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.
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.
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.
January 30, 2011 |
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.
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.
HOME & GARDEN
July 17, 2010 |
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.