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Pot Luck & Plant Exchange at La Casita del Arroyo

Pot Luck & Plant Exchange at La Casita del Arroyo

The Mediterranean Garden Society welcomes everyone to its 2nd Annual Pot Luck Luncheon & Plant Exchange at La Casita del Arroyo on May 20. We’ll let MGS do the explaining… Our wonderful winter rains have spurred exuberant spring growth in our gardens. Start now saving those cuttings—succulents, summer-dry plants, any of your favorites—as you do your spring garden clean-up. […]

2017 Showcase House Sneak Peek

2017 Showcase House Sneak Peek

A tease and a taste. Karol Franks has walked the halls, rooms, and grounds of this year’s Showcase House of Design. She has a masterful photographer’s eye and we’re delighted she’s sharing her photographs with us. Nineteen design firms have transformed the interior of the 1916 English Tudor, while 6 exterior design firms revamped the extensive grounds. The architectural […]

Garden Conservancy: Open Days Pasadena

Garden Conservancy: Open Days Pasadena

April 30 is The Garden Conservancy‘s Open Day Pasadena, a self-tour of 6 private gardens. Begin at the historic La Casita del Arroyo to pick up a map and purchase tickets, then take yourself upon a a garden tour that includes: The John Bakewell Phillips House (photo, right), a Greene & Greene 1906 Craftsman Chalet-style home, redesigned […]

The Art of the Garden & Botanical Exploration

The Art of the Garden & Botanical Exploration

Two attractive options this weekend for botanical fans… The Art of the Garden Tour & Not Just Roses! A Botanical Exploration of Pasadena   Art of the Garden is a self-guided tour with 5 private gardens available for viewing in Sierra Madre, Altadena, and Pasadena. From farmhouse to formal, midcentury to craftsman bungalow and beyond, […]

Spring Eats & Perfect Transplanting Weather

Spring Eats & Perfect Transplanting Weather

All that winter rain has become blooming and eating wonders in our gardens. Aside from the assorted greens—bok choy, broccoli, chard, kales, and lettuces—that we’ve been enjoying all winter, now there are artichokes and peas and beets to center our meals and munchies. And the blooms! Nasturtiums and the first bearded irises and roses and […]

47th South Pas. Garden Tour

47th South Pas. Garden Tour

Free tours are a lovely thing for those of us scratching together the shekels, so pull out your calendar and start typing: Sunday, April 30th is the 47th Annual South Pasadena Garden Tour. The sustainable gardens of 6 homes are open for viewing between 1 and 4 p.m., from up in the hills on Via Del […]

Yvonne Talks Tomatoes & Tomatomania

Yvonne Talks Tomatoes & Tomatomania

So many tomato varieties to choose from, between online, mailorder catalogs, and local resources. Even big-box stores carry some organically grown and heirloom varieties! I asked several tomato experts who had worked with me at two local Tomatomania events what their favorites were that they’d grow again this year, and which new ones they’d try […]

60th Annual Bonsai Show

60th Annual Bonsai Show

How many people have gone through the decades pronouncing the “o” in bonsai like the “o” in bonbon (bän-bän)? Would it be surprising to hear that the Santa Anita Bonsai Society directs one to pronounce the word “bone-sigh” (bōn-sī)? Then again, listening to Merriam-Webster online and clicking on the speaker icon, the supposedly Japanese speaker sounds as though […]

Planting Tomatoes

Planting Tomatoes

With these 80-degree daytime temperatures, I hope you’re inspired to start planting your spring and summer garden. I already have six different varieties of tomatoes in their beds. My nasturtium groundcover has literally turned my hillside garden into an ocean of green, with blooms popping up amongst 5-inch-round leaves, thanks to all that rain! Other bloomers—including […]

Crescent Farm Series

Crescent Farm Series

One of our all-time favorite places, The Arboretum, continues its Crescent Farm Series on March 11. One Saturday a month through June 2017, Crescent Farm staff lead workshops dubbed an “educational training series.” Learn about ancient and new horticultural techniques for water conservation and food production at the Farm, which is just west of Baldwin Lake and […]

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