Save-the-Date Annual Joint Meeting - February 6, 2019

Please note our annual joint meeting with the Pasadena Garden Club and the Diggers is early this year. It's Wednesday, February 6 at the Huntington Library in Rothenberg Hall at 11 am. Our speaker is Dr. Ari Novy, recently appointed President & CEO of San Diego Botanic Garden and Chief Scientist at Leichtag Foundation. Novy was formerly Executive Director of the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, DC. and has just moved to Southern California. Dr. Novy is a plant biologist with degrees from New York University and Rutgers University. He remains an active researcher, holding research appointments at the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC and Universi

YOUR NEXT FRONT YARD at the Larchmont Farmers Market

Thanks to Wendy Guzin, Carolyn Bennett and Ginger Lincoln who joined me at the Larchmont Farmers Market Sunday, December 2, 2018. We passed out our wonderful "Your Next Front Yard booklet" to dozens of interested neighbors. The booklet can also be found at several stores along the boulevard including Chevalier's Books, Pickett Fences, Trina Turk, Buck Mason and Landis Gifts and Stationery.

Weeding the New Garden at Fire Station 29

Julie Grist and Michaela Burschinger worked alongside a great crew of six enthusiastic firefighters weeding the newly installed garden at Fire Station 29 this past Thursday. "We did a whole lot of weeding between 9-10:30 and filled four large bags with weeds and refuse," said Julie. Julie reported the plants are growing in well - only one died so far. The showy Firecracker Penstemon is blooming bright red, the white yarrow and red lantana are also flowering already. When the blue ceonothus starts blooming it will truly be a red-white-blue garden. The fire crew was very interested in learning as much as they could about the various plants and we are devising a schedule for them to do regul

Foraged Holiday Flora

Floral designer Louesa Roebuck's demonstration at our November meeting was so compelling that I followed up with her for this story on holiday florals that was posted on Christmas eve is finally here. We are preparing our traditional family dinner but decided to do something non-traditional for our holiday florals. Instead of buying industrial farmed poinsettia plants, the ubiquitous symbol of the Christmas holidays, we were inspired by Louesa Roebuck to forage for our holiday florals in our yard. Roebuck is a floral designer who started her professional life at Chez Panisse where she developed a deep sense of the importance of sustainable food which she continues in her fl


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