Botanical Paradise: Reflections

Apr 17, 2016

Photo by Stan Shebs, Wiki Commons

It’s a centennial celebration. One hundred years of the Pasadena Garden Club: 1916-2016.

On April 23, PGC celebrates its 100th anniversary with a botanical paradise and garden show titled “Reflections” to be held at the Pasadena Central Library.

Larry Wilson of Pasadena Star-News writes that it was in June 1916 that local architect Myron Hunt and “other civic worthies” formed the Pasadena Garden Club.

Nothing like a frivolous lot, the club for a century has been a leading force in the preservation of the Arroyo Seco, and in 1933 built along with WPA workers the fabulous La Casita cottage on the Arroyo’s edge with local boulders and wood from the ’32 Olympics cycling track, and then gave it to the city for community meetings. When the little house burned in the ’80s, the club brought in the fine landscape architect Isabelle Greene, granddaughter of the architect Henry Greene, to rebuild the treasure and design a water-wise garden, the kind that all of us want today.

So for 100 years come June, the club has been creating workshops, lectures and symposia to educate its members and the community on horticultural and ecological issues. Now it’s in celebration mode, and wants to invite the public into a free show featuring its members’ extraordinary flowers….
—”100 green years from the Pasadena Garden Club: Larry Wilson,” April 12, 2016, Pasadena Star-News


Reflections: A Centennial Celebration of the Pasadena Garden Club
Saturday, April 23rd, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, April 24th, 1-5 p.m.
Pasadena Central Library, 285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena 91101
Free event; for all ages
For more info, call 1.626.744.7311
Or visit




Above, La Casita Del Arroyo.

Below, pictures around the property

by Kat Ward.














Image, top right, a Matilija poppy (Romney coulteri), by Stan Shebs, Wiki Commons.


Our favorite view from La Casita Del Arroyo…


Photo: Kat Ward

Photo: Kat Ward





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