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Tomatomania!

Tomatomania!

Every year, do your cherry toms wither on the vine? One good crop and then your heirlooms seem to succumb to apathy? Let 2014 be the year your garden makes you smile and your taste buds delight. How, you wonder skeptically. Tomatomania! The world’s largest tomato seedling sale at Descanso Gardens. Not only are there hundreds [...]

Food Forward – Valencias

Food Forward – Valencias

“There’s something enjoyable about plucking ripe, orange spheres from the sky and delivering them into boxes…You can meet great people and make friends, or just find your own tree and let your thoughts wander while you help feed people.” (Michelle, Food Forward volunteer) Food Forward in North Hollywood is a volunteer-driven grassroots group who “rescue” [...]

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 [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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