Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

November, 2013
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Create a Succulent Wreath
Learn how to create beautiful, long-lasting holiday decorations with succulents at a workshop at Descano Gardens on November 16 at 11 a.m. Guy Hernandez will guide students through the process of building a succulent wreath for the home or holiday table. $35 includes materials. Class fee does not include cost of Gardens admission for nonmembers (General $9. Senior/Students $6. Children (5 to 12 years) $4). Registration deadline is Wednesday, Nov. 13. Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge, CA, near the intersection of the 210 and 2 freeways. It is a 20-minute drive from downtown Los Angeles. For more information or to register, go to or call 818-949-4290.

Clever Gardening Technique

Craft 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.

Mext, 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.

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