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By Jake Armstrong | March 19, 2004
Once considered to be a celebration of water, the landscaping at the Crescenta Valley Water District's headquarters will soon tout the benefits of conservation. Workers this week will put the final touches on the district's drought-tolerant garden, which will highlight California native plants that do not require much water. According to one hydrology expert, most homeowners typically over-water their lawns by as much a 6 feet per year. With the Crescenta Valley in its fifth consecutive drier-than-normal year, the district plans to use the garden to educate its customers on how native plants can help save resources and be cost effective.
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By Riley Hooper | May 19, 2010
Karen and Peter Veloz are living in sustainable luxury in the hills of Glendale. About two years ago, with the help of FormLA, a Los Angeles landscape design company that focuses on sustainability, they ripped out their back lawn and put in hardscapes amid a landscape of California-native plants. The concept behind the design was to create outdoor living spaces, Karen Veloz said, and so the backyard features outdoor seating areas, a fire pit, barbecue and bar, wine cellar and infinity spa pool, or “spool.
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April 27, 2007
The Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants is offering classes about California native plants "from the ground up." The foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the understanding and preservation of California native flora. California Native Plant Horticulture is on Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will cover information about California native plants from the ground up. This valuable introductory class covers the following topics: the true definition of a native plant, why natives are valuable, plant communities, plan requirements, the time it takes to get a plant established in a garden, planting details, pruning, irrigation, maintenance and where to see and buy native plants.
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February 9, 2007
The Historical Society of the Crescenta Valley will present "Chumash Healing in Your Modern Healthcare." Join Cecilia Garcia, Chumash healer and spiritual leader, along with Jim Adams, associate professor of pharmacology at the USC School of Pharmacology, for a lively workshop-style presentation on healing with native plants. Discover the secrets of how Native Americans used plants in the healing process for thousands of years along with the scientific findings supporting their effectiveness.
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By Erna Taylor-Stark | April 25, 2008
On what turned out to be an incredibly hot spring day on April 12, the season?s garden tour circuit was officially launched with the 5th Annual Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour. The goal of the Theodore Payne Foundation, located in Sun Valley, is to promote and restore California landscapes and habitats while educating the public on California native plants and wildflowers. Perhaps the warm weather was fortuitous in that it underscored the need to return to California native plants in home gardens in the Southland.
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December 5, 2008
Girl Scouts’ ‘Green Saturday’ is Dec. 6 This Saturday, Dec. 6, hundreds of Girl Scouts from the greater Los Angeles area will be participating in “Green Saturday,” a service opportunity that will include numerous environmentally-themed community service projects and activities. Local scouts will be focusing on plant beautification of the Montrose Program Center, also known as the “Scout House,” at 2732 Montrose Ave. Crescenta Valley Girl Scout Troop 9261 is organizing the activity as part of their Silver Award Project.
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By Katherine Gould | December 10, 2004
It started out as a lesson about California and turned into a peaceful prayer garden at St. James the Less Catholic School. Third-grade teacher Eva Garcia wanted to teach her students about California's environment and native plants as the students learned about the state's history, said Principal David Burroughs. Garcia's effort to teach about native plants coincided with Burroughs' desire to create a garden out of a barren strip of dirt that ru ns alongside several of the school's classrooms.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Grace Farag | March 24, 2006
The Theodore Payne Foundation's third annual garden tour will take place April 1 and 2 this year, showcasing 31 private and public gardens throughout the Los Angeles Basin. One of those gardens belongs to Eric and Elisa Callow of La Cañada Flintridge, and they are pleased to be a part of the tour for the second year in a row. "It's fun," Elisa Callow said. "Garden people in general are people who enjoy themselves." She adds that the people who attend are often very knowledgeable, so there is a lot of tip-swapping and advice-giving.
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By Mary O'Keefe | April 6, 2007
Reports warn that this will be the driest and hottest summer in California's history. In March 2006, the Crescenta Valley rainfall average was 4.8 inches; this year it was .27 inches according to the local weather station at Crescenta Valley Water District. "We have had a lot of hot weather, a lot of cold weather and a lot of windy weather," said Bill Patzert an oceanographer at JPL in La Cañada. "What we haven't had is rainy weather." Rainfall levels have been dropping for a few years; from October 2004 to September 30, 2005, CVWD recorded 53.76 inches of rainfall; from Oct. 2005 to Sept.
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By Megan O'Neil; megan.oneil@latimes.com | July 27, 2011
A flare-up of non-native growth in Deukmejian Wilderness Park is causing concern among naturalists trying to shepherd the popular North Glendale site to a full post-Station fire recovery. The 709-acre park was laid bare by the Station fire, which ripped through the foothills in August 2009. But with the destruction came certain opportunities. Glendale's Community Services and Parks Department staff last year planted 50 big-cone spruce trees. “The whole foothill area used to have a lot of big cone spruce in it, but it was logged in the late 1800s,” said park development project manager John Pearson.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Riley Hooper | May 19, 2010
Karen and Peter Veloz are living in sustainable luxury in the hills of Glendale. About two years ago, with the help of FormLA, a Los Angeles landscape design company that focuses on sustainability, they ripped out their back lawn and put in hardscapes amid a landscape of California-native plants. The concept behind the design was to create outdoor living spaces, Karen Veloz said, and so the backyard features outdoor seating areas, a fire pit, barbecue and bar, wine cellar and infinity spa pool, or “spool.
NEWS
By Ruth Longoria | July 4, 2009
LA CRESCENTA — Two Strike Park has a new addition to the landscape this summer in the form of some eye-catching murals. Brianne Johnson, 15, a member of La Crescenta’s Girl Scout Troop No. 290, recently completed her Gold Award project, which included the creation of Two Strike Park’s new pond and garden, as well as a series of colorful and informative murals. The murals, which also serve to educate the public on native plants, were temporarily placed on the outer walls of the park’s restroom facilities last week, and that’s where they will hang permanently once the Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation Department procures the necessary protective glass and frames.
FEATURES
May 15, 2009
When he grows up, 12-year-old Johnny Blood wants to work for the CIA or the FBI because, he said, “I love this country.” The Rosemont Middle School seventh grader also loves his community, as evidenced by the many projects he has participated in and is currently organizing to motivate other youths and help beautify the Crescenta Valley. Blood — a soon-to-be Eagle Scout — is this week’s CV Sun All-Star. “I’m very impressed with Johnny; he’s such a neat kid,” said Crescenta Valley Town Council President Steve Pierce.
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December 5, 2008
Girl Scouts’ ‘Green Saturday’ is Dec. 6 This Saturday, Dec. 6, hundreds of Girl Scouts from the greater Los Angeles area will be participating in “Green Saturday,” a service opportunity that will include numerous environmentally-themed community service projects and activities. Local scouts will be focusing on plant beautification of the Montrose Program Center, also known as the “Scout House,” at 2732 Montrose Ave. Crescenta Valley Girl Scout Troop 9261 is organizing the activity as part of their Silver Award Project.
NEWS
By Erna Taylor-Stark | April 25, 2008
On what turned out to be an incredibly hot spring day on April 12, the season?s garden tour circuit was officially launched with the 5th Annual Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour. The goal of the Theodore Payne Foundation, located in Sun Valley, is to promote and restore California landscapes and habitats while educating the public on California native plants and wildflowers. Perhaps the warm weather was fortuitous in that it underscored the need to return to California native plants in home gardens in the Southland.
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By Susan Stefun | April 11, 2008
Admonitions of global warming, over-consumption of and reliance on fossil fuels and related subjects have galvanized local moms to create the Green Team. The team tackles topics of conservation and ways to employ methods to reduce stress on Mother Earth. At the core of the Green Team are six young mothers hoping to raise community awareness of environmental issues. Cathy Schecter, Vicky Hebert, Janet Greninger, Susan Madruca, Dorothy Eriksen and Cindy Cordes banded together about a year ago with a common goal of ?
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By RUTH SOWBY | March 12, 2008
Arbor Day was celebrated in style by Glendale Beautiful and the city’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department on March 4 at the Casa Adobe de San Rafael. The late Ginger Bremberg , former Glendale mayor, was recognized with a tree to be planted in her honor. Bremberg had been given a life membership since joining Glendale Beautiful in 1979. Also recognized by the planting of trees was Nancy Kochi (very much present), honored by the Glendale Soroptimists; and the late Frances Devine , mother of Art Devine , honored by the Devine family.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 17, 2007
Native Plants ? 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Aug. 25. Discover the science and art of garden maintenance. Keep your garden healthy and looking good. How to diagnose cultural issues (too much water, or not enough?) as well as identify some common pests and diseases. $35 for members, $45 for nonmembers. To reserve, call 768-1802. Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants, 10459 Tuxford Street, Sun Valley. ? Ice Cream Social ? 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday. The Glendale library celebrates its centennial anniversary with an old-fashioned ice cream social.
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