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By Ruth Longoria | April 3, 2008
The garden outside Eric and Elisa Callow?s Lloyd Wright home is awash in colors befitting the beginning brush strokes of a Monet landscape. Bright orange, green, red and purple dapple the back yard of the 2/3 acre lot along La Cañada?s Journey?s End Drive, which the couple has turned into a beautiful yet quiet haven of peace and solitude. But the family isn?t keeping its lovingly cared for gardens to itself. On April 12 and 13, the Callows? native plant garden will be one of 38 Los Angeles area home gardens featured in the 5th annual Theodore Payne Foundation Native Plant Garden Tour.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 27, 2006
The fourth annual La Cañada Spring Garden Tour, hosted by La Cañada Valley Beautiful, will be held Sunday, April 30, from 1 to 4 p.m. Spend an afternoon strolling through four lovely gardens for just $10. Tickets will be available at participating gardens on the day of the garden tour or from LCVB board members. Refreshments will be served. Guests may start their tour at any of the gardens and enjoy the gardens in any order. 902 Flintridge Avenue : The house on this property was built in 1972.
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December 16, 2004
by Jacqueline Chen In his forthcoming book, "The Year I Ate My Yard", La Cañada native Tony Kienitz is referred to as a "vegetablarian," a title he invented to describe his professional affiliation. From carrots to cabbage, chives to chickweed, Kienitz has spent most of the last decade teaching about and building organic vegetable gardens in homes, orchards, even vineyards all over Southern California. Unlike many backyard farms, aesthetics is emphasized in his residential plots; he mixes flowers and herbs with the vegetables, and sometimes includes inedibles.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 18, 2004
Shirley's Sunshine By Shirley DeGrey This is wind weather in La Cañada - not hurricane time, but there is definite movement of leaves, small branches, large branches and total trees from their roots fastened firmly into LCF soil. Seeing a large, leafy tree bend double and sweep the ground is quite a sight. Later in the weather season, those green and golden leaves will have tuend a brilliant yellow, gold, orange and brown, and then they will turn themselves loose from their branches and sail around above our garden plants.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 2004
Spring brings flowers and smiles Looking out our kitchen window on this beautiful light-blue spring morning, there are newly-green trees bouncing their bouncing their branches on the breeze, and this spirit of "get ready, there's action ahead" can be noticed instantly, with blossoms coming and fruit to follow. A row of daffodils folds yellow and orange cups up to the sunshine, and each flower seems to smile. Never mind that the garden around this display is covered with leafless tree branches that will soon be green and looking truly "gardenish."
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2004
Shirley's Sunshine By Shirley DeGrey Looking out our kitchen window on this beautiful light-blue spring morning, there are newly-green trees bouncing their bouncing their branches on the breeze, and this spirit of "get ready, there's action ahead" can be noticed instantly, with blossoms coming and fruit to follow. A row of daffodils folds yellow and orange cups up to the sunshine, and each flower seems to smile. Never mind that the garden around this display is covered with leafless tree branches that will soon be green and looking truly "gardenish."
FEATURES
By Ruth Longoria | February 19, 2009
This week’s Valley Sun All-Star is a leader, role model and skilled artisan. Matt Whitham, 18, a senior at La Cañada High School, is what many who know him consider a “great kid” with a “great personality” and a “great attitude.” Whitham is an Eagle Scout, co-founder of the La Cañada High School engineering club, and hopes to someday become an architect. Whitham was nominated to be an All-Star by one of his scoutmasters at Troop No. 507, Ron Connelly.
BUSINESS
October 5, 2006
John Lautner is recognized as one of the preeminent architects of the 20th century. This unique and architecturally important mid-century three-bedroom, two-bath residence is situated on nearly an acre of private, park-like grounds atop the beautiful community of La Cañada Flintridge. It epitomizes many of Lautner's technical achievements "...and creates a symbiotic relationship between machine and garden." Its features include expansive views from all living spaces; a great room that has a curved window wall around custom built-in seating to create an open, yet intimate area in front of the floor-to-ceiling fireplace; a dining area that looks out through a glass wall and that opens out onto a private covered patio retreat, garden and koi pond; an original ochre-colored concrete floor that extends outside to the patio and walkways; new custom stainless steel kitchen counter tops that are the ideal compliment to the existing woodwork in the kitchen; original exotic wood walls and cabinetry throughout.
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By Jane Napier Neely | April 23, 2009
Has it been hot enough for you this past week? The weather people said it was heating up but at first they didn’t say our area would be breaking April heat records that have stood since the late 1800s. It’s been so hot that even the mocking- birds that buzz-dive my dog Lola have been laying low, not even uttering a squawk. However, I have loved the breakfast and dinner al fresco dining opportunities that the balmy weather brings. For the dinner occasions I had to disturb the cobwebs that the garden spiders had so carefully spun around my barbecue during the winter.
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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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COMMUNITY
February 26, 2014
Ten Years Ago Grocery workers at the La Cañada Vons and Ralphs markets returned to work after joining the majority of their union members in approving a three-year contract that ended the nation's longest grocery strike. Vons, Ralphs and Albertsons gained a victory in getting employees to pay weekly healthcare premiums and in the creation of a two-tiered system that reduced benefits and wages for workers hired after the strike began in October 2003. The United Food and Commercial Workers union touted wins in the areas of future pension payments for existing employees and in maintaining one healthcare fund for employees and retirees.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 2014
The January show at the Sturt Haaga Gallery in Descanso Gardens intimately toys with the bandwidth of botany, allowing the Los Angeles contemporary art scene to play with social media engagement and bend tradition.  At the entry of the gallery's first show of 2014, titled, "Portraits of the Garden," images of native oak trees, flora and the iconic Japanese bridge at Descanso Gardens rotate on an online video installation . Shots were collected...
COMMUNITY
November 26, 2013
Ten Years Ago The La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Assn. set up a “floatique” gift center at the Ralphs Fresh Fare market on Foothill at Gould to raise funds for “Cactus Practice,” its 2004 float entry in the Rose Parade. Items for sale included sweat shirts, T-shirts, pins, patches and other unique items depicting the La Cañada Flintridge float.  Twenty Years Ago The manager of La Cañada's Pizza Hut was threatened by a knife-wielding robber on a Friday morning in November 1993 as he walked to his vehicle en route to the bank with the store's deposit.
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.
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By Sara Cardine | August 28, 2013
For decades, visitors to Descanso Gardens have strolled along winding paths, enjoying garden views as they learn about Southern California flora and marvel at the botanic collections showcased throughout the year. One thing they've not likely given much thought to, however, is the ground beneath their feet - the soil in which Descanso's beauty takes root, the rock that defines the slopes and curves of the 160-acre landscape and the earth that sustains it all. A new exhibit coming to the garden's Sturt Haaga Gallery aims to give visitors a chance to appreciate Descanso from the ground up. From Sept.
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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.
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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.
COMMUNITY
By Jane Napier Neely | July 18, 2013
Flickering lights illuminated Descanso Gardens last Saturday evening as 250 guests enjoyed a new kind of benefit called "Light Up the Night. " Approximately $60,000 was raised during the event. Net proceeds will be used to sustain the 160-acre botanic garden. David Brown, executive director of Descanso Gardens, was on hand to say hello to the casually dressed guests, who were given small flashlights to light their way after the sun went down. It was a movable feast of food and music as guests wandered from venue to venue.
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