Garden Tour to Benefit U.S. Post Office Re-landscaping Project

South Pasadena Beautiful is launching an initiative to create a new sustainable, low-water garden at the South Pasadena Post Office. Photo by Nancy Lem

The non-profit community group, South Pasadena Beautiful (SPB), is urging residents to celebrate Earth Day in South Pasadena by attending a Garden Tour, Earth Day Expo and Plant Swap on Sunday, April 22, 2018, from 12:30-4:30 p.m. at Eddie Park, 2017 Edgewood Drive.

The 48th annual self-guided garden tour features six beautiful sustainable gardens within walking distance of Eddie Park. Gardens may be viewed from 1-4 p.m. This year, the popular annual event is a fundraiser to benefit SPB’s South Pasadena U.S. Post Office Re-landscaping project.  SPB is launching an initiative to create a sustainable low-water garden at the South Pasadena Post Office. The project will unfold in two phases:  In the first phase, dying trees and grass in front of the building will be replaced with disease-resistant shade trees and colorful, California-friendly plantings.  The second phase will renovate the large lawn area on the north side of the building with a new seating area and low-water plants and trees. SPB is seeking to raise $35,000 for this project that not only will beautify the community but also save water and support wildlife, such as birds and bees.

A free Earth Day Expo will be held from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. at Eddie Park in conjunction with the garden tour. Exhibitors include SPB’s bring one, take one Plant Swap, City of South Pasadena Environmental Programs, South Pasadena Public Library, Friends of the Nature Park, South Pasadena Community Garden, Athens Services, West Coast Arborists, Community Toy Swap, Tree Lectures, fun family activities, and more. Refreshments will be available.  Attendees are invited to learn about SPB’s tree watering outreach program.  With the support of the City of South Pasadena, SPB and volunteers will work with residents to encourage the best tree watering practices, including the use of tree watering bags. 

Tickets to the Garden Tour are $10.  SPB will give a complimentary ticket for any donation of $35 and above received by April 21, 2018. Donations exceeding the $10 ticket price are tax deductible. Advance tickets are available online or by cash at Eddie Park on the day of the event. Tour maps will be available at Eddie Park. The Plant Swap and Earth Day Expo are free.  For more information about the gardens and to purchase garden tour tickets visit www.southpasbeautiful.org

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