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2016 Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour

Mar 30, 2016
Garden #31, La Cañada Flintridge

Garden #31, La Cañada Flintridge

To see all of the homes and gardens on the Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour one would need to start at dawn and end under starlight, and with no breaks for nosh.

Yet, this annual native plant tour looks to be such an opportunity that if time permits, time should be taken.

Over two dozen homes are on the tour and range in location all over L. A. County: from Beverly Hills to Baldwin Hills, from Palms to Playa del Rey, from Torrance to Long Beach, from Northridge to Burbank, and—in our neck of the woods—from Glendale to La Cañada Flintridge, Altadena, Pasadena, South Pasadena, and Sierra Madre.

From bungalows to estates, experience a variety of tastes, styles, and designs as gardens have been built with consideration to the climate of the area, by using 50% native plants, and by emphasizing drought-tolerant vegetation.

Though the tour is open Saturday and Sunday, the locations in San Gabriel Valley are available to visit on Sunday only.

 

2016 Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour
Saturday & Sunday, April 2nd-3rd, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Locations vary
Cost: $25-$30, purchase here
For complete details, visit NativePlantGardenTour.org

 

Garden descriptions courtesy of Theodore Payne Foundation:

Garden #28, Glendale: 760 sq. ft. front yard with flagstone path, colorful pots and birdfeeder, and boulders leading up to a lovely Spanish bungalow. Designed by Sabine Steinmetz.

 

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Garden #28, Glendale

 

 

Garden #29, Glendale: 2,000 sq. ft. front and backyard. Over two decades ago, a veteran Theodore Payne Foundation volunteer went native (on the yard). Rare plant species include Mojave aster, matchweed, Guadalupe Island rock daisy, and rose sage.

 

Garden #29, Glendale

Garden #29, Glendale

 

Garden #29, Glendale

Garden #29, Glendale

 

Garden #30, La Cañada Flintridge: Vivid flowers, geometric succulents, and sculptural cacti pattern the front yard of this 7,000 sq. ft. landscape. A dry creek cloaked in plants leads rainfall to the lowest point in the garden, where pieces of flagstone encircle the void-like drainage point that also imparts a symbolic visual element to the garden. The back yard features a relaxed woodland plant palette, with room for edibles in raised beds. Front yard design: Scrub Jay Studios.

 

Garden #30, La Canada Flintridge

Garden #30, La Cañada Flintridge

 

Garden #30, La Canada Flintridge

Garden #30, La Cañada Flintridge

 

Garden #31, La Cañada Flintridge: A dry creek bed meanders through the front and side of this private school property, providing a calm space for strolling and a way to direct stormwater into underground infiltration pits. Planted in 2014, the 7,600 sq. ft. garden features an attractive mix of native woodland and grassland species and earned a La Cañada Valley Beautiful Award. Design: The Great Outdoors Landscape Design and Construction.

 

Garden #31, La Cañada Flintridge

Garden #31, La Cañada Flintridge

 

Garden #32, Altadena: More than a decade ago, this narrow 6,000 sq. ft. lot was transformed into a wild and fun landscape featuring the art work “The history of the West.” Described by the garden owner, a professional designer and artist, as a “semi-formal collector’s garden,” it includes a winding path, gabion wall, and rammed-earth bench nestled below a century-old coast live oak. Watch for spring wildflowers, a dudleya-studded cliff, espaliered fremontia, and many rare plants from California and Baja California. Design: Scrub Jay Studios. Photography: Philip Otto Photography.

 

Garden #32, Altadena

Garden #32, Altadena

 

Garden #33, Pasadena: he front yard of this decade old, owner-designed, one-third-acre “eclectic green space” includes drought-tolerant native and non-native plants, a dry streambed beneath an old incense cedar, and a low-care parking strip. The back yard features a series of outbuildings made from repurposed materials, a thirty-five-foot boojum tree, and newly added pathways that meander around mature cacti and recently planted natives. recipient of Pasadena Beautiful’s Golden Arrow Award and featured in the Fall 2012 issue of American Bungalow. American Bungalow.

 

Garden #33, Pasadena

Garden #33, Pasadena

 

Garden #33, Pasadena

Garden #33, Pasadena

 

Garden #33, Pasadena

Garden #33, Pasadena

 

Garden #34, Altadena: This 1,100 sq. ft. front yard is part of the homeowner’s continuing effort to improve the energy and water efficiency of her home. Converted in 2013, the former thirsty lawn has been transformed into an almost all-native garden that blooms February through October, supports many species of songbirds, hummingbirds, and bees, and requires only a modest amount of maintenance.

 

Garden #34, Altadena

Garden #34, Altadena

 

Garden #34, Altadena

Garden #34, Altadena

 

Garden #35, Kinneloa Mesa (Pasadena): This estate spreads out to nearly a full acre with a 35-foot elevation change. In 2011, the landscape was revamped into distinct garden spaces with native and other drought tolerant plants. The front yard is classical in style; the back is filled with color, handsome hardscape elements, and meandering trails. A side yard is lined with coast redwoods and understory plantings. Additional features include a natural pond, greenhouse, “urbanite” retaining walls, and a seating area and fountain incorporating natural and found materials. Design: Plant Goddess Landscaping.

 

Garden #35, Kinneloa Mesa

Garden #35, Kinneloa Mesa

 

Garden #35, Kinneloa Mesa

Garden #35, Kinneloa Mesa

 

Garden #35, Kinneloa Mesa

Garden #35, Kinneloa Mesa

 

Garden #36, Sierra Madre: Terraced with local stone, this steep, narrow 12,000 sq. ft. garden, begun early 2011, includes Zen water features, permeable paving, and swales amid both formal and woodland plantings. The warm colors of the hardscape create a welcoming atmosphere where people gather and learn about unusual plants local to the San Gabriel Mountains. An abundance of wildlife finds sanctuary here, including cougar and bobcat. Design: Orchid Black, Native Sanctuary.

 

Garden #36, Sierra Madre

Garden #36, Sierra Madre

 

Garden #36, Sierra Madre

Garden #36, Sierra Madre

 

Garden #37, Pasadena: The Club, founded in 1947, is a hidden gem in Pasadena’s Lower Arroyo Seco Park where 5,500 sq. ft. of native garden surround the clubhouse. In 1998, Club volunteers began planting woodland natives historically found in the arroyo, and have since molded a wildflower meadow that dazzles in the spring and is steadied year-round by perennials. Look for two Engelmann oaks, and soak in the calm of the of casting pool waters. Design assistance: Rick Fisher, Toyon Design; Madena Asbell.

 

Garden #37, Pasadena

Garden #37, Pasadena

 

Garden #37, Pasadena

Garden #37, Pasadena

 

Garden #37, Pasadena

Garden #37, Pasadena

 

Garden #38, South Pasadena: Started in 2005, the plants selected for this Cottage-style garden with elegant woodland elements provide a certified wildlife and bird habitat, as well as a series of serene private spaces for human inhabitants to retreat from street noise. Located on a former lakebed, this garden features plants that tolerate heavy clay soil, an enchanting outdoor garden room, permeable paving materials, and a kitchen and cutting garden. Design: Wynne Wilson, Terra Design.

 

Garden #38, Pasadena

Garden #38, Pasadena

 

Garden #39, South Pasadena: The owner-designer of this 9,000 sq. ft. “wild suburbia” is a horticulturist and writer (weedingwildsuburbia.com). The landscape, started 17 years ago, provides a mix of serenity and peace, with the bustle and excitement usually found only in natural settings. Oak woodland, grassland, and riparian flora surround a beautifully restored Craftsman home. Watch for two show-stopping fremontias and inhale the spicy aroma of sage.

 

Garden #39, South Pasadena

Garden #39, South Pasadena

 

Garden #39, South Pasadena

Garden #39, South Pasadena

 

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Garden #39, South Pasadena

 

 




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