Every spring the community group, South Pasadena Beautiful, hosts an inspirational and free garden tour. This year marks its 47th year and will feature sustainable, southern California landscapes on April 30 from 1 to 4 pm. All are invited to enjoy the gardens graciously shared by residents invoking a new water-wise way of life.
The self-guided tour showcases six beautiful gardens in the Monterey Hills and surrounding area. Participants are encouraged to finish the tour by visiting the South Pasadena Community Garden Open House located at 1028 Magnolia Street.
Begin the tour at the Japanese inspired yard at 1831 Via Del Rey. The designer used a black pine tree trained to mimic a bonsai tree complimenting a gorgeous Japanese lantern. Many aromatic jasmine and juniper plants were used, creating a calming landscape.
Next, visit the sensational colors and pollinators at the garden of Edwin TomYoy at 565 Camino Verde. This stunning landscape features many unusual succulents and low water plants, as well as upcycled material, promoting a vibrant ecosystem. The lush garden attracts many insects and birds, including a resident hummingbird family.
Close by, at 809 Flores de Oro, sits a uniquely designed corner using the grey and blue colors of large agaves and low water dymondia groundcover. The calming, formal garden features clean lines, soothing water features, and colorful succulents.
Head down the hill to 2043 Berkshire Avenue to visit the exotic Australian garden featuring stunning grevilleas and repurposed railroad wood planks. This cottage-style garden has many lovely ornamental grasses, salvias and other low water perennials in shades of red and purple.
You won’t want to miss the grand design of the last house on our tour at 1532 Ramona Avenue where West coast living is at its best. The low water garden has been designed with an eye for texture and color. Turf has been eliminated, and the front yard is now a tapestry of flowering succulents, low-water shrubs and more.
A plant swap will take place at 565 Camino Verde. Bring a plant and take home another.