Altadena Heritage is a nonprofit volunteer-based advocacy organization dedicated to protecting, preserving, and raising awareness of our foothill community’s rich architectural, environmental, and cultural heritage.
Growing Subtropical and Unusual Fruit in Altadena
Third Thursday – Online Event
January 21, 2021, 7 – 8 pm
Fruit Enthusiast, Steve Hofvendahl, will discuss his experience with odd and rare fruit. Want to know the difference between White, Black, Chico and Mamey Sapotes? (Hint: none are related to each other). From exotic mangoes to upstate New York pawpaws and from vining kiwis to multi leading guavas (all 3 kinds of guavas), etc — he’ll share the failures, surprise successes and valuable lessons learned in the 20 years of his Altadena fruit growing experiment.
Steve Hofvendahl is an actor, Master Gardener, and was the Nursery Manager and Fruit Tree Kahuna at TreePeople for eleven years (where with help from Lora Hall he administered the successful distribution of over 50,000 fruit trees to Los Angeles County Angelinos).
Celebrate Altadena – Holiday Auction
We held an auction of items created by people in Altadena.
Many thanks to everyone who kindly donated an item, and congratulations to the winning bidders.
We raised over $1600 for Altadena Heritage.
Altadena Heritage asked a number of local authors and poets to tell us what Altadena means to them. The results are wonderfully varied and diverse views of our local community – from a refuge to return to after a tough day in LA, a place to watch the seasons change, a place to seek peace and nature and a place of rich diversity and sense of place. Five of our current and recent Altadena Poet Laureates are represented as well as novelists and historians. We hope you enjoy their Odes to Altadena.
ONLINE TREE WORKSHOP THREE
Tree Planting Demonstration
This is the third of three Saturday morning Tree Workshops.
Dr. Jerrold Turney goes over the proper planting depth, staking, watering in, mulching, and more. Learn to plant your tree like a pro and give your tree a great foundation for thriving in your garden.
ONLINE TREE WORKSHOP TWO
Tree Pruning and Tree Care
Dr. Jerrold Turney teaches us the right way to prune trees and care for our trees. Pruning your tree properly can promote the tree’s health, make it resistant to diseases, and stimulate structurally secure branching. Training a young tree with the correct pruning cuts is especially important as this will help your tree grow into an attractive mature specimen that is less prone to failure. Your tree may even live longer. Dr. Turney also tells us how to care for our new trees to get them off to a great start and how to care for our mature trees.
ONLINE TREE WORKSHOP ONE
Right Tree, Right Place – Tree Selection and Siting
If you are thinking of getting a tree for your property, this workshop is for you. This is the first of three Saturday morning Tree Workshops held in conjunction with our free tree giveaway.
Dr. Jerrold Turney, tree expert and plant pathologist, describes many, if not all, of the species on our giveaway tree list.
This workshop will help you choose the best places on your property to plant a tree and the best tree for that location.
Golden Poppy Awards 2020
Well 2020 just wasn’t like other years! With Covid-19 closing all public meetings, Altadena Heritage took the Golden Poppies online for the first time ever. We ‘zoomed’ the event to our members and were joined online by over 70 households who were “sheltering at home” together. Our 2020 winners were even more accommodating than usual, allowing us to film their gardens and record interviews, which were compiled into short video presentations that can be found here on the website. Michele Zack introduced the winners and Val Zavala moderated a short Q&A with each. Savannah Moore from Kathryn Bargers office, presented LA County Certificates of recognition and Chairman Sharon Sand looked forward to seeing everyone again in person next year!
Gil & Joan Acosta
2951 Santa Rosa Avenue
Maita Prout and WIll Gaskill
2787 Highview Avenue
2122 Grand Oaks Avenue
Taylor Jacobson & John Knuth
471 W. Mariposa Street