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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 [...]

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 [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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