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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 [...]

The Gamble House Re-Imagined

The Gamble House Re-Imagined

It’s being called a 17-day artist intervention. In actuality, it’s the Gamble House collaborating with the Pasadena Arts Council and Machine Project of Los Angeles to re-imagine the “quintessential Pasadena landmark” during the two-weeks of AxS Festival, which this year has the theme “curiosity.” Machine Project founder and artistic director Mark Allen has organized—or let [...]

Step on Up! Get Your Rain Barrel!

Step on Up! Get Your Rain Barrel!

The Arroyo Seco Foundation presents the “Rain Barrel and Drought-Tolerant Landscape Event” at Descanso Gardens on September 14th. Pre-order a rain barrel for $85 and pick it up the day of the event. The Metropolitan Water District will also be on hand to offer $75 rebates. RSVP to Foothill MWD at 818.790.4036 if served by [...]

Energy Efficiency for Historic Homes

Energy Efficiency for Historic Homes

We love our little bungalow. Built in 1926, we revel in the hand-wrought iron work, the hand-crafted joinery, the built-in fireplace flanked by inglenooks, the hipped covered porch, and the “elaborated” rafter ends. But after all these years of loving, a piece of us is also sapped, longing to tap out. Uncle, uncle. How is [...]

Home Tour in Garfield Heights

Home Tour in Garfield Heights

In 1881, two Iowa farmers, John H. Painter and Benjamin F. Ball, purchased “raw acreage”—2,000 acres in northwest Pasadena for $30,000.¹ In 1904, Block R was registered with the city of Pasadena as Garfield Heights. The Heights is a mere handful of blocks between Washington Boulevard and Mountain Street (north and south), and Marengo and Los Robles [...]

2014 Craftsman Weekend: A Socialist Plot?

2014 Craftsman Weekend: A Socialist Plot?

Who would have suspected that an “undercurrent of socialism” ran through the Arts and Crafts movement? The Arts and Crafts movement emerged during the late Victorian period in England, the most industrialized country in the world at that time. Anxieties about industrial life fueled a positive revaluation of handcraftsmanship and precapitalist forms of culture and society. Arts and [...]

Fire & Light

Fire & Light

The wood and joinery by Greene and Greene are distinctive, as are the light fixtures, glass windows, wall sconces, cabinets, and doors. Get a close-up look—with all the background information you’ll ever need from John Hamm—during the “Fire & Light” tour at the Gamble House on August 16th. “Fire & Light” looks at the Greenes’ evolution of style; [...]

Native Plants: The Big Picture

Native Plants: The Big Picture

Lisa Novick is ready to talk plants, going native, and California lovin’. Novick is the Director of Outreach and K-12 Education at the Theodore Payne Foundation in Sun Valley. Mr. Theodore Payne (b. 1872), in case you have not heard, hailed from Northamptonshire, England. At the age of 21, he sailed to America and his [...]

Succulent Tablescapes

Succulent Tablescapes

Down those great little side alleys off of One Colorado in Old Town, sits Botany Flowers. This weekend Crunchy Crafters join forces with Botany Flowers in Pasadena (they also have a shop in Santa Monica) for a workshop on “living art.” Elegant, well-balanced, and durable are the words used to describe the ultimate goal in [...]

Ferns & Exotic Plants

Ferns & Exotic Plants

In front of Ayres Hall this weekend, visitors will be deluged with a superabundance of ferns and exotic plants at the Los Angeles International Fern Society‘s Annual Fern & Exotic Plant Show & Sale. Vendors at the L.A. Arboretum will have dozens of different plants for sale, along with garden-related items. Lectures will be ongoing and [...]

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Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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