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Altadena Heritage’s Water-Wise Landscaping Workshop Series

Altadena Heritage’s Water-Wise Landscaping Workshop Series
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For some of us, we’re visual learners. See it, immerse in it, do it, and our retention ability is through the roof. Altadena Heritage is taking its water-wise landscaping workshop on the road, or down the road—horticulturalist Debby Figoni is offering up her lawn for this hands-on 3-session workshop. She will lead the series and… […]

Fragrant Dogbane

Fragrant Dogbane

It lures in prey with one of the loveliest of elements—a sweet fragrance. Only once the prey has done the deed do they realize they’ve been duped. Frangipani or plumeria, a genus in the dogbane family, has flowers that are most fragrant at night. This is to attract the sphinx moth in order to be […]

Get on the Bus! AIA Architectural Tour (AKA Roof Party)

Get on the Bus! AIA Architectural Tour (AKA Roof Party)

Every year American Institute of Architects Pasadena & Foothill reserve a double-decker, stock up on wine, and plan the route. It’s a summer evening with a glass of wine on the roof of a bus while learning about historic architecture in Pasadena. The stops are still being finalized, but we suggest you reserve your spot […]

Night Photography in the Garden

Night Photography in the Garden

Head into the night with camera in hand and step into an alien land. This “alien land” would be the pet project of L.A. Arboretum Superintendent Timothy Phillips. With the Madagascar Forest, he wanted to create a surreal yet engaging, immersive, “adventure of the spiniest kind,” he explains in Pacific Horticulture magazine. With the Seuss-like […]

Inter-City Cactus

Inter-City Cactus

The folks who have cactus water in their veins (i.e., a passion for the cacti) are joining together with the Cactus and Succulent societies of Los Angeles, Long Beach, and San Gabriel Valley to show, talk about, judge, award, and sell cacti at the Inter-City Cactus Show & Sale on August 8th-9th at the Arboretum. […]

Hummingbirds, Butterflies, Gray Water & Pushing the Limits

Hummingbirds, Butterflies, Gray Water & Pushing the Limits

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 […]

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