Tuesday, August 19, 2014

More South Pasadena is beautiful Gardens

Timeless architecture. A timeless garden. As appropriate in this century as in the last. 

Note the sweeping flattened arc of the front beam. Had the bulk been level - the psychology of the entrance would have been foreboding.. Instead, painted a deep ocean blue, the house bids you welcome to cross the front garden. 

Designed by BAM architecture of Claremont, California, the garden is a nod to the beauty of California native plantings which grown near the dry river beds found in the local San Gabriel Mountains. An avid bird watcher,  homeowner Deni Sinot insisted on plants  which were more than pretty: she wanted the horticultural palette to call in the birds. The plant list included Toyon, Sage, and Penstemon accompanied by an assortment of ornamental grasses.   

Don't you just love this little vignette? The diminutive scale is a touch of whimsy softening the muscular imprint of the big bungalow. 

Garden tours are so exciting. It is our chance for us to go behind the gates. 


From the garden tour brochure "In the backyard, slate that was hiding under the old Oak was repurposed define the space around the Deodar Cedar.  The grasses, shrubs, Buddha, and pure tone wind chimes give the back yard a feeling of peace and serenity. An added bonus is the new drip watering system, which in combination with drought tolerant plantings, uses 60% less water than before."

Until we meet again, Thank YOU for all YOU do to make the world more beautiful.