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Mushrooms of Love at the Wild Mushroom Fair

Mushrooms of Love at the Wild Mushroom Fair
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  How can a fungus be so delightful? Thankfully, thousands of cooking amateurs and masters alike have embraced these fruiting bodies with spores. On February 13, the 32nd Wild Mushroom Fair will be held at the L. A. Arboretum, featuring “Mushrooms of Love” by Gary Lincoff (author of The Audobon Society Field Guide to North […]

Houzz & Gamble

Houzz & Gamble

Adi Tatarko and Alon Cohen wanted to remodel their 4-bedroom ranch house in Palo Alto, according to George Anders, contributor to Forbes.com. And that’s when it all began…   One of oft-repeated catchphrases of (primarily) politicians running for office is living “the American dream,” of which one essential element is buying and owning one’s home. […]

Bold Color & Tea

Bold Color & Tea

During some mundane moment—perhaps maneuvring through another twisting, tiny-tiny Trader Joe’s parking lot or balancing on the top of the step ladder while on tippy-toes trying to reach the cobwebs with a faux feather-shedding duster—and as we were entering what is defined as middle age, it finally dawned on us that A. A. Milne’s characters […]

Return Rain to the Aquifer Beneath Us

Return Rain to the Aquifer Beneath Us

Landscape architect Orchid Black wants to “return rain to the aquifer beneath us!” On January 9, Black will offer ways to retain water on-site and filter it back into the soil and aquifer. With three days of rain predicted and hopefully more to come, this may be just the time to learn these techniques. Orchid […]

Gamble House Bequeathed 50 Years Ago

Gamble House Bequeathed 50 Years Ago

January 14, 2016 will be celebrated as the 50th anniversary of the Gamble family bequeathing a treasure—their family home—to the City of Pasadena and the University of Southern California. Official text: On January 14, 1966, members of the Gamble family, the City of Pasadena, and the University of Southern California signed a formal gift agreement, […]

Pine Boughs & Flowers

Pine Boughs & Flowers

One of the aspects of the holidays that charm and warm our heart is holiday decorations. Wreaths on front doors—from the classic pine boughs with pine cones, berries, and a red ribbon to more modern wreaths made out of ribbon stripes, hand cut paper leaves, balls of felt, wraps of bark, bunched burlap, thistle, kale, […]

48th Annual Holiday Look In Tour

48th Annual Holiday Look In Tour

Get swept up by the season by touring a handful of different homes decorated especially for the holiday season. Get inspired, borrow ideas for your own home at the 48th Annual Holiday Look In tour. Once again, four local floral designers will illustrate their style and creativity by decorating a home for the holidays: Drew […]

State of Mulch 2

State of Mulch 2

“In consideration of the coming El Niño, which may bring huge amounts of water to us or even in imagining the years of drought we are likely facing in the future, there are no greater actions we can take than to contour the land to capture water and to use mulch to help cleanse, augment […]

Storrier Stearns Transitions

Storrier Stearns Transitions

Kendall Brown, Professor of Asian Art History at Cal State Long Beach and Curator at Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, described the garden this way in his 2003 letter of Nomination to the National Register of Historic Places: In its design and construction, the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden represents one of the best pre-war examples […]

Bungalows & Craftsman

Bungalows & Craftsman

Driving the streets of Los Angeles last month, cutting down side streets to avoid the traffic, we remembered the years we lived around the Wilshire District and West Hollywood; the lovely neighborhoods just off busy boulevards, small to medium houses with tidy lawns and constant blooms—and of every architectural style: Spanish, English Tudor, Victorian, Georgian […]

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