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Emina Darakjy as the Chair of our Pasadena Street Tree Committee, was recently honored with the WPRA Community Service Award for 2009. Commended by Vince Farhat, "Emina is known by many as the "Tree Lady" of Pasadena. Her passion for planting trees has increased the shade canopy all over the City. She is proof of 'where there is a will, there is a way'. Her tireless efforts to protect the street trees of Pasadena and defend trees when the need arises, benefits all of us who live in and around Pasadena, and is one of the reasons Pasadena is known throughout California as the 'Tree City'. A protector and supporter of Pasadena’s green spaces, she was green before it was fashionable!"
Wendy, Polly and Andrea spent time in the very weedy triangle where Maple, Eaton and La Tierra meet. Although the ground looked quite dry in April, we were able to pull out many "interlopers." As you can see in the photo, we look like a happy group in spite of the triangle's condition. A message was left for Ana Quintanilla in Public Works to request pick up. In addition to the many weeds, we found trash and some broken glass in the area.
Since these projects started volunteers have helped beautify the Vina Vieja Dog Park, the intersection of Eaton-Maple-La Tierra, the Linda Vista Library garden, San Rafael Park garden, Allendale Library, Senior Center gardens, Central Park, Singer Park and more.
On Saturday, February 28, volunteers will be completing a month long project to restore the gardens of Jackie Robinson Center at 1020 N. Fair Oaks. An important emphasis is to replace all the old inappropriate plants with fresh drought tolerant materials. Its a great way to get in some community service with long lasting results. We help from all quarters. Bring a shovel, your favorite weeder and a pair of gloves.
Here is February 4th's crew post-weeding. Although a small area that looked pretty clean at first glance, there was quite a bit of cleaning to do. We didn't make it into the interior garden. Ana Quintanilla greeted us and brought trash bags. We bagged our own this time. Photo L to R: Andrea Nagata, Julie Russell, William Koelsch, Sylvia Hale.
The PB clean-up group met at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, October 22nd to weed and do a general clean-up at the median triangle bordered by Washington and Glen Streets. This was our Pasadena Beautiful Day project for 2007, and is maturing nicely, but there were many palm seedlings to be tackled. Martyn Belmont, Page Jackson, William Koelsch, Andrea Nagata and Bette Cooper worked diligently for one hour. We were pleased with how much was accomplished. It was a satisfying feeling and we all agreed it was fun and keeping it to one hour is a good idea.
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We would not have been able to accomplish what we did without the help of the City. The whole crew was incredible. I invite all of you to take a detour one day to visit the area. The median is on Washington Blvd. and Glen (near Lincoln Ave.)
Ana Maule and her sister Sosima Eldridge by a California Sycamore Tree planted on July 24 2007 in Brookside Park in memory of their sister Loisa Franco Lopez
Donation Beautifies Street
White crape myrtles donated by Pasadena Beautiful to beautify the median on Fair Oaks between Holly and Walnut.
On Saturday April 14th Pasadena Beautiful Foundation members participated in planting 25 Chitalpa trees on Alegria Street in Upper Hastings Ranch to celebrate Arbor Day. The Chitalpa is a deciduous fast growing tree with abundant compact clusters of white to pink flowers which bloom from May to November. This project was done in partnership with the City of Pasadena and the Pasadena-Foothills Association of Realtors who paid for the trees. The pictures show people gathered around a tree planting demonstration as well as actual plantings by the volunteers. In a couple of pictures you see Wendy Crowley digging while the rest of rest of us are directing !
Then we celebrated Pasadena Beautiful Day on April 21st where we donated a total of 210 various plants in sizes ranging from 1 to five gallons. Emina Darakjy and Beth Calleton man our information table. This project was done in conjunction with Earth Day. The plantings were done all around the Senior center and in front of the main entrance by the volunteer group with City Staff pictured behind our banner. Many thanks to Bette and John Cooper, Tina Fuller, Betsey Tyler, Beth Calleton, Teri Weeks, Lola Osborne, some youngsters from the Northwest Program, a group of young children from the KidsCorps Program, who also put together some flower pots for the Seniors to take home with them. A big Thank you to Ana Quintanilla and her coworkers from the Parks Department who dug the holes, prepared the site and planted with us.
On Tuesday Emina was invited to attend the Senior Center's Board of Directors meeting and was presented with a plaque thanking PBF for choosing the Center as this year's site for Pasadena Beautiful Day. Pictured with Emina is Beth Calleton, President of the Board , and Peggy Buchanan, the new Executive Director of the Center.
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