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Wistaria, Wistaria!

Wistaria, Wistaria!

“Viewing the vine.” Sunday, March 16th, Sierra Madre presents its annual, every-popular Wistaria Festival in Memorial Park with viewings of the historic vine available via shuttle from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. The Guinness Book of World Records has certified the vine as the world’s largest blossoming plant, and estimates that at its peak, the [...]

Prep, Design, & Being Water-Wise

Prep, Design, & Being Water-Wise

Did you know that approximately two-thirds of a typical household’s water is used to irrigate the landscape? The City of South Pasadena is hosting water wise landscape workshops to help you use water more efficiently outside your home. (SouthPasadenaCA.gov) The City of South Pasadena is offering free workshops to people wanting to have a water-wise lawn. The [...]

Portraits of the Garden

Portraits of the Garden

No art form is more familiar than the portrait. The most intimate of artistic undertakings, it takes two to make a portrait: the artist and the subject. Usually, a portrait implies that the finished work will communicate what the subject actually looked like. But from the earliest times, artists have put a twist on that [...]

Tram Tour of Love & That’s Amore!

Tram Tour of Love & That’s Amore!

A tram will take those with a special someone on a guided tour of the most romantic spots in the Descanso Gardens. Then a glass of bubbly will be offered and a toast shall be had! For info on romantic tram tour, call 818.949.7980. The Patina Group will have two seatings for a Valentine’s Day [...]

Dreams & the Dream Landscape

Dreams & the Dream Landscape

Former Director of Landscape Design for Walt Disney Imagineering, Paul Comstock will present “Dreams & the Dream Landscape” on Thursday, February 6th at the Arboretum. Paul’s presentations are always mind-boggling! Don’t miss this entertaining story of one designer’s adventurous process for creating fantastic and beautiful landscapes from the ground up.  Comstock was chief landscape architect [...]

Exchanging Scion Woods

Exchanging Scion Woods

Fruit tree grafting is a great way to grow more fruit varieties in less space. This is the time of year to collect scionwood from dormant fruit trees like apples, peaches, etc. The California Rare Fruit Growers  (founded in 1968) has eighteen chapters within the state of California. DRFG Foothill chapter is having their annual scion wood [...]

Strolling Through the Garden

Strolling Through the Garden

“Conceived” in the 1930s, Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden was initially part of a larger property owned by Charles and Ellamae Storrier Stearns. The garden was inspired by their travels in Japan and was designed by Kinzuchi Fujii. The entire construction took seven years to complete. In 1949, the estate was sold to Gamelia Haddad Poulsen [...]

It’s Bananas

It’s Bananas

The backyard grass wet with pulp, beaten down by dropping fruit. Do you have a fruit tree that is unattended except for when you need a slice of lemon for your cocktail? The branches weighted down by ripe fruit, the leaves crowded? Garden Talks with Lili Singer welcomes Kazi Patelka on Thursday, January 16th for [...]

Saving Seeds

Saving Seeds

According to “Mr. Cog” of the Mid-Region Council of Governments of New Mexico, our “genetic crop diversity has declined from 7,000 to 150 plant species.” He continues, stating that “this loss means that our food supply is reliant on a small selection of crops, making it more vulnerable to pests, diseases, and changes in climate.” [...]

Making Hypertufa – Are You In?

Making Hypertufa – Are You In?

We’re ready to sign up!  Following is text provided by The Arboretum about their upcoming hypertufa pot workshop: Old stone sinks and animal troughs have been used to grow plants for many years. Today, they are scarce and very expensive. But now, we can make them from hypertufa, an artificial medium with absorbent properties similar to tufa [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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