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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | August 1, 2013
With the departure of head horticulturalist Brian Sullivan in March, Descanso Gardens officials were left with some pretty big garden gloves to fill. But they didn't have to look far to find the right fit. Rachel Young, who for the past six years has managed various patches within Descanso's expansive grounds, was named director of horticulture and garden operations last month. Sullivan, who served as one of three float judges for the 2013 Rose Parade before leaving La Cañada Flintridge in April for an executive post with the New York Botanical Garden, had started out 18 years earlier as a gardener at Descanso.
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NEWS
October 12, 2012
Oct. 3 Identity theft: 1200 block of Journey's End Drive, 1:30 p.m. Citibank alerted a resident that a man requested checks on the resident's account and had the correct account information, but that the checks were not issued because the caller failed to answer a security question. Oct. 4 Burglary: 4700 block of La Cañada Boulevard, 9:10 p.m. or earlier. Living room window smashed, laptop computer and gold jewelry taken. Oct. 5 Burglary: 1418 Descanso Drive, before 6 a.m. A full 5-gallon gas can was taken from a locked storage container belonging to the Descanso Gardens groundskeeper.
NEWS
By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | August 1, 2013
Descanso Gardens will grow next year by planting a four-acre native oak woodland on land that hasn't been open to the public for decades. For an institution that has thrived on cultivating camellias, roses and other exotic flora, recreating a landscape indigenous to Southern California but decimated by a century of growth and development is a new adventure. "When there were not a lot of humans and a lot of nature, we used to bring in the exotic. And now that there's a lot of humans and not a lot of nature, we're placing more emphasis on indigenous habitats," Descanso Gardens Executive Director David Brown said.
NEWS
By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | October 10, 2012
For the first time in nearly two decades, Descanso Gardens is expanding - planning a four-acre collection of native oaks, shrubs and grasses. “It's almost what Descanso was before humans started cultivating plants here,” said Brian Sullivan, Descanso's director of horticulture. “What we're creating is the feeling of the landscape before people moved in.” The proposed woodland area has been closed to the public for decades and until recently was invaded by non-native eucalyptus trees.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 2007
Descanso Gardens really dresses up for spring, with thousands of vibrant flowers and trees blooming through weeks and months. The season will begin this year with daffodils and the exhibit by the Southern California Daffodil Society. The following events are scheduled at Descanso Gardens through March 11. Unless noted, events are free with Gardens admission. All fees include Gardens admission. Thursday, March 8 ? Flower Confidential?7 to 9 p.m. There is more to a bouquet of cut flowers than its ability to beautify a room, and author Amy Stewart knows the ins and outs of the extraordinary business of flowers.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Elaine La Marr | October 18, 2007
Fall in Southern California is sometimes a bit hard to find with our warm temperatures, flowering plants and the abundance of evergreen trees, but for those seeking out a bit of fall, Descanso Gardens is the place to be as it readies for the season with its Lollapalooza at PumpkinPalooza event to be held Oct. 27-28. “PumpkinPalooza is sure to grab the imagination of children and adults alike,” said Public Relations Manager Mary Ellen Walker. “Descanso Gardens will be filled with pumpkins as well as activities for all ages.
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