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Holiday Houses

Holiday Houses

In their 45th year, the Women’s Committee of the Pasadena Symphony Association presents its annual Holiday “Look In” Tour with local rose kings Jacob Maarse, the daringly untraditional Ixora, and the lovely Mary Falkingham Floral Designs. Four houses and their gardens will be dressed for the holidays: the Banta Residence; a 1931 Monterey Colonial Burge home; the [...]

Descanso Japanese Garden Fest

Descanso Japanese Garden Fest

Celebrate the Land of the Rising Sun. The Descanso Gardens celebrates all things Japanese this weekend with flower arranging, traditional cuisine, music, and Taiko drummers. Ikebana is the art of flower arranging, emphasizing creative expression, intention, minimalism, and focusing on stems and leaves to draw attention to shape, line, and form. The Sogetsu School of [...]

Douglas Ewing: A Progressive Home Tour

Douglas Ewing: A Progressive Home Tour

It’s been 40 years since Douglas Ewing founded his architectural firm. He has designed Ralph Lauren’s residence and ranch in Colorado, the South Pasadena Library expansion, undertaken the Mammoth Mountain Inn renovation, Mike and Anne’s Restaurant in South Pas, and numerous buildings at CalTech, UCLA, and USC. This year, Ewing was named Best Architect in [...]

Celebrating California’s Arts & Crafts Movement

Celebrating California’s Arts & Crafts Movement

Just hold on a few more weeks and you can get your California Arts & Crafts Movement fix via the 21st Annual Pasadena Heritage Craftsman Weekend. Start the weekend off by attending an opening reception at Blinn House, which is currently inhabited by the Women’s City Club of Pasadena and is an “exemplary portrayal of [...]

Looking For Acorns

Looking For Acorns

The Arroyo Seco Foundation Watershed program coordinator is sending out a call for acorns. He’s asking for residents to put in their refrigerator any acorns from a fruitful oak tree—especially those that are on a leaf-bearing twig—then send him an email at jonathan(at)arroyoseco.org or call 323.405.7326. They will arrange a pick up and then will nurse and [...]

Glendale’s Golden Age

Glendale’s Golden Age

From the designer of Snow White’s favorite dwarves’ cottage to Spanish Colonial Revivals, the Glendale Historical Society 2012 Home Tour focuses on the “golden age” of the 1920s and 1930s. Five homes and the courtyard of a 1927 Storybook Style home are on the 2.5 mile tour (docent-led) route, which is easily accessible from downtown [...]

Raccoons Like ‘Em Some Honey

Raccoons Like ‘Em Some Honey

Say you’re about a century and a quarter old; how are you feeling right about now? Maybe a bit weary, worn around the edges, sagging, drooping, splitting apart. Wait, what? The particular 126-year-old in question is the Arboretum’s Queen Anne Cottage, and she’s been getting an extensive facelift. The decision was made, reports curator Mitchell [...]

Beautiful Blooming Bulbs

Beautiful Blooming Bulbs

Some of ‘em are good, some of ‘em not so good. This Thursday, August 9th, Mary McBride will explain what bulbs are suitable to plant in Southern California and what bulbs, well, not so much. Nursery owner of Mary’s Garden, McBride will instruct how to “layer” your bulbs into the landscape so you’ll have blooming [...]

Fallen Tree Art

Fallen Tree Art

Last December’s windstorm bent, twisted, and uprooted 235 trees. Some were chopped up for firewood. Some were disposed of via a tree grinder or stump chipper. One grand Oak in South Pas was leaning precariously over a neighbor’s roof; the owner partnered with a professional who cut it down very carefully and made oak planks [...]

Worms, Butterflies, & Dirt

Worms, Butterflies, & Dirt

Gardening is about “trial and error, learning from mistakes, and having fun,” says Master Gardener Jonathan Edwards. Edwards and Cheryl Yoder-Ednewy of Strub Avenue Farm and in collaboration with Whittier Backyard Farms and the Whittier Time Bank are offering the “Home Farming Workshops Series” throughout the month of July. Vermicomposting will be taught this Saturday, [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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