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Sweet Marmalade

Sweet Marmalade

The crop was harvested, the fruit preserved and now the jars have arrived. The Arlington Garden‘s 48 Washington Navel orange trees are more than decoration at this public park. Two years ago, E. Waldo Ward & Sons of Sierra Madre was enlisted by creators Betty and Charles McKenney to take the harvested fruit and craft [...]

Take a Nibble: It’s Yours

Take a Nibble: It’s Yours

For two years, Pasadena Community Gardens has worked towards creating “eco-friendly, edible, and sustainable community gardens.” Ground breaks on the site of former California Governor Henry Harrison Markham’s ranch house on Pasadena Avenue, north of Bellefontaine Street. The event on Saturday, June 9th, from 9 a.m.-noon, will be the kickoff for a $80,000 fundraising campaign. [...]

A Garden Tea for Literacy

A Garden Tea for Literacy

Sitting in a garden on a lovely Spring afternoon reading a good book. Putting down the book to take a sip of your tea, then picking up your journal to write a few lines. To many people, inserting themselves into this scene would be like experiencing a little piece of heaven. Unfortunately, for too many [...]

Sustainable Gardening—at Home

Sustainable Gardening—at Home

This Saturday, get a behind-the-scenes tour of the Huntington’s “urban agriculture site” and walk away with some brand new ideas about how to create a sustainable garden of your own. If you get a wee bit weary and have to lay down on the lawn under a weeping willow, you might as well doze and [...]

Altadena: Home Is Where the Heart Is

Altadena: Home Is Where the Heart Is

The season of home tours marches on. This Sunday, the Altadena Guild hosts the “The Heart of the Midlothian,” a tour of four homes, old and new. The architectural past is represented by a 1930 Monterey Spanish Revival designed by Wallace Neff and a 1930 traditional Monterey Colonial with a nautically-themed library and a vintage [...]

Where Bungalows Are Heaven

Where Bungalows Are Heaven

Pasadena’s first Landmark District (and now listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places) is little, adorable, magical Bungalow Heaven. Eight Arts & Crafts-style homes built between 1905-1925 will be open to the public this Saturday, April 29th. It’s a self-guided tour where docents will be on hand to offer commentary of these simple [...]

Open the Gates!

Open the Gates!

For the last 17 years, The Garden Conservancy has been “opening the gates” to America’s private gardens. This year, they will offer self-guided tours at 300 gardens in 19 states. Pasadena abounds with beautiful gardens and six of them will host “Open Days” on Sunday, April 29th. The lucky six are: Hen’s Grove, John H. [...]

The Japanese Garden Returns

The Japanese Garden Returns

After a year-long closure, but with a $6.8 million renovation, the Huntington’s Japanese Garden will have it’s grand reopening on Wednesday, April 11th. The main attraction will be the addition of a ceremonial teahouse. This one is called Seifu-an (the Arbor of Pure Breeze) and was donated by the Pasadena Buddhist Temple. Built in Kyoto [...]

Feeling Mod All Over

Feeling Mod All Over

If mod is your thing, then Pasadena Heritage‘s Spring Home Tour could be the perfect fit. On Sunday, March 25th—over a period of seven hours—you have the opportunity to witness and absorb five local homes that exemplify mid-century modern architecture. You can kick off this event by attending a reception on the evening of March [...]

Remember Swales?

Remember Swales?

Back in October we published a post about a permaculture-based garden that was being created, replacing a 3,000 square-foot, water-greedy lawn at Throop Unitarian Universalist Church. Swale-building was on the menu the very first weekend, and in our article’s opening paragraph, we actually had to define “swale,” because, well, that’s just not a part of [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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