Garden Conservancy: Open Days Pasadena

Apr 25, 2017

April 30 is The Garden Conservancy‘s Open Day Pasadena, a self-tour of 6 private gardens.

Begin at the historic La Casita del Arroyo to pick up a map and purchase tickets, then take yourself upon a a garden tour that includes:

The John Bakewell Phillips House (photo, right), a Greene & Greene 1906 Craftsman Chalet-style home, redesigned with river rock and brick paths.

The Kohl residence (below), a classic Mediterranean, 1920s era-house with a garden loggia, citrus-filled parterres and garden “rooms.”



The Wentworth House, a 1906 Craftsman home with double lot garden, re-landscaped with a “stunning” collection of drought tolerant grasses, roses, and raised, colored corrugated steel vegetable planters.

“Over 7,000 individual grasses were planted, and water usage in the yard decreased by more than thirty percent.”



Annadale Vineyard Garden: San Rafael Winery Vineyards were established in 1875 along Annandale Road. The garden contains the 12 grapevines that form the “back bone” of its permaculture garden, which—along with fruit trees, edible plants, and herbs—doubles as an outdoor dining area. This part of the garden is framed by a desert garden of cacti and succulents. The backyard also has a “floating” cedar deck and a “plunge pool.”


The Cordelia Culbertson House is the last Greene & Greene Asian-influenced house built (1911-1912). The 3,500 square foot courtyard is surrounded by the house on three sides. Korn Randolph designed a potager garden with naturally weathered steel terrace walls and planters, and herbs, edibles, and perennials fill pots and spill over terraces.


Hurts Otium: A modernist mid-century home remodeled in 2014. Three eucalyptus trees, agaves, and lantana amid river rocks, cedar slanted gates, and a Lyman Whitaker wind sculpture greet visitors. The rear garden has vegetables and succulents in rusted steel planters around a saltwater pool bordered by spider plants, passionfruit vines, and podocarpus trees.



Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Pasadena 2017
Sunday, April 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
La Casita del Arroyo (start), 177 S. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena
Tickets: $7, may be bought on site
For complete details, visit



Open Day private home garden photos sourced from

La Casita del Arroyo photos by Kat Ward.




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