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Style & Whimsy in the Sustainable Garden

Style & Whimsy in the Sustainable Garden

It may seem early to plan your September garden touring, but tickets to fall’s Pacific Horticulture symposium, Style & Whimsy in the Sustainable Garden, are already selling briskly and are likely to be gone within a couple of weeks. Organized by San Diego-based Pacific Horticulture, and co-sponsored by the L.A. County Arboretum, the APLD and […]

Arlington Garden Turns 5

Arlington Garden Turns 5

One of Pasadena’s greatest grassroots treasures, Arlington Garden, turns 5 in July, but the celebration is happening a little early, to take advantage of the robust citrus grove and gorgeous spring flowers — including spectacular poppies, which won’t last much longer. (Bring your camera!) The “Constant Gardeners,” Betty and Charles McKenney, and fellow volunteers will […]

Wood & Bones: Chronicle of a Cottage, Part 6

Wood & Bones: Chronicle of a Cottage, Part 6

So we haven’t made much physical progress this week because of the rain. We’re also trying to get up to speed with a general plan to submit to the permit office, but we’re still working out the basic layout of the house. Our dining room table is deep in books about plumbing, framing, contracting, Craftsman homes….

Garden Conservancy Open Days

Garden Conservancy Open Days

No reservations are required, but you might want to plan now to participate in the annual Garden Conservancy Open Days program this Sunday, rain or shine. This national program features more than 360 gardens in 21 states this year — and six, all private, are in Pasadena. Participants will gather to begin the Pasadena tour […]

Garden Club Flower Show at Huntington

Garden Club Flower Show at Huntington

Look for flower arrangements, photography, botanical jewelry and needle crafts that interpret the theme “the beauty of scientific discovery” at the Pasadena Garden Club Flower show this Saturday and Sunday at the Huntington Library. Members have put their creativity into play around ideas inspired by some of the rare materials in the Huntington’s Dibner Hall […]

Wood & Bones: Chronicle of a Cottage, Part 5

Wood & Bones: Chronicle of a Cottage, Part 5

I didn’t see Mark as much over the summer. He usually didn’t bother me when he was on a binge, and this one was epic. In six months he managed to drink, pop, smoke and plain give away every cent of his 60 grand. He lived like Scarface. Hell, he lived like a banker. But as the money dried up, he dried out, and reality hit Mark like a square of shingles. He finally brought up the subject of his finances to me. It seemed that shortly after mortgaging his house, he managed to lose his government assistance.

Local Gardens in Native Plants Tour

Local Gardens in Native Plants Tour

April 11, the second day of the annual Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour, focuses for the most part on home gardens in eastside communities, including 13 in the San Gabriel and Crescenta valleys. This means not only shorter drive time, but practical plant-selection tips — because if you see something you love, chances are you […]

Wood & Bones: Chronicle of a Cottage, Part 4

Wood & Bones: Chronicle of a Cottage, Part 4

About a week before closing, we were getting hit with heavy rain. The Realtor called me with the combination to the key box so we could open the house, look for leaks, and attempt any repairs that would prevent the already-bad condition from getting worse. Along the side of the house, I found a big blue tarp that had blown off months before. It was still in good shape, so I rolled it up and prepared to climb on the roof to reattach it before the sprinkle turned to a downpour.

Karma & the Cottage, Part 3

Karma & the Cottage, Part 3

To recount the series of events that lead to our buying this particular little, red bungalow in Pasadena, I have to go back almost 35 years. The youngest son of the owners at the time was about 16. His weakness for drinking beer and riding motorcycles fast met up one night with another driver’s habit of not looking for small flying objects before changing lanes.

Time to Talk Tomatoes

Time to Talk Tomatoes

Spring has sprung, which means it’s time to plan your summer tomato crop. To help you in this not-insignificant task, the Arboretum is hosting a free (with admission) session with tomato expert Steve Gotto, who will share his Top 25 Tomato Picks for 2010. He’ll also pass along tips for planting, growing, tending and harvesting, […]

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