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Japanese Garden Fest & Native Plants Sale

Japanese Garden Fest & Native Plants Sale

A fashion show of kimonos, a display of Ikebana (the art of flower arranging), a walking tour of the gardens with the colors of autumn, and the cuisine (and sake) of the “Land of the Rising Sun.” November 9th-10th, Descanso Gardens is hosting their annual Japanese Garden Festival with all the activities listed above spread […]

Last “Garden Talks” of the Fall

Last “Garden Talks” of the Fall

Lili Singer, who leads “Garden Talks” at the Arboretum, welcomes the Inter-City Cactus and Succulent Show co-chair Tom Glavich to the season’s last workshop. This last class, on Thursday, October 31st, is called “Winter Growers: Bulbs & Succulents of the Mediterranean, South Africa & the Americas.” Glavich has “propagated a wide range of plants—including succulents, […]

Orchid Masquerade

Orchid Masquerade

Don’t be intimidated, “they” say. You can learn “to grow and properly care for orchis,” says Robert Lauri, one of the event organizers of “Orchid Masquerade” at The Huntington. She will talk about “Growing Stanhopea” on Sunday, October 20th. Lauri suggests joining an orchid society with monthly meetings for tips. (Find a local group here.) […]

Harvest Festival at Descanso

Harvest Festival at Descanso

Toddler Treks with Acorn Bear and seasonal craft making can be found at Descanso Gardens‘ Harvest Festival October 19-20th. “Small fry and adults alike” are invited to dress up as fairies, superheroes, or anything desired and join in in the costume parade through the Gardens. A musical hour at Under the Oaks Theater with Heidi […]

Craftsman Weekend 2013

Craftsman Weekend 2013

Only a few weeks from now and it will be Craftsman Weekend 2013. From Friday, October 18th through Sunday the 20th, there will be an excursion to the California Club, an historic churches walking tour, an Arts & Crafts embroidery workshop, and a wood restoration workshop. An opening reception on Friday night will be held at […]

Garden Talks & Field Trips

Garden Talks & Field Trips

It’s Thursday garden talks with Lili Singer at the Arboretum through October 31st. The series has already started but 5 remain and each class can be attended and paid for individually. Thursday, Oct. 3rd: Beneficial Insects: Good Bugs in the Garden with Lily Singer Productive gardens depend on a diverse array of tiny creatures to […]

Fall Organic Vegetable Gardening

Fall Organic Vegetable Gardening

Like the idea of eating pesticide-free food? Become an organic gardener starting with Garden Manager Rachel Young at Descanso Gardens this Saturday. Young will explain the importance of planning your garden, “maintaining garden vitality,” and prepping for the upcoming spring and summer. The lecture will be in the Maple classroom, while a garden talk will […]

Glendale’s Casa Verdugo & the Historical Society’s Home Tour

Glendale’s Casa Verdugo & the Historical Society’s Home Tour

Imagine 2,500 hungry shriners walking through the door of your establishment and wanting to be satisfied? The national shriner convention was held in Los Angeles in May, 1906, and thousands of shriners boarded the Red Car and headed for Glendale to dine at Casa Verdugo. The adobe that established this restaurant was constructed about 1865 […]

Trees, Trees, Innumerable Trees

Trees, Trees, Innumerable Trees

Did you know that Southern California is host and home to nearly a thousand species of woody perennials (aka trees)? Magnolia x soulangeana. Liquidambar styraciflua. Platanus racemosa. Tabebuia impetiginosa. Translation: Tulip Tree, American Sweet Gum, Western Sycamore, and Pink Trumpet Tree. According to Don Hodel, author of Exceptional Trees of Los Angeles County, we live […]

Free Water Wise Landscaping Workshops

Free Water Wise Landscaping Workshops

Fed up with that itchy, rough Bermuda grass that you have to mow every weekend? Considering replacing it with a drought tolerant lawn? The City of South Pasadena is offering free water wise landscaping workshops starting September 7th. “Preparation and Design” will teach you how to remove grass and give your yard a makeover with […]

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