Every year South Pasadena Beautiful hosts a garden tour featuring homes in South Pasadena that exemplify beautiful, sustainable and drought resistant landscaping designs. The tour also includes an annual plant swap event. The homes are graciously shared by residents, if you have completed a sustainable landscape project yourself and would like to showcase it, please contact us!

2018 garden tour

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Join us for this year's Sustainable Garden Tour that will take place Sunday, April 22nd. 

The self-guided garden tour features six beautiful sustainable gardens.  Gardens may be viewed between 1-4 PM. This year, the popular annual event is a fundraiser to benefit SPB’s South Pasadena U.S. Post Office Re-landscaping project. Tour maps will be available at Eddie Park.

Tickets are $10 per person (children are free) and can be purchased at Eddie Park the day of the tour or in advance online (see below).

  • Date: Sunday, April 22nd

  • Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm

  • Location: Eddie Park - 2017 Edgewood Drive, South Pasadena

South Pasadena Beautiful will also host a FREE Earth Day Expo and Plant Swap at Eddie Park from 12:30-4:30 PM.  

Exhibitors at the Earth Day Expo include SPB’s bring one, take one Plant Swap, City of South Pasadena Environmental Programs, City of South Pasadena Library, Friends of the Nature Park, South Pasadena Community Garden, Athens Services, West Coast Arborists, a bring one, take one (gently-used) Toy Swap, Tree Lectures, fun family activities, and more.

Here is a preview of some of the houses on the tour this year!

House 1 - With help from landscaper Rick Button and interior designer Rosalyn Woods, the Montecito Ranch style home was redesigned in 2015 and then updated earlier this year. The driveway features exposed aggregate with bands of greenery between the slabs. The planting area in front of the home was expanded significantly with Japanese maples. Old Oaks and drought tolerant plants such as snow-in- summer (Cerastium silver carpet) create a timeless and rustic feel.

House 2 - Redesigned in early 2018, the homeowners installed a new entryway and flagstone sidewalk. The water thirsty lawn was removed and replaced with Hillside Fine Fescue (Nomo Grass),
a low water use grass. Other featured drought tolerant plants include Agave “Blue Glow,” Achillea M. “Paprika,” Echeveria “Afterglow,” Furcraea F. “Mediopicta,” Acer Palmatum“Sango Kaku” and Cercis C.“Forest Pansy.”

House 3 - Grass destroyed by grubs, broken sprinkler heads, and succulents stunted in the narrow space by the house described this yard 4 years ago. The homeowner leapt at the rebate opportunity offered for drought tolerant yards. Working with June Scott Design to combine existing plants with other choice selections of water conserving plants, the yard has been transformed into a whimsical mixture of Southwestern and Mediterranean design. 

House 4 - Designed by local landscape architect June Scott, this front yard features a seating area and
Jar fountain, ringed by aromatic native plantings of California Lilac, Manzanita, Cleveland Sage.  A meadow-style planting of native sedge grasses create soft look in the foreground, and new concrete pavers add a modern touch.

House 5 - Tour the gardens of a Mediterranean Revival style home.  The garden design harkens back to 1920’s garden rooms and Mediterranean plantings, while maintaining existing mature plantings.  Many of the original plants were salvaged and reused, including agapanthus. Mature oaks, mature crepe myrtles and a variety of camellias are the backbone of the garden while new olives, ligustrum hedges and boxwood separate the gardens into discreet garden rooms.