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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 […]

9th Annual Gathering of Community Gardens

9th Annual Gathering of Community Gardens

Appreciation to Nikki Parrish, event planner for the Muir Ranch farm-to-table suppers, for informing us of the upcoming 9th Annual Gathering of Community Gardens to be held on October 3. The all-day event features 12 workshops in both English and Spanish, as well as exhibits, live demos, giveaways, networking, and “a zero waste lunch.” Topics […]

Altadena Heritage’s Water-Wise Landscaping Workshop Series

Altadena Heritage’s Water-Wise Landscaping Workshop Series

For some of us, we’re visual learners. See it, immerse in it, do it, and our retention ability is through the roof. Altadena Heritage is taking its water-wise landscaping workshop on the road, or down the road—horticulturalist Debby Figoni is offering up her lawn for this hands-on 3-session workshop. She will lead the series and… […]

Fragrant Dogbane

Fragrant Dogbane

It lures in prey with one of the loveliest of elements—a sweet fragrance. Only once the prey has done the deed do they realize they’ve been duped. Frangipani or plumeria, a genus in the dogbane family, has flowers that are most fragrant at night. This is to attract the sphinx moth in order to be […]

Get on the Bus! AIA Architectural Tour (AKA Roof Party)

Get on the Bus! AIA Architectural Tour (AKA Roof Party)

Every year American Institute of Architects Pasadena & Foothill reserve a double-decker, stock up on wine, and plan the route. It’s a summer evening with a glass of wine on the roof of a bus while learning about historic architecture in Pasadena. The stops are still being finalized, but we suggest you reserve your spot […]

Night Photography in the Garden

Night Photography in the Garden

Head into the night with camera in hand and step into an alien land. This “alien land” would be the pet project of L.A. Arboretum Superintendent Timothy Phillips. With the Madagascar Forest, he wanted to create a surreal yet engaging, immersive, “adventure of the spiniest kind,” he explains in Pacific Horticulture magazine. With the Seuss-like […]

Inter-City Cactus

Inter-City Cactus

The folks who have cactus water in their veins (i.e., a passion for the cacti) are joining together with the Cactus and Succulent societies of Los Angeles, Long Beach, and San Gabriel Valley to show, talk about, judge, award, and sell cacti at the Inter-City Cactus Show & Sale on August 8th-9th at the Arboretum. […]

Hummingbirds, Butterflies, Gray Water & Pushing the Limits

Hummingbirds, Butterflies, Gray Water & Pushing the Limits

Hint: These little guys flap their wings 50 times per second, which also allows them to fly backwards at “speeds exceeding 34mph.” Answer: Hummingbirds. Allen’s hummingbird, Anna’s hummingbird, Antillean mango, Black jacobin, Frilled coquette, Sooty barbthroat, and Mexican hermit are the few binomial names of the 325-350 species of hummingbirds. Hint: They can’t fly in […]

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