Posts tagged with the keyword: ‘gardening’


Yvonne’s Basic Pruning Overview

Yvonne’s Basic Pruning Overview

What a great way to end 2016 and begin 2017—with lots of rain! Yay! So glorious to relish each gentle drop over long hours so the soil was able to absorb all the goodness… and then have those downpours that really filled the soil’s air pores so the moisture could sink deeply down into rootzones. Love it! With the promise […]

Nipped by Frost?

Nipped by Frost?

The last several nights have threatened frost, even down here in the mid-lowlands of my garden in the southern section of Pasadena. While the end of January is the average last frost date for our area, I haven’t worried much about it for quite a few years since we haven’t had even a light frost […]

Japanese Gardens of Manzanar: Past, Present & Future

Japanese Gardens of Manzanar: Past, Present & Future

As part of its East Asian Garden Lecture Series, the Huntington presents “Japanese Gardens of Manzanar: Past, Present, and Future.” During World War II, the internment camp at Manzanar in the California desert held more than 10,000 men, women, and children of Japanese ancestry. To ameliorate the harsh conditions, many of those imprisoned there built […]

Harvesting Herbs for Fresh & Dry Use

Harvesting Herbs for Fresh & Dry Use

Herbs you use frequently either fresh or dry are definitely worth growing and harvesting for their excellent-quality essential oils and economy. With even only a small space for growing and then harvesting in a timely manner, you can get several or more harvests per growing season that will provide many times the quantity that would […]

Cool Plants for Hot Gardens

Cool Plants for Hot Gardens

This gardening event isn’t in our immediate area, but we figured Riverside Drive and Los Feliz Boulevard isn’t too out of the way, especially if it means learning about wondrous plants and being able to purchase them. The Southern California Horticultural Society (SCHS) is holding a “Grower’s Panel” on April 14 and non-members are welcome […]

Spring Gardening Classes for Beginners

Spring Gardening Classes for Beginners

Though we’ve been planting herbs, flowers, cacti, and vegetables for decades, the fact that we’ve never succeeded in establishing a thriving, blooming, surviving garden means we still classify our educational level as beginner, as that sounds more hopeful than doomed to fail. Thanks to information provided by Pasadena native and Master Gardener Yvonne Savio and […]

Gardening in Difficult Times

Gardening in Difficult Times

Too hot, too dry, too steep, too shady. The obstacles to a thriving garden are many, but help has arrived at Thursday Garden Talks with Lili Singer. On October 29, come learn how to harvest rain, through time-tested techniques and new methods, “including current legal uses for collected water, from an acclaimed local garden designer.” […]

School Gardens: A to V

School Gardens: A to V

More and more often, gardens may be found on school grounds. Not just the garden beds planted, attended, and maintained by the school groundskeeper, but a learning garden. One such garden is now widely known: Muir Ranch, a 1.5-acre sustainable teaching farm at John Muir High School in Pasadena. Students are engaged to grow organic […]

Free Mulch!

Free Mulch!

Mulch is the answer! Not completely, but it’s a wonderful means for retaining moisture in the soil, controlling weeds, and even giving a finishing touch to a lawn. Julie Gutierrez, Pasadena Assistant City Manager, explains that “by mulching and re-purposing tree trimmings from Pasadena street trees, we divert material from our landfill and reduce carbon […]

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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