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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | March 13, 2013
Brian Sullivan started his career at Descanso Gardens with no experience. But after 18 years at the La Cañada Flintridge facility, he is moving on to a larger garden in New York City. Sullivan will leave his role as Descanso's director of horticulture on Friday. On April 1, he will become vice president for landscape, gardens and outdoor collections at the New York Botanical Garden, a 250-acre site in the Bronx that was founded in 1891. After living in California for more than 20 years ago, Sullivan said he never expected to leave.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 29, 2006
Visitors will have a hot time in July at the coolest place in the area — Descanso Gardens at 1418 Descanso Drive. Music, family programs, classes and events will keep the pace easy but never idle. And special Twilight Thursday hours will offer activities from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays through July and August. Unless noted, events are free with Gardens admission. All fees include Gardens admission Sunday, July 2: Independence Weekend 'Day of Dixie' Concerts. Why wait 'till July 4 to celebrate Independence Day when the Firehouse Stompers Dixieland Jazz Band will bring a lively program to Descanso Gardens for the Under the Oaks Concerts?
ENTERTAINMENT
By Lynne Heffley | July 14, 2012
Family music covers a lot of territory. It can be simple nursery rhymes or musically sophisticated, inventive original songs. Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, a recent entry in the “kindie rock” field, falls squarely in the latter category. Named 2010's “Best New Kids Artist” by USA Today, the Los Angeles-based band - newlyweds Lucky Diaz and Alisha Gaddis, plus a rotating crew of top-drawer professional musicians - will perform its exuberant, roots-and-rock music in a free concert for all ages on July 24 at 6 p.m. at Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge.
NEWS
October 10, 2013
A midday candidate's forum for the upcoming Nov. 5 La Cañada school board election will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30 in Van de Kamp Hall in Descanso Gardens. The forum is open to the public; those who would like to eat lunch during the event will be charged $15; others will be admitted at no charge. A reservation is required and can be made by contacting Mary Gant at (818) 790-9901. The event is co-sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada and the La Cañada PTA Council.
NEWS
January 24, 2014
[UPDATE 1:03 p.m.: Descanso Gardens officials estimate that the early morning blaze that ripped through a maintenance shed storing chemicals and gardening equipment may have cost at least half a million dollars in damage. ] The gardens remain closed Friday while crews work to investigate the cause and clean the area near the maintenance shed, which is off the main grounds, said Descanso Executive Director David Brown. "We've probably lost $10,000 or $20,000 worth of tools," Brown said.
NEWS
By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | November 21, 2012
Brian Sullivan loves plants, but 15 years ago that love was confined by an office job and a tiny apartment patio. Today Sullivan is director of horticulture at the renowned Descanso Gardens, and is preparing to serve as a judge in one of the world's most prestigious displays of plant pageantry - Pasadena's Rose Parade. On Dec. 29 and 30, Sullivan will inspect 40 floats and rate them on technical and aesthetic brilliance as well as other criteria. He and his fellow judges - Shane Connolly, an Irish floral designer who works for the British Royal family, and Amy Kule, the executive producer of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade - will determine the winners of 24 awards among 40 floats in the Rose Parade on Jan. 1, 2013.
NEWS
By Sara Cardine, sara.cardine@latimes.com | April 23, 2014
Officials at Descanso Gardens gave Metropolitan Water District a look under the hood Friday morning, participating in a free irrigation survey designed to pinpoint spots where water efficiency upgrades could be made. The audit is a service MWD offers at no cost to larger, nonresidential entities that maintain at least one acre of irrigation within the Metropolitan Water District's 5,200-square-mile service area. Descanso has about 80 acres of cultivated, irrigated garden space. During the three-hour audit, Gregg Roesnik, a San Diego-based certified landscape irrigation auditor contracted by MWD, examined various systems throughout the garden, reading meters and taking notes on his observations.
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