2017 Garden Tour

This year's garden tour marks its 47th year and will be featuring 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. (front yard only)

At the  hill-top home, located at 562 Camino Verde, the front garden features a well-engineered bioswale increasing the infiltration of rain water, replenishing groundwater and reducing storm water pollution.  The site’s existing rock was also recycled into a lovely low wall and dry-stream bed.

Across the street, 565 Camino Verde, visit the sensational colors and pollinators at the garden of Edwin TomYoy. Turning trash into treasure, this stunning landscape features many unusual succulents and low water plans, as well as upcycled material promoting a vibrant ecosystem.  The lush garden attracts many insects and birds, including a resident hummingbird family.

Close by, 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. 

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Finish the tour at South Pasadena's own vibrant Community Garden. The garden will be open from 1:30 - 4:30 at 1028 Magnolia Street

 Our lively plant swap will take place at 565 Camino Verde. Bring a plant and take home another.

Rain date is May 7.