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Senior web editor Natalie DiScala reveals her favourite spots in Pasadena, California.


Nestled in the San Gabriel Valley northeast of Los Angeles, the City of Roses boasts mountain views and a fine climate (except in August, when it’s steamin’ hot). Senior web editor Natalie DiScala reveals her favourite spots.

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1 Where to shop: Tea Rose Garden

What could be more delightful to a gardener than a tea room and flower shop in one? The Tea Rose Garden in Old Pasadena is a must-visit for anyone who wants to experience the charm of sipping tea from pretty teacups and eating sugar cookies while surrounded by beautiful fresh-cut flowers. 70 N. Raymond Ave., trosegarden.wordpress.com.

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2 Where to stay: The Langham Huntington

Stay at the langham Hunt­ ington, Pasadena, at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. Delightfully luxurious, this hotel is an iconic 101­ year­ old Southern California landmark. The property sits on more than nine hectares of lush gardens. renowned landscape architect William Hertrich designed the Japanese Garden (constructed between 1911 and 1914); the sprawling Horseshoe Garden is picture perfect – both gardens are great spots for a wedding. Pasadena 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., langhamhotels.com.

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3 Where to shop: Rose Bowl Flea Market
Open the second Sunday of every month, the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena is serious business and has been known to draw a celebrity or two from nearby Hollywood looking to score a bargain. It’s home to more than 2,500 vendors and 20,000 buyers. To avoid the crowds and the hot California sun, arrive first thing. Doors officially open at 9 in the morning but there’s a special admission starting at 5 a.m. for early birds. While you’re there, explore the grounds and gardens, checking out where the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game happen each winter. 1001 Rose Bowl Dr., rosebowlstadium.com.

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4 Where to shop: Old Pasadena Farmers Market

The Old Pasadena Farmers Market offers something for everyone. Besides the obvious fresh and local produce you can expect to find, this farmers’ market features live music and free kids’ activities that vary from week to week. Open every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. E. Holly St., oldpasadena.org/ farmersmarket.

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5 Where to explore: The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
You probably won’t have time to explore all 50 hectares of the botanical gardens, but you’ll have loads of fun trying. Some of the most notable gardens include the Desert Garden, Camellia Garden and Chinese Garden, one of the largest Chinese-style gardens outside of China. If you’re in town for a few days, consider visiting twice, since there’s also a huge library of rare books and art galleries, featuring American and European works. 1151 Oxford Rd., huntington.org.

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6 Where to explore: Arlington Garden
This one-hectare garden combines the area’s Mediterranean-esque climate with California style and is home to succulents, cacti and an orange grove, as well as beautiful birds and butterflies. It boasts sustainable features – such as a series of berms for collecting rain-water and reclaimed-concrete hardscaping throughout – and promotes the conservation of threatened Californian flora, such as the bush anemone (Carpenteria californica) and bigcone spruce (Pseudotsuga macrocarpa). 275 Arlington Dr., arlingtongardeninpasadena.org.

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