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What Villa Parke Community Garden Will Look Like

Architect Glen Dake has created a modernist-looking design for the community garden at Villa Parke Community Center, for which Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy is the city’s official community partner and a major supporter. The following pages show the designs for the main garden of raised beds, which will be located – for security purposes – on the second floor outdoor patio of the center. In addition, the designer has created a “Head Start Garden” to serve the families of Villa Parke’s 100
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Community Garden at the Villa Parke

Things are shaping up quickly at the new Community Garden at the Villa Parke Community Center - our city's first public community garden - set serve 30 low-income, mostly Spanish-speaking families in Northwest Pasadena, and more than 100 Head Start pupils and their families. This new garden should be open and operating just a few weeks after the Christmas holidays. And the donors of the Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy are among its major supporters - in a unique project funded by
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Save The Date! – Garden Party, Seeds of Transformation

Photo Credit: Pasadena Heritage Please save the date of April 5, 2014, for a fundraising Garden Party, Seeds of Transformation, at one of Pasadena's masterpieces of architecture designed by Arthur S. and Alfred Heineman, the 1913 James Freeman House, located in the Oak Knoll District. PCGC is grateful to Michael Schneickert and Karen Otamura, who have presided over a meticulous restoration of this English-style Arts and Crafts home, with its five Batchelder tile fireplaces, intricate woodwork, and Judson Studio art
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Harvard U. Digs Up a Lawn for a Community Garden

For folks who travel regularly to Boston or Cambridge, Massachusetts, it’s been a rewarding and exciting experience to watch Harvard University transform part of a boring and unproductive expanse of green turf lawn in front of Lowell House, a student residence hall, into a community garden. This raised-bed garden truly shows the transformation that can be accomplished when an institution reevaluates an old value – a perfect lawn. When you consider the huge amount of water and chemicals it takes to
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Just 9 Months From Forming, the Conservancy Makes Grants to 5 Groups

Above: All the flowers in this lovely basket – one of 20 purchased by the Conservancy for our fall fundraising dinner – were grown at John Muir High School and assembled by student gardeners; the $30 Muir Ranch charges for each table arrangement goes to support this great program. Having formed in July 2012, the Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy was able to organize, raise funds, and issue $7,000 in grants after just nine months. In March 2013, we announced a total of
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Farmers’ Markets Every Day of the Week

One of the best things about the Pasadena area – really about California in general – is our year-round farmers’ markets. Aside from gardening, they are the next-best way to keep fit, enjoy the outdoors, and be around fresh locally-grown produce. Two faves are South Pasadena on Thursday nights – for Japanese vegetables, prepared Indian food, rotisserie chicken and salsa from the Grillmasters truck, and great heirloom tomatoes – and Villa Park on Tuesday mornings. Villa Park vendors have beautiful, and
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The Conservancy Was Inspired by Public Health Dir. Eric Walsh

In featured photo: L to R, bottom row: Susan Kranwinkle, Marilyn Brumder, Halaine Rose. Top row: Dr. Holt Rose, Susan Osen, Dr. Eric Walsh, Eileen Read, Jessica Korzenecki, George Brumder. The 30-plus community leaders who created the Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy have been greatly influenced by Dr. Eric Walsh, our city’s Director of Public Health, in focusing our philanthropy on our city’s “food desert” areas. A group of The Conservancy’s founders met with Dr. Walsh n November 2012, to seek his views on
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PCGC Visits Art Center’s Garden

Eighteen Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy supporters spent part of February 25, 2013, as guests of Art Center College of Design President Lorne Buchman, visiting Art Center’s community garden. Two of our supporters are Heidrun Mumper-Drumm, Director of Sustainable Design at Art Center, and Linda Estrada, Director of Transportation and Sustainability. They showed us around the two-year-old garden, which is open to faculty and students. President Buchman addressed our group, emphasizing how important sustainability is to the core mission of Art
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Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy Announces Grants To Five Community Groups

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Feb. 25, 2013 Media Contact: Eileen Read, [email protected]; 202.641.0779

Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy

Announces Grants To Five Community Groups

PASADENA, CA, Feb. 25, 2013 – The Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy today announced that it has awarded $7,000 in grants supporting community-based organizations that expand public and student access to and knowledge of gardening, particularly fruit and vegetable gardening, in Pasadena. The grant recipients include: Arlington Garden, La Casita Del Arroyo, the Muir Ranch student community
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