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Descanso Gardens Joins Huntington Library, Closes Outdoor Gardens

Thursday, March 19, 2020 | 6:23 am

Descanso Gardens announced late Wednesday that its gardens will be closed to the public until further notice, a day after The Huntington Library in San Marino did the same due to the coronavirus pandemic. While we know the gardens are a place of wellness and e... More »


Years of Work Celebrated As Pasadena Community Gardens Officially Opens

Sunday, October 27, 2013 | 6:00 am

Four years of hard work by a dedicated community coalition blossomed at athe official bed-breaking of the new Pasadena Community Gardens at a Saturday, Oct. 26 event. “I’m excited about the establishment of a community garden because it represents a strong... More »


Descanso Gardens Seeks Art Entries for Upcoming Show

Friday, October 18, 2013 | 2:05 pm

Artists and gardens go together like Van Gogh and sunflowers. If Descanso Gardens has inspired your own artistic endeavors, why not share your vision? The Sturt Haaga Gallery at Descanso Gardens is seeking submissions of art to present in Portraits of the Gard... More »


Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer (PSHB) Detected in Sierra Madre

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 | 11:33 am

City staff has been alerted to a number of new tree wounds in public trees in the downtown and Canyon areas. Investigations and consultations with local arborists have concluded that the Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer (PSHB) has very likely found a host in the tr... More »


Heads up, Campers! Join the Fun at Descanso Discovery Camp!

Monday, May 13, 2013 | 4:45 pm

“Are you REA-A-A-DY?” For summer, that is! Looking for an active, enriching — and most of all, FUN! — day camp experience for everyone’s youngster? Check out Descanso Discovery Camp! Descanso Gardens is once again teaming up with the Child Educational Center t... More »


Outdoor Living in Style

Thursday, May 2, 2013 | 1:29 pm

Everyone craves an escape to paradise every now and then, but what if you can escape every time you step out your house? Pacific Outdoor Living can give you paradise in your backyard. What sets Pacific Outdoor Living apart from other contractors is that it for... More »


Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy Announces Grants

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 | 11:15 am

The Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy today announced that it has awarded $7,000 in grants supporting community-based organizations that expand public and student access to and knowledge of gardening, particularly fruit and vegetable gardening, in Pasaden... More »


‘The WILD Flowers’ Exhibit Opens at Descanso

Friday, December 21, 2012 | 1:14 pm

Although the Southern California winters are mild, everyone still looks forward to the first signs of spring — the colorful blooms of cherries, crabapples, poppies and tulips. The flower is a powerful symbol of regeneration, fertility, birth, and the continuit... More »


Crowell Library: Rain Gardens

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 | 4:37 pm

This free one hour workshop on rain gardens is recommended for those interested in environmental issues pertaining to water conservation and pollution prevention as well as those who enjoy gardening and having a beautiful home landscape! Rain gardens are shall... More »


Picture Perfect Landscape

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 | 2:25 pm

  The Pasadena area is renowned for its inordinately large number of beautiful estates. Homeowners take pride in their abodes, which means that a hard-working, no-nonsense landscaper like Tom Tuzzolino is in great demand. Californian as he is, Tom represents a... More »


How to Design the Perfect Patio

Thursday, July 5, 2012 | 5:20 am

Ah, summer in Southern California! Endless sun, beaches a short drive away or a pool in the back yard, that idyllic lifestyle of barbecues with friends on the back patio. What could be better? Well……… what could be better is probably your patio and barbecue â€... More »