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Energy Efficiency for Historic Homes

Energy Efficiency for Historic Homes

We love our little bungalow. Built in 1926, we revel in the hand-wrought iron work, the hand-crafted joinery, the built-in fireplace flanked by inglenooks, the hipped covered porch, and the “elaborated” rafter ends. But after all these years of loving, a piece of us is also sapped, longing to tap out. Uncle, uncle. How is [...]

Home Tour in Garfield Heights

Home Tour in Garfield Heights

In 1881, two Iowa farmers, John H. Painter and Benjamin F. Ball, purchased “raw acreage”—2,000 acres in northwest Pasadena for $30,000.¹ In 1904, Block R was registered with the city of Pasadena as Garfield Heights. The Heights is a mere handful of blocks between Washington Boulevard and Mountain Street (north and south), and Marengo and Los Robles [...]

2014 Craftsman Weekend: A Socialist Plot?

2014 Craftsman Weekend: A Socialist Plot?

Who would have suspected that an “undercurrent of socialism” ran through the Arts and Crafts movement? The Arts and Crafts movement emerged during the late Victorian period in England, the most industrialized country in the world at that time. Anxieties about industrial life fueled a positive revaluation of handcraftsmanship and precapitalist forms of culture and society. Arts and [...]

Fire & Light

Fire & Light

The wood and joinery by Greene and Greene are distinctive, as are the light fixtures, glass windows, wall sconces, cabinets, and doors. Get a close-up look—with all the background information you’ll ever need from John Hamm—during the “Fire & Light” tour at the Gamble House on August 16th. “Fire & Light” looks at the Greenes’ evolution of style; [...]

Native Plants: The Big Picture

Native Plants: The Big Picture

Lisa Novick is ready to talk plants, going native, and California lovin’. Novick is the Director of Outreach and K-12 Education at the Theodore Payne Foundation in Sun Valley. Mr. Theodore Payne (b. 1872), in case you have not heard, hailed from Northamptonshire, England. At the age of 21, he sailed to America and his [...]

Succulent Tablescapes

Succulent Tablescapes

Down those great little side alleys off of One Colorado in Old Town, sits Botany Flowers. This weekend Crunchy Crafters join forces with Botany Flowers in Pasadena (they also have a shop in Santa Monica) for a workshop on “living art.” Elegant, well-balanced, and durable are the words used to describe the ultimate goal in [...]

Ferns & Exotic Plants

Ferns & Exotic Plants

In front of Ayres Hall this weekend, visitors will be deluged with a superabundance of ferns and exotic plants at the Los Angeles International Fern Society‘s Annual Fern & Exotic Plant Show & Sale. Vendors at the L.A. Arboretum will have dozens of different plants for sale, along with garden-related items. Lectures will be ongoing and [...]

Living Green Expo

Living Green Expo

Conservation and sustainability will be on the tips of tongues at the Green Living Expo in South Pasadena on Sunday, July 20th. A variety of hybrid cars and bicycles may be seen and ogled at a “clean air” show and workshops on yard design and turf rebates (for South Pas residents) and water wise plants and irrigating them [...]

Walking the Gardens, Plant Advice & Evening Concerts

Walking the Gardens, Plant Advice & Evening Concerts

The days are getting hot and will only become more so as we head further into July, then August and September. Sometimes it is so hot, it’s difficult to enjoy the wonders that are our world. So, how about getting out before the heat strikes and see what’s blooming at the Arboretum? Docent-led walking tours [...]

Clone Your Plants & Free Tuesday

Clone Your Plants & Free Tuesday

We hear “cloning” and we cringe, get a tad fearful, feel the world will all the more quickly become something we no longer recognize. Luckily, Descanso Gardens is only teaching plant propagation, not the cloning of the family pet or little Timmy. Their “Green Thumb 101″ workshop will allow guests to have a hands-on experience and [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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