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Urban Forest Survey

Urban Forest Survey
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For 24 years, the Arbor Day Foundation has designated Pasadena as a “Tree City USA.” Within the City limits, 63,500 trees are growing and under the care of the Pasadena Department of Public Works. Responsibilities include planting, small tree care, pruning, and, when necessary, removing public trees. Plantings and re-plantings include species such as Chinese […]

Fruit Tree & Rose Care Workshops

Fruit Tree & Rose Care Workshops

Thanks to Monica Hubbard, we’ve heard… Throop Learning Garden offers two timely garden workshops: Rose Care Workshop: Sunday, Jan. 25th, 1-3 p.m. Fruit Tree Care Workshop: Sunday, Feb. 1st, 1-3 p.m. Both will be taught by George Patton, horticulturist, permaculturist, and educator. A sliding scale $10 donation is requested. Space is limited, so RSVP is […]

Organic Gardening & a Passion for Camellias

Organic Gardening & a Passion for Camellias

We have a dear friend who’s always thrilled as a puppy when she’s getting around to prepping her garden boxes, and also while planting her tomatoes, lettuces, and peppers. From that point on, though, the fun, glee, and results go downhill. Want to “get the best results from your home garden the natural way”? Horticulturist […]

Time to Prune the Roses

Time to Prune the Roses

The first thing to know is that it’s hard to kill a rose with bad pruning. (Phew!) But though it takes patience and time to become a skilled pruner (is that a word?) or one who prunes, pruning is very good for plants as it encourages new growth and blooms. Pruning also removes dead wood, […]

Make Evergreen Wreaths with Fresh Flowers

Make Evergreen Wreaths with Fresh Flowers

Want the holiday wreath on your front door to be your work of art this season? On Saturday, December 13th, The Huntington welcomes guests to build a wreath from scratch, as well as “deconstructing a ready-made wreath and embellishing it with ornaments, fresh flowers, berries, and branches.” We remember when our mom made homemade wreaths—the […]

A Bag o’ Fruit, a Box of Veggies

A Bag o’ Fruit, a Box of Veggies

Muir Ranch is an operating farm on a mere 1.5 acres of land on the campus of John Muir High School. Begun in 2011, this urban farm grows flowers, vegetables, and fruit that are used in the school cafeteria, as well as in weekly CSA boxes. Besides the opportunities for students to learn, the community […]

Brown Is the New Green

Brown Is the New Green

(Official text) “Brown is the New Green”is the new catch phrase in California and especially in Central Valley where Monrovia’s Visalia growing grounds are located. Join Nicholas Staddon as he presents some of the new and not so new Mediterranean plants that are well suited for California gardens…and knowing Nicholas, he will stray from the […]

Oak Woodland

Oak Woodland

Twenty species of oak are native to California according to University of California Oak Woodland Management. Several of these are endemic and grow naturally nowhere outside of California, while others are more wide ranging and grow from Canada to Mexico. There are both shrubby oak species that never grow more than a few feet tall, […]

Hardscape & Canaries

Hardscape & Canaries

Hardscape? Is it because we’re not DIYers that this term is something we have to Google? For those people in the know (and rolling their eyes), be patient, we’re trying to catch up. For those folks sittin’ where we are, let us explain. As defined by landscaping expert David Beaulieu, “‘Hardscape’ consists of the inanimate […]

Indian Mallow & Emerald Carpet

Indian Mallow & Emerald Carpet

Indian mallow and Emerald Carpet manzanita are two of the many native plants that will be on hand at the 2014 Garden Native Plant Sale on November 8th at the Eaton Canyon Nature Center. Knowledgable members of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) will be available to answer any questions and offer recommendations as you […]

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