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Pine Boughs & Flowers

Pine Boughs & Flowers
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One of the aspects of the holidays that charm and warm our heart is holiday decorations. Wreaths on front doors—from the classic pine boughs with pine cones, berries, and a red ribbon to more modern wreaths made out of ribbon stripes, hand cut paper leaves, balls of felt, wraps of bark, bunched burlap, thistle, kale, […]

48th Annual Holiday Look In Tour

48th Annual Holiday Look In Tour

Get swept up by the season by touring a handful of different homes decorated especially for the holiday season. Get inspired, borrow ideas for your own home at the 48th Annual Holiday Look In tour. Once again, four local floral designers will illustrate their style and creativity by decorating a home for the holidays: Drew […]

State of Mulch 2

State of Mulch 2

“In consideration of the coming El Niño, which may bring huge amounts of water to us or even in imagining the years of drought we are likely facing in the future, there are no greater actions we can take than to contour the land to capture water and to use mulch to help cleanse, augment […]

Storrier Stearns Transitions

Storrier Stearns Transitions

Kendall Brown, Professor of Asian Art History at Cal State Long Beach and Curator at Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, described the garden this way in his 2003 letter of Nomination to the National Register of Historic Places: In its design and construction, the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden represents one of the best pre-war examples […]

Bungalows & Craftsman

Bungalows & Craftsman

Driving the streets of Los Angeles last month, cutting down side streets to avoid the traffic, we remembered the years we lived around the Wilshire District and West Hollywood; the lovely neighborhoods just off busy boulevards, small to medium houses with tidy lawns and constant blooms—and of every architectural style: Spanish, English Tudor, Victorian, Georgian […]

Japanese Garden Tour

Japanese Garden Tour

In artful landscapes we lose ourselves in a path woven around a pond and a harmonious stone arrangement; we delight in the variegated colors of graceful koi and the bright hues of blossoming plums; and we are calmed by a stream’s gentle murmur and the dappled greens of moss. —Dr. Kendall Brown, Quiet Beauty: Japanese […]

Gardening in Difficult Times

Gardening in Difficult Times

Too hot, too dry, too steep, too shady. The obstacles to a thriving garden are many, but help has arrived at Thursday Garden Talks with Lili Singer. On October 29, come learn how to harvest rain, through time-tested techniques and new methods, “including current legal uses for collected water, from an acclaimed local garden designer.” […]

Fall Plant Sale at the Huntington

Fall Plant Sale at the Huntington

We’ve been told that the fall is an excellent time for planting California native plants. Since we can hardly keep a cactus alive, perhaps we should join the crowd and load up on salvias, ceanothus, irises, and leucadendrons at this the Huntington’s Fall Plant Sale, October 23-25. A large assortment of water-wise Australian plants will […]

Huntington Orchid Show 2015

Huntington Orchid Show 2015

We were not huge orchid fans until we visit an orchid farm in New Zealand (way back in 1986) and got a tour and a rundown on the intense care that’s needed to produce these plants and fascinating flowers. Over 22,000 species in 880 genera make up the Orchidaceae family, which is among the largest […]

Craftsman! For the Weekend

Craftsman! For the Weekend

The sheer number of events can seem rather daunting. House tours, bus and walking tours, a show and sale, workshops, lectures, presentations, evening receptions, and a silent auction. But, Craftsman Weekend, which actually spans a four-day period, is the crème de la crème, quintessential event for lovers of the architectural Arts & Crafts movement. Here’s […]

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