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Altadena: Home Is Where the Heart Is

Altadena: Home Is Where the Heart Is

The season of home tours marches on. This Sunday, the Altadena Guild hosts the “The Heart of the Midlothian,” a tour of four homes, old and new. The architectural past is represented by a 1930 Monterey Spanish Revival designed by Wallace Neff and a 1930 traditional Monterey Colonial with a nautically-themed library and a vintage [...]

Where Bungalows Are Heaven

Where Bungalows Are Heaven

Pasadena’s first Landmark District (and now listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places) is little, adorable, magical Bungalow Heaven. Eight Arts & Crafts-style homes built between 1905-1925 will be open to the public this Saturday, April 29th. It’s a self-guided tour where docents will be on hand to offer commentary of these simple [...]

Open the Gates!

Open the Gates!

For the last 17 years, The Garden Conservancy has been “opening the gates” to America’s private gardens. This year, they will offer self-guided tours at 300 gardens in 19 states. Pasadena abounds with beautiful gardens and six of them will host “Open Days” on Sunday, April 29th. The lucky six are: Hen’s Grove, John H. [...]

The Japanese Garden Returns

The Japanese Garden Returns

After a year-long closure, but with a $6.8 million renovation, the Huntington’s Japanese Garden will have it’s grand reopening on Wednesday, April 11th. The main attraction will be the addition of a ceremonial teahouse. This one is called Seifu-an (the Arbor of Pure Breeze) and was donated by the Pasadena Buddhist Temple. Built in Kyoto [...]

Feeling Mod All Over

Feeling Mod All Over

If mod is your thing, then Pasadena Heritage‘s Spring Home Tour could be the perfect fit. On Sunday, March 25th—over a period of seven hours—you have the opportunity to witness and absorb five local homes that exemplify mid-century modern architecture. You can kick off this event by attending a reception on the evening of March [...]

Remember Swales?

Remember Swales?

Back in October we published a post about a permaculture-based garden that was being created, replacing a 3,000 square-foot, water-greedy lawn at Throop Unitarian Universalist Church. Swale-building was on the menu the very first weekend, and in our article’s opening paragraph, we actually had to define “swale,” because, well, that’s just not a part of [...]

A Garden of Their Own

A Garden of Their Own

They’re in for the long haul. Several years ago, Charles W. Eliot Middle School in Altadena won the governor’s physical fitness challenge and received $100,000. With those funds, the school built a physical fitness center for the students. To continue this emphasis on health and wellness, the next goal was to turn a fallow lot [...]

Camellia, Camellia

Camellia, Camellia

This weekend our intrepid weather persons are predicting partly cloudy skies on Saturday, and sunny skies on Sunday with temperatures in the mid-60′s. Wondering how to spend a mild winter weekend? Maybe a competition in the world of camellias would be the answer. The Huntington is holding its 40th Annual Camellia Show, where “hundreds of [...]

Going Vertical at Descanso

Going Vertical at Descanso

Each of Descanso’s gardens has their own individuality, charm and allure. From the thicket of magnolias and the peace of the Japanese garden you can take a stroll along the Promenade, tiptoe through the Rose, inhale the fragrance of the the lilacs in the Lilac, and go native Californian. The newest nugget of gold is [...]

Shout Out! Woodland & Wildlife Park Cleanup!

Shout Out! Woodland & Wildlife Park Cleanup!

Great news for those itching to don garden gloves and do some good in this world. Gloved ones should steer toward the three-acre Arroyo Seco-South Pasadena Woodland and Wildlife Park for its monthly clean-up day. Those without gloves are welcome, too. The park is semi-secretly located in the 100 block of Pasadena Avenue, near York [...]

Gooden Open House Saturday, January 11

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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