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Arbor Day 2019

Join us on Saturday to Plant Trees!

PBF funds and individually selects between 2-3 dozen trees each year in conjunction with the City to celebrate Arbor Day.  This is also an opportunity to teach local youth groups the importance, the planting and the care of trees.

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Golden Arrow Awards Ceremony 2018

From the Golden Arrow Award Ceremony held on May 22, 2018 at Westridge School.

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Arbor Day 2018

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Pasadena Beautiful Foundation teamed up with The City of Pasadena Department of Public Works to plant trees in celebration on Arbor Day on March 24, 2018.

Pasadena Beautiful planted a total of twenty 24″ box size trees.

  • 1 Cinnamomum Camphora (Camphor)
  • 1 Magnolia grandiflora (Southern Magnolia)
  • 1 Qercus Agrifolia ( Coast Live Oak)
  • 6 Tabebuia Avellandae (Lavender bloom)
  • 6 Quercus Virginiana (Southern Live Oak)
  • 5 Quercus Engelmanii (Mesa oak)

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Parsons Plant Transplant Project

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The Pasadena Beautiful Foundation has been instrumental in what is expected to be a very successful relocation of numerous plants scheduled for removal from the Ralph Parson’s campus ahead of demolition and redevelopment of the property. Redevelopment of the Parson’s site on West Walnut has been a topic of conversation for the past few years. Late last year Pasadena Beautiful Foundation decided to see what we could do about salvaging some of that plant material . We contacted the developer, Lincoln Properties and were delighted to find a very enthusiastic response to our suggestion.

Pasadena Beautiful then contacted the Pasadena Department of Public Works to enlist their support, and the plan was hatched! Pasadena Beautiful and city representatives from the Parks Division met and walked Parson’s campus to get a good look at the plant material and determine what could be successfully harvested. Suggestions were made for the deployment of the plants in various city parks and library gardens  as well as the city hall complex including police headquarters.

The effort is expected to be accomplished in phases starting in mid February with the relocation of the plant material from Holly Street which is to be extended through to Pasadena Ave. Many of the plants have been transplanted in the courtyard garden at the Hill Street Library garden and its exterior perimeter. Others have been moved to the front entrance of the Central Library. Another portion of the plant material has been deployed to the area around the new facility in Central Park.

The second phase is projected to start in early June with the harvesting of the Walnut and Fair Oaks sides of the block and replant that material in parks and public green spaces throughout the city. Projected sites and ideas are currently being evaluated for potential suitability and sustainability.

A big thank you to Lincoln Properties for their positive support in our efforts to keep Pasadena Beautiful. Also many thanks to Jason Vega, Pasadena Parks Coordinator, and his great team that provided the manpower and equipment to get the task accomplished.

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Arbor Day 2017

Pasadena Beautiful Foundation teamed up with The City of Pasadena Department of Public Works to plant trees in celebration on Arbor Day on March 25, 2017. After a demonstration of the proper technique to plant a tree, volunteers took to nearby streets to plant about 20-25 trees. Pasadena Beautiful Foundation contributed the 24-inch box trees.

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PBF Christmas Party 2016

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PBF Annual Luncheon 2016

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PBF Christmas Party 2015

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PBF Annual Luncheon 2015

Pasadena Beautiful Foundation held it’s annual luncheon at Caltech Atheneum. The event marked the ongoing achievements of the Foundation and its members. Reports were presented by current President, Brooke Larsen Garlock and Treasurer, John Poer.

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Hill Street Library Dedication 2015

The dedication was held at the garden to mark the completion and transformation of the Hill Street library project which was made possible by a grant from the Pasadena Community Foundation. Members of PBF made additional contribution towards the fountain and more plants. PBF members also volunteered with the planting and mulching.

To see pictures of the Hill Street Library project and to learn more, click here.

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Golden Arrow Award Ceremony 2015

This year’s event was again chaired by Nadine Danz and Sally Doll. Golden Arrows were awarded to 36 recipients in recognition of their efforts to beautify their gardens. Ceremony was held on May 27, 2015 at Westridge School.

Click here to see the winning homes

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Top Left: Bob Wolf, Joyce Wolf and Betsey
Top Right: Bette Cooper, Juliet Mitchell and Son
Bottom Left: Adrian Griffith and Chuck
Bottom Right: Kirsten Farley, Mark and Kelly Talt, and Julie Russel

 

 

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GroWorks Project 2015

PBF member, Julie Russell organized this event in collaboration with Learning Works.  PBF bought and donated 13 semi-dwarf citrus trees which were planted at the location on Walnut just down the street from Learning Works by volunteers.

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Mayor’s Tree Dedication

PBF had the privilege of donating a tree to commemorate this event.  Trees were planted in various parks in honor of the longest serving Mayor of Pasadena, Bill Bogaard on April 24, 2015.  The following trees were planted: 

Mayor’s Grove Engelmann Oak at Mayor’s Grove, Camphor at Singer Park, Valley Oak at Sid Tyler’s Park, Palo Verde at Robinson Park, Deodar Cedar at Brookside Park and a Quercus Agrifolia at Jefferson Park.

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Arbor Day 2015

Arbor Day was held Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Allendale Park. Pasadena Beautiful Foundation donated a total of 10 trees for the event. PBF members were on hand to assist with planting of 7 Camphor trees and 3 Jacarandas as well as agaves and senecios.  On hand was the current Mayor of Pasadena, Terry Tornek.

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PBF Annual Luncheon 2014

Pasadena Beautiful Foundation held it’s annual luncheon at Caltech Atheneum on June 17, 2014.  The event marked the outgoing President, Polly Wheaton and the introduction of incoming President, Brooke Larsen Garlock.
Those present included the mayor of Pasadena, Bill Bogaard who gave a speech on the achievements in Pasadena and acknowledged Pasadena Beautiful Foundation’s contribution.  Also, present was Executive Director of Pasadena Community Foundation, Jennifer Fleming DeVoll.

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Golden Arrow Awards Ceremony 2014

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