South Pasadena Beautiful will host its 47th annual garden tour and plant swap on April 30th, 2017.  This year's  self-guided tour will take place in the Altos of South Pasadena. Stay tuned for more information about next year's tour.

Below are images from our 2016 tour. 

1716 Laurel St. 

Amy and Leland Jones’ delightful home is both beautiful and practical. Designed by Mrs. Jones, a local landscape architect, the front garden is both elegant and water-wise. The garden includes a mix of succulents, California native and Australian plants as well as Sycamore trees. The back garden is heaven for their two boys with a fantastic tree house built in a cluster of Palm trees, a zip line and lovely swimming pool. Family pets include chickens who live in a roomy custom-made coop. Raised vegetable beds and fruit trees offer more examples of sustainable gardening.  


1629 Laurel St. 

Dina Morgan’s Mediterranean garden transports visitors to another place. The front enclosed courtyard over looks a garden of lavender, rosemary and olive trees as well as a beautiful weeping cherry tree. The magical back garden is a true refuge featuring an outdoor room complete with a pond and fountain shaded by a large Pittosporum tree. The gardens are further accentuated by vintage wrought iron copper pieces collected by Ms. Morgan throughout the years. 


1718 Marengo Ave.  

John and Colleen Donovan’s 1927 colonial revival front garden recently went through a dramatic transformation. Designed by Amy Nettleton of Elemental Landscapes, the new landscape enhances their traditional home while incorporating sustainable practices including an under ground rainwater capture system that collects and distributes excess runoff. Camellias and Magnolias provide lush privacy while fountains and meandering paths lead to the back garden, which includes a pool, planting beds and additional plantings and seating areas. 


1635 Laurel St.

Patrick and Marguerite Lynch’s front garden is a colorful mixture of native and drought tolerant plants on the fringe of their front lawn. Visitors will find beautiful examples of plants they can try. The recent planting includes two kinds of Ceanothus, a spectacular Chinese Fringe Flower and the fiery Peacock Flower.

The South Pasadena Community Garden also hosted an open house at 1028 Magnolia St. The tour included a lively plant swap which took place at 1635 Laurel. A wonderful afternoon was had by all.