Making South Pasadena More Beautiful

South Pasadena Beautiful Volunteers Plant New Landscaping at Library

PHOTO: SouthPasadenan.com | South Pasadena Beautiful volunteers are ready to beautify the front of the Library Community Room. Posing for a photograph during the Saturday planting day are (L-R) SPB volunteers Isabela Harrington, Diane Bridges, Stephanie Payne-Campbell, Anita Williams, John Silverthorn, Gina Atkinson, President, Marcy Liu and Marianne Veach

Over 30 volunteers for South Pasadena Beautiful were out bright and early Saturday morning to set about planting what looked to be at least a hundred plants or more all around the South Pasadena Library Community Room. South Pasadena Beautiful put out the call for volunteers so not only did they have their usual suspects, but others from the community simply showed up ready to go to work. You couldn’t have asked for a more perfect, crisp, fall day for planting.

PHOTO: SouthPasadenan.com | Board Member Stephanie Payne Campbell with Board Member and Landscape Architect Anita Williams

The landscape design was created by South Pasadena Beautiful board member and landscape architect, Anita Williams, and the plan includes new trees and an entire new landscape. The organization donated $6,500 worth of trees and plants for this planting party that took place Saturday Nov. 18. To replenish the nonprofit organization’s funds, SPB will be conducting a fundraising garden tour Dec. 9.

PHOTO: SouthPasadenan.com | Gina Atkinson, South Pasadena Beautiful president, is ready to greet volunteers at the Library Community Room Saturday morning Nov. 18 for a major planting party. Public Works assisted with transporting greenery and planting large trees

Board member Stephanie Payne Campbell tells us “this project has been in the works for two years because we had to wait until they finished regrading the hill in front of the community room which they did to stop it from getting flooded when it rains.” She goes on to explain “the landscape that was here was also designed by South Pasadena Beautiful in 1992, so we are following in the footsteps of our past members by going through with this project.” They have a 12 member board, all volunteers and operate on donations.

PHOTO: SouthPasadenan.com | South Pasadena Beautiful board members and volunteers ready to go bright and early!

Williams says “I wanted the plants to be drought tolerant and shade loving which is a difficult mix and also they had to be available.” Adds Campbell, “because they film here a lot, the plants also had to be not super Southern California looking.” As anyone who has lived here any amount of time would know, film productions use South Pasadena all the time to stand in for east coast locations due to our east coast architecture and small town streets.

PHOTO: SouthPasadenan.com | One of the drought tolerant plants chosen by Anita Williams ready to be planted

Williams continues, “I wanted it to be a little bit more formal in the design and have a less range-y look and be a bit uniformed. They are all require low water and I chose a lot of natives but the palette is also using a lot of Australian plants.” Among the dozens of varieties are Pink Australian Fuchsia, Kangaroo Island Australian Fucshia, Pink and White Coral Bells, Apricot Monkeyflower, Pacific Wax Myrtle, Apple Blossom Beard Tongue, Jerusalem Sage, Bear’s Breech and more. Stop by the Library Community Room and have a look at their beautiful work.

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Alisa Hayashida has been covering arts, culture, & events in the greater Pasadena Metro areas and Los Angeles Metro areas for the past six years. She is a valuable arts advocate in South Pasadena, with an extensive background in theater arts. Since graduating from UC Irvine, her work has taken her from Los Angeles to India, London, Paris and throughout Europe. She lives in South Pasadena with her husband and son and has been a devout South Pasadenan for the past 25 years.

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