as well […]

Urban Forest: Past, Present & Future

Urban Forest: Past, Present & Future

In order to grow strong trunks and limbs, Arborist-Treecare asserts, trees must be skillfully pruned. Pruning branches decreases the weight on the individual branches allowing them to withstand wind, ice, wet leaves, as well as the weight of fruits and nuts. Trimming, if well done, creates “an overall balanced branch structure in terms of weight […]

The California Native Landscape: Restoring Beauty & Balance

The California Native Landscape: Restoring Beauty & Balance

John Muir spoke of being able to walk from the City of Los Angeles to the northwest San Fernando Valley without ever leaving the shade of an oak tree. So writes Greg Rubin and Lucy Warren in The California Native Landscape: The Homeowner’s Design Guide to Restoring Its Beauty and Balance. On April 1st, these […]

Paul Revere Home Tour in La Cañada

Paul Revere Home Tour in La Cañada

In 1963, Williams wrote an essay for Ebony magazine titled “If I Were Young Today”; in it he recounted the reaction of a Polytechnic High School guidance counselor upon discovering his career goal. “He stared at me with as much astonishment as he would have had I proposed a rocket flight to Mars,” Williams wrote. […]

Cultural Monument #411: Hathaway-Sycamores’ House Tour

Cultural Monument #411: Hathaway-Sycamores’ House Tour

On January 18, 1989, the Robert Edmund Williams House at 840 N. Avenue 66 in Highland Park was designated a Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument. It is listed as no. 411 out of, currently, 1069. The two-story, boulder-based craftsman house was built by owners and prominent local architect, Robert Edmund Williams and features stained glass […]

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