Photos: Edible living arrangements at Pasadena’s Urban Homestead

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In the middle of the bustle of Pasadena lies the Urban Homestead, a self-reliant oasis for Jules Dervaes and his adult children, Anais, Justin and Jordanne.
The family lives and works on the property, where a tenth of an acre is devoted to gardening.
The average home-sized spot has yielded more than 5,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables annually for the past two years. It boasts more than 400 different types of produce, as well as nearly 2,000 chicken and duck eggs and 25 pounds of honey, which is sold to local restaurants, caterers and other clients and also finds its way to the Dervaes’ table.
Read more by reporter Michelle J. Mills in Rose Magazine, at the interactive link below, plus lots of photos after the jump:

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Five years in bloom: Arlington Garden to celebrate on Saturday

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An anniversary celebration on Saturday will mark Arlington Garden’s five years in the community.
The property, which is owned by Caltrans, was once the site of an opulent, 17,000-square-foot mansion that was built in 1901 and then demolished in the 1960s.
The 3-acre lot at one point was poised to become a staging area for 710 freeway construction crews.
But after standing vacant for 40 years, Charles and Betty McKenney had a different idea about what the land could be used for: a garden. City officials banded together with neighbors, local schools and dozens of donors and volunteers to make the garden a reality.
Image: Chuck McKenney, in 2007, with his wife Betty, who came up with the idea to create a garden on an empty Caltrans-owned 3-acre lot at the northwest corner of Arlington Street and Pasadena Avenue. Neighbors helped with the landscaping and plantings, including 50 orange trees. (File photo)

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Weekend guide: All the Doo Dah day; South Pasadena turns up the volume; and the Homestead Museum takes you back in time

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Saturday, May 1
  • Doo Dah Parade
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It’s that time again; Pull your crazy hat out of the closet for the 34th occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade. It’s the best free fun you could imagine, and by fun we mean hanging with the zaniest of the Pasadena underground as they shed their inhibitions (Ed. note: Did they have any?) kinda like your crazy aunt Margie did that one time after imbibing too much sherry on Thanksgiving. On Doo Dah day, they’re not-so-underground anymore, invading the normally-staid Pasadena streets in the form of more than 1,000 marchers, each of them wearing their wacky, wacky hearts on their sleeves. Take in your perennial favorites like the Men of Leisure and the BBQ & Hibachi Marching Grill Team along with the regal new Queen Erica Valentine, the Electric Squirrels, Martinis in the Morning and the Howdy Krishna. This year, the parade moves eastward for the first time in its colorful history.
Saturday, 11 a.m., kick-off at Colorado Boulevard between Sierra Madre and San Gabriel boulevards, free, (626) 590-1134, pasadenadoodahparade.info, live-streaming at doodahlive.com

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Beauty in common: Roses and the Arts and Crafts movement

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Hot Cocoa, Strike It Rich, About Face and Betty Boop.
Feel free to judge a rose by its name — yes, those names above really belong to rose varietals — when rose hybrid master Tom Carruth delivers an illuminating lecture this weekend on “Roses and the Arts and Crafts Movement.”
Presented by Friends of The Gamble House, the second installment of its 2009-2010 lecture series highlights the work of Carruth, director of research at Weeks Roses in Pomona.
He will discuss the enduring symbol of the rose as it intertwines with the Arts and Crafts movement, and will share the secrets and future of rose hybridizing.
Pasadena is known as the “City of Roses,” and it earned this floral distinction for a reason. In his lecture, Carruth explains why the city is one of the best in the nation for rose gardening and suggests low-maintenance roses for our climate.
The Arts and Crafts movement of the late 19th and early 20th century was inspired by the writings of John Ruskin and a romantic ideal of the craftsman taking pride in personal handiwork.

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The rose — an enduring symbol of the romantic notions of the movement — is present in works such as William Morris textiles, stylized Charles Rennie Mackintosh furnishings and the “cottage” garden designs of Gertrude Jekyll.
Roses, like designs of the time, are carefully crafted and are seen as timeless symbols of an era of expert craftsmanship.
“Roses and the Art and Crafts Movement,” Saturday, Jan. 23, noon, Art Center College of Design, Ahmanson Auditorium, 1700 Lida St., members $20, general $25, students $15 Tickets: 626-793-3334, Ext. 52, www.gamblehouse.org or at the door.
(Photos courtesy Friends of The Gamble House. At top, Julia Child rose hybrid. Below, Wild Blue Yonder rose hybrid.)

In the garden: Lessons and leisure, as nature intended

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LOS ANGELES COUNTY ARBORETUM AND BOTANIC GARDEN
301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-3222

  • Tuesday, Sept. 8: Basic watercolor and graphite pencil lessons, including application and techniques for botanical illustration. The ongoing series starts Tuesday, Sept. 8, and continues for three more weeks (Sept. 15, 22 and 29). 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. $180 members/$195 non-members. Pre-registration required; (626) 821-4623

DESCANSO GARDENS
1418 Descanso Drive, La Caada Flintridge. (818) 949-4200

  • Thursday, Sept. 3: Patina wine tasting, Spanish surprises, The Boddy House, 6-8:30 p.m., Sept. 3. $49-$54, large appetizers chosen to compliment the wines. (818) 790-3663

  • Friday, Sept. 11: Pasadena POPS and “Genius Loves Company.” The POPS will perform some spectacular pieces guaranteed to spike your IQ. Gates at 5:30 p.m., concert at 7:30 p.m. $20-$90. Tickets: www.theorchestras.org or (626) 793-7172

HOME TOURS

  • Sunday, Oct. 4: Pasadena American Society of Interior Designers 23rd Annual Home and Kitchen Tour showcases five unique homes in Pasadena and Arcadia, with kitchens from five diverse designers; 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 4. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 day of the tour and include a map to each home. (800) 237-2634

– Compiled by Linda Fields Gold

In the garden: Lessons and leisure, as nature intended

ARBORETUM
301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-3222

  • Saturday: A Square-Foot Gardening Workshop explores the technique of more intensive and multi-level gardening, using 1/5 the space of a conventional garden and less water and energy; 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Aug. 22, in the Oak Room. $25. There is no tilling of the soil; included are lessons on setup, planting, watering, growing vertically, pest control and harvesting. Register at (626) 821-4623.

  • Saturday: Broadway’s Best with the Cal Phil Orchestra, 7:30-10 p.m. Aug. 22. Tickets start at $20. (626) 300-8200 or www.calphil.org

DESCANSO GARDENS
1418 Descanso Drive, La Caada Flintridge. (818) 949-4200

  • Thursday: Wine tasting, For Heaven’s Sake!, Minka Terrace, 6-8:30 p.m., Thursday. $49-$54, large appetizers chosen to compliment the wines. (818) 790-3663.

  • Friday: Summer Night Walk with senior docent Jim Jackson, who leads this leisurely evening walk, giving botanical and historic highlights; 7:15 p.m. Friday. $15. Register at (818) 949-7980.

HUNTINGTON LIBRARY, ART COLLECTIONS, AND BOTANICAL GARDENS
1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100

  • Saturday: Art of Flower Arranging, 10 a.m.-noon, Aug. 22. Designers from Flower Duet will teach a workshop, using flowers from Australia to create modern floral arrangements; participants will take home their own arrangement. $85. Register at (626) 405-2128.

  • Saturday & Sunday: Southwest Chamber Music Summer Festival, final summer concerts includes selections by Aaron Copland, Alexandra de Bois, and Franz Schubert; 7:30 p.m., Aug. 22 and 23. Loggia seating, $45; lawn admission $28. Pre-concert dinners available, $55. (800) 726- 7147 or www.swmusic.org

HOME TOURS

  • Sunday, Oct. 4: Pasadena American Society of Interior Designers 23rd Annual Home and Kitchen Tour showcases five unique homes in Pasadena and Arcadia, with kitchens from five diverse designers; 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 4. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 day of the tour and include a map to each home. (800) 237-2634

– Compiled by Linda Fields Gold

In the garden: Lessons and leisure, as nature intended

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LOS ANGELES COUNTY ARBORETUM AND BOTANIC GARDEN
301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-3222

  • Saturday: Aloes, Agaves and Pears, Oh My! This family fun class reveals how certain plants survive hot weather. Afterwards, participants will make container gardens; 10 a.m. to noon, Aug. 15. Individuals are $6; families are $20. Class fees include garden admission; pre-registration required, (626) 821-4623, and class closes at 5 p.m. Aug 14.

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  • Saturday and Sunday: Inter-City Cactus Show and Sale 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 15 and 16. Hundreds of plants will be on display; lots of plants and related materials will be available for purchase. Included with admission of $8; $6 seniors.

DESCANSO GARDENS
1418 Descanso Drive, La Caada Flintridge. (818) 949-4200

  • Friday and Saturday: Star-Crossed Love with the Pasadena Pops, featuring music from star-crossed lovers, from Romeo and Juliet to Superman and Lois; 7:30 p.m. Aug. 14 and 15. Dinner from Patina, (818) 790-3663 or www.patinagroup.com/descanso. Tickets for music are $20-$90 and available (626) 793-7172 or www.theorchestras.org. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.; picnics are permitted.

  • Thursday, Aug. 20: Wine tasting For Heaven’s Sake!, Minka Terrace, 6-8:30 p.m. Aug. 20. $49-$54, large appetizers chosen to compliment the wines. (818) 790-3663.

HUNTINGTON LIBRARY, ART COLLECTIONS, AND BOTANICAL GARDENS
1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100

  • Wednesday: The Legend of Pancho Barnes This documentary film follows the career of aviation pioneer Florence Lowe from San Marino deb to stunt pilot; 7 p.m. Wednesday. Friends’ Hall. Free.

– Compiled by Linda Fields Gold