South Pasadena Beautiful | Annual Garden Tour Returns to Celebrate Spring

The two gardens featured on the tour are both irrigated in part with greywater: water used for washing purposes - laundry, handwashing, showering, and bathing.

PHOTO: South Pasadena Beautiful | South News | 451 Prospect Circle

The non-profit group South Pasadena Beautiful and the City of South Pasadena’s Natural Resources and Environmental Commission are pleased to invite the community to a garden tour and plant swap on April 23rd from 2-5 PM. The two gardens, one located at 1017 Oliver Street and the other at 451 Prospect Circle, are both irrigated in part with greywater: water used for washing purposes – laundry, handwashing, showering, and bathing. The plant swap will be held at the South Pasadena Community Garden at 1028 Magnolia Street. The event is free, no tickets or registration required, and the gardens and plant swap may be visited in any order.

At 1017 Oliver Street, attendees can learn about water conservation rebates, installing greywater systems, vermicomposting and visit the Ask a Master Gardener table. Attendees are invited to visit the SPB table at 451 Prospect Circle to learn about the organization’s re-landscaping of the US Post Office at 1001 Fremont Avenue and other projects funded by SPB.

The Gardens

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The house at 1017 Oliver Street boasts a beautiful garden showcasing a multitude of ways you can make your home sustainable. Here you will see a laundry-to-landscape greywater system, a branch-drain greywater system, a permeable paved driveway, solar panels, a rainwater catchment system, vermicomposting bins and a vegetable garden.

The Mediterranean landscape at 451 Prospect Circle was installed in early 2017 after an extensive remodel to the home. In addition to no lawn and drought tolerant plantings, four raised planters contain seasonal vegetables and herbs, and a greywater system feeds citrus trees, berry trellis and hedges. The front and back courtyards, pool/spa and sunken outdoor movie area provide multiple entertainment areas for all ages of guests.

PHOTO: South Pasadena Beautiful | South News | 1017 Oliver Street

Plant Swap

We are happy to announce that we will be hosting a Plant Swap at 1028 Magnolia during the Garden Tour. Bring a plant, take a plant! Please bring your plant in a pot and label it. People always ask us what the plant is and we don’t always know! Please do not bring an armload of cuttings, as most tend to end up in the trash.

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