Golden Poppy 2017 Awards Celebrated at Green Man Lodge

A Spring Garden Celebration and Awards

More than 130 people gathered at the distinctive Green Man Lodge on May 21 for Altadena Heritage’s 13th annual Golden Poppy Spring Garden Celebration and Awards. Steve Pribyl provided shimmering live music on his uilleann pipes, an Irish folk woodwind related to bagpipes. The usual abundance of food came with wine and bubbly supplied by board member Gail Casburn of the Altadena Ale & Wine House, and beer donated by member Mark Jilg of the Craftsman Brewing Company.

Host Rover Singer presented a brief history of the original property’s owner and builder, Louis Steinhauser —contractor, woodworker, and master carver. Steinhauser retired to the property in the 1940s and hand-carved the intricate woodwork that abounds on the 1.1 -acre site, including the many images of the leafy-faced Green Man indoors and out. Rover and his partner, Cal Smith, are the third owners of the home that long-time Altadena realtor and one of Altadena Heritage’s founders, Astrid Ellersieck, described as “a masterpiece of residential folk art.”

Award Winners

This year’s Golden Poppy Award winners for gardens that give to the street were all present to briefly describe the work that went into their gardens:

Zapata Espinoza, 125 W. Manor Street

Joseph Lane & Jay Framson, 527 E. Woodbury Road

Heather & Luc Mayrand, 1847 N. Hill Avenue

D’Arcy & Craig Sloane, 1955 Mendocino Lane