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March 8, 2007
Amy Stewart, columnist and author of award winning books including her newest book, New York Times bestselling Flower Confidential: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful in the Business of Flowers will speak tonight (Thursday, March 8) at 7 o'clock at Descanso Gardens. Stewart traveled around the world to follow the journey made by flowers, from test tube to vase, to find out what really happens before they are delivered to supermarkets or florists and purchased by the consumer.
NEWS
December 30, 2004
Proving that the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association is truly a community effort, Allen Lund Company has come to the rescue of the float's decorating staff for a second time by providing them with a refrigerated truck (reefer) to keep fragile flowers looking their best. "Having properly cared for flowers can make a huge difference in the finished appearance of the float," said Bob Neilson, past president and site manager for the Association. "Allen Lund Company's generosity is greatly appreciated as it will insure that our flowers are in top shape to apply to the float."
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
February 10, 2005
Four artists will share exhibit space at Descanso Gardens' Boddy House Gallery through March 3. Visitors to the gallery have a chance not only to see and buy the artworks, but also to meet and talk with the artists. At least one of the exhibiting artists is at the gallery during open hours. Visits to the gallery are free with Gardens Admission. Louise Forbes and her paintings on wood offer "A Glimpse into Nature's Realm." Her oil paintings of wildlife, fantasy flowers and hidden surprise subjects follow the natural grain of wood panels to bring delightful surprises to the viewer.
NEWS
March 30, 2006
10 Years Ago... The Descanso Gardens' Spring Festival of Flowers started. Called one of the most beautiful places in Southern California, the annual Spring Festival of Flowers showcased the millions of blooms throughout the 160-acre gardens. 20 Years Ago... La Cañada United Methodist Church members participated in the ceremony of "Flowering the Cross," which took place during the 5:30 a.m. Easter Sunrise Service in the outdoor amphitheater. 30 Years Ago..
NEWS
March 13, 2008
The unusual holiday for this week is March 12, national Plant a Flower Day. If you feel so inclined, plant some flowers in your front yard, for you and your neighbors to enjoy! If you are not so inclined, then go out and enjoy the flowers that others have planted. It?s always nice to visit our local treasure, Descanso Gardens. Whether it be the camellias, tulips, lilacs or roses, there is always something lovely to enjoy. Sitting on a bench and enjoying the sights and sounds of a lovely spring day is a relaxing thing to do. Have you ever noticed how a small child finds delight in the smallest of flowers, even a lowly dandelion?
NEWS
December 26, 2012
It's been announced that the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Assn. is launching the competition for our 2014 Rose Parade float. “Entries should be brief, easily understood, whimsical or humorous and highly animated,” according to the rules. La Cañada isn't whimsical or humorous, nor are we “highly animated.” We're beautiful! So why can't we have a beautiful float? A float covered with flowers and a beautiful queen and her court instead of seeds, rice and a silly, laughable arcade-like animal?
ENTERTAINMENT
April 27, 2006
Music, flowers, classes, tours and all the artistry of spring are highlighted through May. Stop and smell the roses at the weekend Discovery Station, which is abundant with information. Visit the children's maze, and the bird observation station. Savor all the breathtaking sights during the last month of the Descanso Gardens' Spring Festival of Flowers. Unless noted, events are free with admission to Descanso Gardens. Fri., May 5: Mariachi music—Noon A lunchtime mariachi concert at the Under the Oaks Theater will honor this region’s neighbor, Mexico, on this Cinco de Mayo Fri. The concert, like all music during Descanso’s Spring Festival of Flowers, is free with Gardens admission.
FEATURES
June 8, 2006
Jane Napier Neely Chit Chat From Here and There Sophistication was the style of last Saturday evening's "Night Bloomin' Jazz" black-tie benefit sponsored by S.E.E.D.S. (Supporting Education and Excellence at Descanso.) More than $150,000 was raised to support the botanic garden and its role as a community resource for learning and discovery of nature. Descanso Gardens was a magical gathering place for more than 400 guests at the 6th annual event, which has become one of the most elegant fund-raising parties held in La Cañada Flintridge each year.
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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | January 1, 2014
On Wednesday, La Cañada Flintridge residents watched proudly as a 20-foot-tall truck of five dogs escaped from a persistent dogcatcher. The self-built La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Assn. float, “Dog Gone!” won the Bob Hope Humor Award. ___ FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated the number of times the city has entered a float in the Tournament of Roses Parade. It is the 36th entry, not the 21st. ___ The float features an animated dogcatcher, named Steve, who is running after a group of dogs who are driving away in his 1930s-style truck.
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NEWS
December 19, 2013
La Cañada Flintridge Nov. 29 Burglary: 500 block of Foothill Boulevard, 6:25 p.m. Multiple flower arrangements, whiskey, vodka and beer were stolen from Ralphs. The incident was reported on Dec. 11. Dec. 10 Petty theft: 4400 block of Hobbs Drive, between 4:55 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. A handbag, wallet, California driver's license, multiple credit cards, ATM cards, and cash were stolen from an unlocked vehicle. Dec. 12-14 Petty theft: Viro Road and Foothill Boulevard, before 10 a.m. on Dec. 14. Mail from 13 residences was found under a bush on Viro Road.
COMMUNITY
April 18, 2013
It was a lovely warm March day when the La Cañada Thursday Club held its annual fashion show luncheon. The event was a rousing welcome to spring and many of the 200 ladies attending the event were wearing their best chapeaux. It was fun to see the different hats - small "fascinators" such as what one might wear to have tea with Princess Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, to floppy-brimmed hats of bright colors just meant for an afternoon outing on a sunny day. Gracella Gibbs , who chaired the event, was everywhere at once and under her expert direction, the presentation was as silky smooth as some of the flowers adorning hats.
NEWS
December 26, 2012
It's been announced that the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Assn. is launching the competition for our 2014 Rose Parade float. “Entries should be brief, easily understood, whimsical or humorous and highly animated,” according to the rules. La Cañada isn't whimsical or humorous, nor are we “highly animated.” We're beautiful! So why can't we have a beautiful float? A float covered with flowers and a beautiful queen and her court instead of seeds, rice and a silly, laughable arcade-like animal?
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By Carol Cormaci | December 26, 2012
Stepping around the pots of glue and buckets of flowers, admiring the handiwork of volunteers stationed on scaffolds, one might not guess that this utilitarian float-decorating site that lies directly beneath a 210 Freeway overpass is also a hotbed for romantic encounters. That might be an exaggeration. I don't actually know how many couples have made eyes at each other over tubs of orchids and ti leaves since 1976, when the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Assn. brought to life its first float entry for Pasadena's Rose Parade.
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
May 11, 2012
Some of the beauty to be found in the Angeles National Forest this spring can exact a heavy price. Areas burned by the Station fire are sprouting a bush with a lovely purple flower known as the poodle-dog bush. But when it comes to this plant, hikers would do well to head warnings from officials: look, but don't touch. That's because the flowering plant,  Turricula parryi, can cause poison oak-like skin rashes and blisters. The plant thrives in areas where the soil has been ravaged by flash floods or, as in this case, fire.
FEATURES
By Jane Napier Neely | May 20, 2010
My goodness, one more week and we will be dancing into La Cañada’s big Fiesta Days party. But before the high stepping begins here in LCF, I am still savoring the joyous fun I experienced at a family retreat in Boulder, Colo. Spring was in full bloom in this Rocky Mountain town. The fruit trees were showing off their delicate flowers of pink and white while the tulips, in vibrant colors of purple, orange and yellow, were swaying in the temperate zephyrs that wafted by. All homeowners in the city obviously got the memo that recommended that every front yard in the city must have a beautiful display of tulips, because it was a joy to cruise the many streets of the city and admire their beautiful gardens.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Nicole Charky | May 6, 2010
Instead of grabbing a bundle of flowers for Mom at the supermarket, Descanso Gardens has more than 3,000 rose species to show her on Mother?s Day. Descanso?s Justin Huff will lead guests through the gardens? rosarium from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. There are five acres of lush, bright roses there. There are 20 themed gardens in the Descanso rosarium, which opened in 1994. These include old European roses, roses from China and hybrid, modern roses. All of the roses are labeled according to different species originating from Scotland, Denmark, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Australia, Ireland and the U.S., said Brenda Rees, manager of communications at the gardens.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Riley Hooper | April 15, 2010
The Lilac Ladies celebrated the 50th birthday of their friend, the Lavender Lady, in 2003. Joyce Kjarsgaard and Bonnie Compeau — or the Lilac Ladies as they’re known at Descanso Gardens, where they volunteer in the Lilac Grove — gathered with members of the community at the gardens in La Cañada Flintridge to eat cake and sing happy birthday to the hybridized lilac plant species developed at the gardens. “It was really a lot of fun,” Kjarsgaard said.
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