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Saturday, April 18; 1:30PM - 3:30PM

CANCELLED – Roses to Rosewater to Cakes

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April 18
1:30 – 3:30pm
Instructor: Judy Polinsky
$35 Arboretum members
$45 non-members (Includes Arboretum Admission)
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Roses don’t only smell good – they are good to eat, too! Join Judy Polinsky in a hands-on baking laboratory as she shows you how to select roses, make rosewater, and use roses and rose water in recipes you will make yourself!


Originally from New Jersey, a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Temple University and a Master’s in Theatrical Management and Design from NYU allowed Judy Polinsky to follow her dreams to California where she ended up working at CBS, MGM, and SONY. After retiring, she began volunteering at the Huntington Library and Gardens in San Marino. There she met Clair Martin, Curator Emeritus of the Rose Garden. With his permission, and free range of one of the world’s premier rose gardens, Judy was encouraged to follow her twin passions of theater and history by interpreting historical foodways and the social and material culture of the American War for Independence.

Her extensive collection of original and reprint Colonial era cookbooks gave her the source material to develop accurate period menus for her historical presentations. Her curiosity piqued by the frequent use of rose as a flavoring led to her experimenting with roses – and a new passion for 18th Century rose flavored desserts was born! Her experiments were so successful she was invited to contribute 18th Century rose flavored desserts for the Great Rosarians of the World event several years running, for which she and her friend and assistant Myriam Hu were awarded the coveted “Friend of the Rose” award.

She is the author of “Delicious Rose-Flavored Desserts”; a book of historical period recipes interpreted for the modern kitchen. She now gives lectures on roses and rose desserts, 18th century foodways, and in her spare time continues to research and develop historical recipes. Judy is married and lives in Burbank, California.


$35 Arboretum members
$45 non-members (Includes Arboretum Admission)

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The Los Angeles Arboretum Foundation reserves the right to cancel a class due to low enrollment or other circumstances which would make the class non-viable. If the Arboretum cancels a class, registrants will be offered a full refund. There are no refunds for cancellations within 7 days of the start of the class. For all other cancellations, your payment will be refunded minus a 10% processing fee.

*LATE ARRIVAL POLICY: Refunds will not be granted to registered guests who miss the class due to tardiness.

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