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Coffee Grounds as Nutrient-Rich Mulch

Coffee Grounds as Nutrient-Rich Mulch

With the popularity of coffee-drink stores like Starbucks and Peet’s and so many others—seemingly on nearly every block in shopping areas—gardeners have nearby and plentiful access to this free nutrient-rich resource. While it can be composted, its great advantage is that it can be applied directly to garden beds. Spreading the grounds an inch thick […]

Cactus & Succulents

Cactus & Succulents

At the Huntington, the Cactus and Succulent Society of America presents its 52nd CSSA Annual Show and Sale. With the current interest in dry-climate gardening, the Brody Center welcomes “cactophiles” and neophytes to check out these diverse and colorful plants.   Cactus & Succulent Show and Sale Early-bird sale: Friday, June 30 Show: Saturday & […]

Plumeria Grafting

Plumeria Grafting

Apparently grafted plumeria trees bloom in a variety of colors. That’s an interesting idea. But how does one graft? Diana Donnellan leads a hands-on workshop “exploring both the mechanics of grafting as well as best practices” on June 17. Donnellan will show on the grove’s demonstration trees examples of “good” grafting and “bad” grafting, which […]

Greene & Greene Northwest Pasadena Walking Tour

Greene & Greene Northwest Pasadena Walking Tour

If you’re a Greene & Greene and Frank Lloyd Wright fan, this three-hour, 1.5-mile walk on June 11 could make for a perfect Sunday. Walk through neighborhoods containing several Craftsman residences designed by Pasadena turn-of-the-20th-century architects Charles and Henry Greene, and a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The walk includes viewing a Craftsman interior […]

Beyond Artichokes, Onto Yummy Boysenberries!

Beyond Artichokes, Onto Yummy Boysenberries!

I never thought I’d get tired of artichokes, but that time has come. Remaining unharvested blossoms are overmature and showing their exquisite black-light blue-purple brushes. Beautiful, but a waste of food. I just couldn’t help myself not harvesting them, even as they developed more slowly because of those couple of weeks of coolish “May Gray” […]

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 […]

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