Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

November, 2006
Regional Report

Clever Gardening Technique

Garden-Inspired Candles
Decorate candles with flowers and foliage that you've grown and pressed yourself. Place small flowers, leaves, and vines between paper towels, and weigh them down with a heavy book overnight. Pieces should be limp but not moist or crispy. Use a glue stick to tack them into place on candles. Mix and match colors, or use white candles to highlight the colors of the flowers and leaves.

Then, In an empty coffee can tall enough to hold the candle, melt six cakes of paraffin by setting the coffee can in a pan of boiling water. Dip the candle, with its tacked-on flowers and leaves, into the liquid paraffin, and hold it or set it upright until cool. Dip again if a thicker coating is desired.

Shows & Events

Holiday Wreath-Making
Learn techniques to create beautiful decorations from fresh evergreens, pinecones, ribbon, and ornaments at Descanso Gardens, Thursday, December 7, 6 to 9 p.m. Bring gloves, scissors, pruning shears, wire cutters, and pliers, and dress to get messy! Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada. Preregistration required: $55 for adult nonmembers, $50 for adult members. For more info, call (818) 949-7980.

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