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Series spotlights those 'Preserving Paradise'

April 22, 2004

Private tours of gardens is the centerpiece of the Pasadena Museum of History's 2004 At Home in the Garden Series on tour Sunday afternoons May 23, June 27, Sept. 26 and Oct. 24.

Titled "Preserving Paradise," the series focuses on garden conservation and preservation. Each event begins at 1 p.m. with an illustrated talk by a speaker with expertise in the field who will then accompany participants on a tour of a local private garden which has been chosen to illustrate aspects of the lecture. Post-tour receptions will follow.

Tickets are $45 general; $35 for Museum members. Reservations are required at 626-577-1660, ext. 10.

A gala "Brunch on the Green" on May 2 at the landmark Fenyes Garden at the Pasadena Museum of History will serve as a prelude to the series. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. with a reception and garden-themed silent auction. Brunch, with an array of cuisines featuring the bounty of the garden, follows at 12:30 p.m. Dr. Eric Haskell, professor of French studies and interdisciplinary humanities/director at Clark Humanities Museum at Scripps College, will preside over a live auction and program introducing the series concept and speakers.

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Tickets are $75 (general), $125 (reserved seating), and $500 (reserved seating and garden series ticket) per person. Proceeds from this event will support the museum's educational programming for students, adults and its members; tickets are partially tax-deductible. For additional information and reservations, call 626-577-1660, ext. 10.

The 2004 At Home in the Garden series, "Preserving Paradise," spotlights significant efforts in conservation, restoration, and preservation. Spring's programs introduce the subject in relation to gardens and plant collections. The fall lectures look at examples of preserved gardens, first in Europe, then in California.

May 23

"Saving Our Garden ... Honoring Our Past" | Caroline Bennett, conservation essayist and lecturer, will outline the various ways we study historic gardens, the fields of study that help us understand the complexity of this research, and the issues we confront when making decisions regarding conservation and restoration. She will also discuss what we can learn from garden conservation projects worldwide. The lecture will take place at La Casita del Arroyo; tour and reception follow at a Katherine Bashford designed garden in Pasadena.

June 27

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