Exclusive Tour of Conlan Garden Saturday

Hosted by South Pasadena Beautiful


To kickoff its membership drive and Library Park Beautification Project, South Pasadena Beautiful will host an exclusive tour of the Don and Marilyn Conlan Garden on March 25, from 1-3:30 p.m. at 1630 Milan Avenue in South Pasadena.

The Conlan garden is a hybrid: an English garden adapted to the southern Californian climate. Over a residency of more than 40 years, the garden has grown and evolved. An avid gardener and member of the Board of Overseers at The Huntington, Mr. Conlan has used the process of growth, peak and withdrawal as a framework for renewal.

His love of unusual plants and unusual combinations compete and thrive together. The front yard grass has been replaced with lower water lawn substitutes. The backyard contains a series of garden rooms that artfully divide and create useful spaces for outdoor entertainment and recreation. Other highlights include a seasonal vegetable garden in raised beds, a collection of fruit trees and an innovative woven support system for growing his heirloom tomatoes. The garden has recently been toured by the Garden Writer’s Association and the Garden Conservancy. This special garden is not to be missed.

Plant expert Debby Figoni will give a brief talk at 2 pm. Entrance is a $20 donation. RSVP at southpasadenabeautiful@gmail.com and donate at the door, pay online at southpasbeautiful.org, or mail your check to P.O. Box 1133, South Pasadena, CA 91031.

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