Posts tagged with the keyword: ‘home and garden’

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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 […]

2016 Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour

2016 Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour

To see all of the homes and gardens on the Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour one would need to start at dawn and end under starlight, and with no breaks for nosh. Yet, this annual native plant tour looks to be such an opportunity that if time permits, time should be taken. Over two […]

Gamble House Bequeathed 50 Years Ago

Gamble House Bequeathed 50 Years Ago

January 14, 2016 will be celebrated as the 50th anniversary of the Gamble family bequeathing a treasure—their family home—to the City of Pasadena and the University of Southern California. Official text: On January 14, 1966, members of the Gamble family, the City of Pasadena, and the University of Southern California signed a formal gift agreement, […]

Free CA-Friendly Lawn & Garden Workshop

Free CA-Friendly Lawn & Garden Workshop

Hemming and hawing about tearing out the lawn and opting for a drought-tolerant, California-friendly landscape? Pasadena Water and Power hosts a free workshop on May 30th at Eaton Canyon Nature Center with experts offering details on how to remove turf, then moving on to basic landscape design, irrigation fundamentals, plant species, and maintenance. This half-day […]

Construction: No Longer a Nightmare?

Construction: No Longer a Nightmare?

Thinking about a remodel? Afraid of potential problems and headaches you don’t even know about, but are sure exist? Hartman Baldwin Design/Build in Pasadena is offering “The Mid-Construction Showcase,” a free event on February 21st, where guests may see a remodel during construction. Discover goals and challenges, and learn about energy-efficient options. Speak with our […]

Outdoor Lighting Design

Outdoor Lighting Design

Does the garden you’ve labored over, sweated into, sworn towards yet nurtured, hated and loved, need to be under a spotlight? Soft pools of light around the garden create a completely different and magical experience at night. A light shining up into a tree adds a sophisticated sparkle. Whether from the windows in winter or […]

Oak Woodland

Oak Woodland

Twenty species of oak are native to California according to University of California Oak Woodland Management. Several of these are endemic and grow naturally nowhere outside of California, while others are more wide ranging and grow from Canada to Mexico. There are both shrubby oak species that never grow more than a few feet tall, […]

Native Plants: The Big Picture

Native Plants: The Big Picture

Lisa Novick is ready to talk plants, going native, and California lovin’. Novick is the Director of Outreach and K-12 Education at the Theodore Payne Foundation in Sun Valley. Mr. Theodore Payne (b. 1872), in case you have not heard, hailed from Northamptonshire, England. At the age of 21, he sailed to America and his […]

Clone Your Plants & Free Tuesday

Clone Your Plants & Free Tuesday

We hear “cloning” and we cringe, get a tad fearful, feel the world will all the more quickly become something we no longer recognize. Luckily, Descanso Gardens is only teaching plant propagation, not the cloning of the family pet or little Timmy. Their “Green Thumb 101” workshop will allow guests to have a hands-on experience and […]

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