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“Seeds of Transformation” Garden Party

“Seeds of Transformation” Garden Party
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The Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy is delighted to be chosen as the “charity partner” by Orchard Supply Hardware, which is having a grand re-opening at its location in South Pasadena on April 25th. During the morning ceremony, PCGC will receive a $5,000 donation to continue its commitment to community gardens and nutrition education, as well […]

Urban Forest: Past, Present & Future

Urban Forest: Past, Present & Future

In order to grow strong trunks and limbs, Arborist-Treecare asserts, trees must be skillfully pruned. Pruning branches decreases the weight on the individual branches allowing them to withstand wind, ice, wet leaves, as well as the weight of fruits and nuts. Trimming, if well done, creates “an overall balanced branch structure in terms of weight […]

The California Native Landscape: Restoring Beauty & Balance

The California Native Landscape: Restoring Beauty & Balance

John Muir spoke of being able to walk from the City of Los Angeles to the northwest San Fernando Valley without ever leaving the shade of an oak tree. So writes Greg Rubin and Lucy Warren in The California Native Landscape: The Homeowner’s Design Guide to Restoring Its Beauty and Balance. On April 1st, these […]

Paul Revere Home Tour in La Cañada

Paul Revere Home Tour in La Cañada

In 1963, Williams wrote an essay for Ebony magazine titled “If I Were Young Today”; in it he recounted the reaction of a Polytechnic High School guidance counselor upon discovering his career goal. “He stared at me with as much astonishment as he would have had I proposed a rocket flight to Mars,” Williams wrote. […]

Cultural Monument #411: Hathaway-Sycamores’ House Tour

Cultural Monument #411: Hathaway-Sycamores’ House Tour

On January 18, 1989, the Robert Edmund Williams House at 840 N. Avenue 66 in Highland Park was designated a Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument. It is listed as no. 411 out of, currently, 1069. The two-story, boulder-based craftsman house was built by owners and prominent local architect, Robert Edmund Williams and features stained glass […]

Contessa Pasta & Pesto

Contessa Pasta & Pesto

Ever since Maria Luisa Fabbri of Contessa Chocolates has begun offering cooking classes, they have sold out, so if your interest is piqued, we would recommend that you act fast. “Casarecce” is sold out on March 7th, but there are still seven spaces available for the March 13th class, which focuses on pesto. A word […]

Camellia & Tea Festival

Camellia & Tea Festival

Enjoying the blooming of tens of thousands camellias every year at Descanso Gardens is thanks to a man who was born in a log cabin in Washington state, was gassed during World War I in the Argonne, and spent time working as a “door-to-door flatiron salesman, ditch digger, janitor and miner.” This man? Elias Manchester […]

Construction: No Longer a Nightmare?

Construction: No Longer a Nightmare?

Thinking about a remodel? Afraid of potential problems and headaches you don’t even know about, but are sure exist? Hartman Baldwin Design/Build in Pasadena is offering “The Mid-Construction Showcase,” a free event on February 21st, where guests may see a remodel during construction. Discover goals and challenges, and learn about energy-efficient options. Speak with our […]

Outdoor Lighting Design

Outdoor Lighting Design

Does the garden you’ve labored over, sweated into, sworn towards yet nurtured, hated and loved, need to be under a spotlight? Soft pools of light around the garden create a completely different and magical experience at night. A light shining up into a tree adds a sophisticated sparkle. Whether from the windows in winter or […]

What’s That Shroom?

What’s That Shroom?

Love the fungi? Those funny things that pop up here and there—and often where you wish they wouldn’t—that have stipes, caps, and gills? Find a few that look as though they’d make a delectable soup but you’d rather not wipe out the entire family at one sitting? Then the Mushroom Fair at the Arboretum may […]

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