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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 […]

Brown Is the New Green

Brown Is the New Green

(Official text) “Brown is the New Green”is the new catch phrase in California and especially in Central Valley where Monrovia’s Visalia growing grounds are located. Join Nicholas Staddon as he presents some of the new and not so new Mediterranean plants that are well suited for California gardens…and knowing Nicholas, he will stray from the […]

Oak Woodland

Oak Woodland

Twenty species of oak are native to California according to University of California Oak Woodland Management. Several of these are endemic and grow naturally nowhere outside of California, while others are more wide ranging and grow from Canada to Mexico. There are both shrubby oak species that never grow more than a few feet tall, […]

Hardscape & Canaries

Hardscape & Canaries

Hardscape? Is it because we’re not DIYers that this term is something we have to Google? For those people in the know (and rolling their eyes), be patient, we’re trying to catch up. For those folks sittin’ where we are, let us explain. As defined by landscaping expert David Beaulieu, “‘Hardscape’ consists of the inanimate […]

Indian Mallow & Emerald Carpet

Indian Mallow & Emerald Carpet

Indian mallow and Emerald Carpet manzanita are two of the many native plants that will be on hand at the 2014 Garden Native Plant Sale on November 8th at the Eaton Canyon Nature Center. Knowledgable members of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) will be available to answer any questions and offer recommendations as you […]

Way of Tea at Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden

Way of Tea at Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden

Chado, Sado, Chanoyu. It’s the Way of Tea. This highly choreographed ritual is the Japanese ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha or green tea, “a sacred tea ceremony (that) embodies harmony, respect, and tranquility.” Preparing tea in this ceremony means pouring all one’s attention into the predefined movements. The whole process is not about drinking tea, […]

A Garden of Jack O’Lanterns

A Garden of Jack O’Lanterns

Linus is waiting for the rise of the Great Pumpkin, Max is causing a ruckus with his Wild Things, Spidey is on the prowl, and even Disney princesses make an appearance at Descanso Gardens during the Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns. Enough said. Happy Halloween.                   Rise […]

State of the Mulch

State of the Mulch

Do you want more high-quality mulch more easily? Who wouldn’t? Mulch for the People (MFTP), a project of Transition Pasadena, has organized a public meeting for arborists, homeowners, and the City of Pasadena to consider ideas and voice concerns regarding mulch and to develop a program for making mulch more freely available. According to MFTP, […]

An English Garden, California Style

An English Garden, California Style

What is a habitat garden? A peaceful refuge for ourselves and food, water and cover for birds, butterflies, beetles, and other creatures with whom we share the land. What have habitat gardens? Development and fire has reduced the capacity of wild lands in recent years. Humans have a complicated and reciprocal arrangement with many insect […]

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