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August 28, 1986
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has approved a proposal to remodel and expand facilities at Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge. The project will be funded with $200,000 raised by the nonprofit Descanso Gardens Guild Inc., which runs the county facility. Plans call for enlarging Descanso's gift shop and moving its library and administrative offices into remodeled quarters, said Roy Eto, assistant director of the county Department of Arboreta and Botanic Gardens.
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December 3, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
In December, Southern California public gardens aren't so much about what's growing as what's glowing. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont, the Living Desert in Palm Desert and the San Diego Botanic Garden open for nighttime lights or luminaria displays. And Scrooge drops in for weekends at Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge. Here's a list of holiday happenings at these gardens: Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont: Follow the more than 1,000 candle-lighted luminarias along a loop trail in the garden at night on weekends leading up to Christmas.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 1991
The rose beds at Descanso Gardens, one of the county's premier floral attractions, will be uprooted and replanted over the next 18 months as part of a major renovation plan. The five acres of rose beds at the county-owned gardens in La Canada Flintridge were planted in 1948 and are largely dying and diseased.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 2013 | By Jack Leonard
As hummingbirds hovered nearby, friends and relatives gathered in Descanso Gardens late Wednesday to remember a young couple believed to have been murdered nearly three decades ago by a man who evaded police while pretending to be a member of the Rockefeller family. John and Linda Sohus, who vanished in early 1985, were meant to be together, their friends said at the botanical gardens in La Ca ñ ada Flintridge, recounting how the couple shared a love for science fiction and a deep affection for each other.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 1997 | HECTOR TOBAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 39-year-old man was stabbed to death and another man was injured Friday during a fight outside the tranquil confines of the Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge. The stabbing came on the eve of Descanso Gardens' annual Festival of Flowers, scheduled to begin today. The site, known for its collection of camellias, roses and other flowers, is one of the nation's premier floral attractions.
NEWS
July 1, 1993
New officers for the Descanso Gardens Guild were installed this month to manage and direct the facility it took over from Los Angeles County in January. Descanso Gardens was one of the four county arboretums given the option of being handed over to the administration of local guilds or to the county's Parks and Recreation Department because of budget cuts last year. The county's Department of Arboreta and Botanical Gardens has since been dissolved.
NEWS
April 1, 1989 | ELIZABETH CHRISTIAN
Yes, the camellias are lovely--big as trees and dense as a forest, with blossoms the size of saucers. And so are the lilacs. Their elegant fragrance beckons from a hundred yards away, huge clusters of their lavender flowers towering over the winding path. But the stars, the real centerpiece, of Descanso Gardens' annual spring show, which opens today, are the tulips. Countless numbers of them--2,000 bulbs in one rather small bed alone. Every color you can imagine and some you can't.
NEWS
April 24, 1986 | DENISE HAMILTON, Times Staff Writer
Walk with Dorothy Pool through Descanso Gardens and you will feel the rhythm of a green, growing world, an ancient place that rustles and creeps and drips undisturbed by concrete and steel. "See this, this is elderberry," Pool told a group of women with name tags as she pointed to a tree-like shrub that wound around a wire fence. "Indians called it the tree of music. They made flutes out of it," she said. The women hung on to her every word.
HOME & GARDEN
April 22, 2010 | Veronique de Turenne, Special to the Los Angeles Times
There's nothing shy about spring in Descanso Gardens, that unexpected Eden tucked into the stony foothills of La Cañada Flintridge. Visit now and every inch of its 150 acres appears to be in bloom. From the small, spare flowers of the strawberry plants that hug the ground in the edible garden, to the showy swaths of azaleas and crab apples and camellias, the place is ablaze with color. Oaks and sycamores tower over the paths, a leafy canopy filled with birds. Bees hum. Dragonflies hover.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 1995
Former owner and Daily News Publisher E. Manchester Boddy named these 60 acres at 1418 Descanso Drive in La Canada Flintridge his Rancho del Descanso--or Rest Ranch--when he bought the property in 1937. There are sunlit expanses, shady walkways, gardens, streams and waterfalls.
NEWS
March 28, 2013 | By Craig Nakano
Scott Daigre, organizer of Tomatomania!, expects bigger things from his annual pop-up sales, which last year sold upward of 50,000 tomato plants. He paused during Tomatomania! in Encino last week to talk about what's new this year: a growing buzz for blue tomatoes, the most novel novelties among about 140 varieties of heirlooms and rare hybrids that he sells. We asked Daigre to explain the story behind the new blues for this edited Q&A. What's with the blue tomatoes? It's just what people are talking about in tomatoes right now. It's novel, appearing more and more.
NEWS
November 4, 2012
Is there a lilac that can flourish in Southern California and still have the scent of East Coast lilacs? That was the question that came into our Garden Clinic from reader John A. Zaia of Arcadia. For an answer, we turned to someone well-versed in hot inland locales: Alan Uchida, third-generation nurseryman at Bellefontaine Nursery , which his family has run in Pasadena since 1939. Uchida's answer: Lilacs are wonderful performers in the Southland and can deliver fragrant blooms, even without an East Coast chill.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2011
EVENTS Culinary Workshop: Biblical Lands Explore the vibrant cultural and culinary tradition of the eastern Mediterranean in a workshop that complements the Getty Villa's current exhibition, "In Search of Biblical Lands: From Jerusalem to Jordan in Nineteenth-century Photography. " Prepare a meal combining Old and New World ingredients and then share it as it may have been enjoyed by 19th century explorers in the Holy Land. Open to 16 participants. Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 2011
Blooming cherry blossoms are celebrated all over the world as harbingers of spring, especially in Japan, where the delicate flowers symbolize the fleeting nature of life. Descanso Gardens welcomes spring and the sakura with a Japanese-themed Cherry Blossom Festival featuring traditional tea ceremonies, cooking demonstrations, horticultural lectures, nature walks, cherry tree sales and bento box lunches. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
TRAVEL
January 30, 2011 | By Jane Engle, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
With Valentine's Day two weeks away, hotels are romancing travelers' pocketbooks with Champagne, chocolates, flowers and more. Hand over hundreds for a special package, and it's all yours. Who said money can't buy love? For Southern Californians with more imagination than funds, here's my valentine to you: four romantic, affordable day trips. Hearts and flowers: Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge. You bring the hearts, they bring the flowers: one of the largest collections of camellias in North America.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 27, 2010
MOVIES Brian May and Elena Vidal 3-D movies seem to be Hollywood's new obsession, so it's easy to forget that the underlying technology is more than 150 years old. The authors of "A Village Lost and Found" will remind viewers with a 3-D presentation of the new picture book, which explores a series of stereoscopic photographs taken in a small English village in the 1850s. Downtown Independent , 251 S. Main St., L.A. 7 p.m. $20. (213) 617-1033. www.downtownindependent.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 1991
They weren't exactly Heroes on a Half Shell, but to the third-graders from Daniel Webster Elementary School in Pasadena on Friday, 50 transplanted turtles from the Los Angeles Zoo were a fair substitute for the Teenage Mutant Ninja variety. The turtles--of the red-eared slider, painted and soft-shelled varieties--were released into a lake at Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge. They were refugees from the zoo's Swan Lake, which is being drained and filled in to conserve water.
NEWS
March 24, 1990 | BILL SIDNAM
Today marks the beginning of a monthlong celebration devoted entirely to beauty: The Festival of Spring Flowers at Descanso Gardens. The festival begins with the Pasadena Garden Club's two-day flower show and continues through April 22 when the San Fernando Valley Rose Society holds its annual rose show and sale. According to George Lewis, Descanso Gardens superintendent-horticulturist, the festival is one of the world's greatest flower shows.
HOME & GARDEN
July 17, 2010 | By Mary MacVean, Los Angeles Times
It's magical to walk among the century-old oak trees and the thousands of camellias that take shelter under them in Descanso Gardens, a chance even now, when the flowers are not in bloom, to gaze wide-eyed at the glories of the planet. But however pleasing, it turns out to be one lousy pairing for the trees and the flowers. Descanso has decided it's time for a breakup, based on irreconcilable differences. Many of the cherished camellias will be relocated as part of a new 237-page long-range plan that makes Descanso a model for sustainability and guides decisions for years to come about what to plant and where to plant it. Camellias, which need water year round, will be moved away from dry-dependent oaks, but that's just a start.
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