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Camellia & Tea Festival

Camellia & Tea Festival

Enjoying the blooming of tens of thousands camellias every year at Descanso Gardens is thanks to a man who was born in a log cabin in Washington state, was gassed during World War I in the Argonne, and spent time working as a “door-to-door flatiron salesman, ditch digger, janitor and miner.” This man? Elias Manchester […]

Construction: No Longer a Nightmare?

Construction: No Longer a Nightmare?

Thinking about a remodel? Afraid of potential problems and headaches you don’t even know about, but are sure exist? Hartman Baldwin Design/Build in Pasadena is offering “The Mid-Construction Showcase,” a free event on February 21st, where guests may see a remodel during construction. Discover goals and challenges, and learn about energy-efficient options. Speak with our […]

Outdoor Lighting Design

Outdoor Lighting Design

Does the garden you’ve labored over, sweated into, sworn towards yet nurtured, hated and loved, need to be under a spotlight? Soft pools of light around the garden create a completely different and magical experience at night. A light shining up into a tree adds a sophisticated sparkle. Whether from the windows in winter or […]

What’s That Shroom?

What’s That Shroom?

Love the fungi? Those funny things that pop up here and there—and often where you wish they wouldn’t—that have stipes, caps, and gills? Find a few that look as though they’d make a delectable soup but you’d rather not wipe out the entire family at one sitting? Then the Mushroom Fair at the Arboretum may […]

Urban Forest Survey

Urban Forest Survey

For 24 years, the Arbor Day Foundation has designated Pasadena as a “Tree City USA.” Within the City limits, 63,500 trees are growing and under the care of the Pasadena Department of Public Works. Responsibilities include planting, small tree care, pruning, and, when necessary, removing public trees. Plantings and re-plantings include species such as Chinese […]

Fruit Tree & Rose Care Workshops

Fruit Tree & Rose Care Workshops

Thanks to Monica Hubbard, we’ve heard… Throop Learning Garden offers two timely garden workshops: Rose Care Workshop: Sunday, Jan. 25th, 1-3 p.m. Fruit Tree Care Workshop: Sunday, Feb. 1st, 1-3 p.m. Both will be taught by George Patton, horticulturist, permaculturist, and educator. A sliding scale $10 donation is requested. Space is limited, so RSVP is […]

Organic Gardening & a Passion for Camellias

Organic Gardening & a Passion for Camellias

We have a dear friend who’s always thrilled as a puppy when she’s getting around to prepping her garden boxes, and also while planting her tomatoes, lettuces, and peppers. From that point on, though, the fun, glee, and results go downhill. Want to “get the best results from your home garden the natural way”? Horticulturist […]

Time to Prune the Roses

Time to Prune the Roses

The first thing to know is that it’s hard to kill a rose with bad pruning. (Phew!) But though it takes patience and time to become a skilled pruner (is that a word?) or one who prunes, pruning is very good for plants as it encourages new growth and blooms. Pruning also removes dead wood, […]

Make Evergreen Wreaths with Fresh Flowers

Make Evergreen Wreaths with Fresh Flowers

Want the holiday wreath on your front door to be your work of art this season? On Saturday, December 13th, The Huntington welcomes guests to build a wreath from scratch, as well as “deconstructing a ready-made wreath and embellishing it with ornaments, fresh flowers, berries, and branches.” We remember when our mom made homemade wreaths—the […]

A Bag o’ Fruit, a Box of Veggies

A Bag o’ Fruit, a Box of Veggies

Muir Ranch is an operating farm on a mere 1.5 acres of land on the campus of John Muir High School. Begun in 2011, this urban farm grows flowers, vegetables, and fruit that are used in the school cafeteria, as well as in weekly CSA boxes. Besides the opportunities for students to learn, the community […]

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