PASADENA, CA - Besides touring the magnificent interior of this year's Pasadena Showcase House of Design (Showcase), a 1927 Spanish Revival-style estate, another highlight of Showcase House is a tour of the glorious gardens, which this year include a nearly 90-year old cactus, waterfalls, living art, an oasis and a greenhouse to delight visitors. During the time that the Pasadena Showcase House is open to the public, garden tours are given twice daily: the morning tour begins at 10:30 a.m. while the afternoon tour begins at 1:30 p.m. and lasts about one hour. Visitors are always welcome to see the gardens on their own without a garden docent.
According to Julianne Reynoso, Garden Docent Chair, "this year, as in the past seven years, the garden docents have been trained by Jill Vig, affectionately known as the Garden Goddess." Vig is a Master Gardener, Certified Arborist and Curator of the Water Conservatory Garden at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden.
Many of the 17 Garden Docents, some of whom are Master Gardeners, have volunteered at Showcase for several years. Other docents are people who love gardens and want to share their enjoyment of plants, flowers and trees. Reynoso adds that, "they volunteer in a variety of places around the San Gabriel Valley and beyond, and offer their expertise everywhere they go." Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts (PSHA) recruits many of its docents from organizations such as the Huntington Library, Los Angeles County Arboretum, Descanso Gardens and the Sierra Madre Garden Club.
During the tour, the Garden Docents will guide visitors through these Showcase gardens and outdoor areas, focusing on highlights such as:
- The nearly 90-year old cactus at the front door pruned by John Trager, Curator of Desert Collections at the Huntington Library.
- A faux streambed which mimics the feel of water, and a "living wall" designed by Go Green Gardeners.
- A wrought iron framed vertical garden using drought tolerant plans created by FORM LA Landscaping for the Andalusian Courtyard, which is the heart of the property.
- Ornaments made of succulents hung in the trees of the beautiful Rose Garden by Anne Phillips of Go Green Gardeners.
- A lovely waterfall and pond in the La Lagunita designed by John Lauterbach and Steve Sandalis, who also added a seating area next to the pond.
- Unique outdoor art by artists from the San Gabriel Valley, and meandering streams and a waterfall created by Pacific Outdoor Living.
- An opportunity to learn tips on how to propagate plants will be offered by Laramee Haynes of Haynes Landscape Design, who has provided all the plants, pots, art and furniture to the Greenhouse, which is a celebration of the beauty of plants and flowers.
- A tented dining area in the spirit of silent film era star Rudolph Valentino's "The Sheik," designed for the pool area by Carson-Magness Landscapes. To add to the feeling of an oasis, multi-colored and multi-sized Moroccan lanterns have been hung from ancient oak trees.
For the last 47 years PSHA has raised funds, generated by proceeds from the Pasadena Showcase House of Design, to promote youth music education and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. To date, PSHA has donated over $18 million to these programs. Funds have also provided opportunities for over 350,000 children to discover, enjoy and study classical music. Proceeds from the 2010 Pasadena Showcase House of Design generated $750,000 which was distributed during the Gifts and Grants Reception at the 2011 Pasadena Showcase House of Design last spring.
Tickets for Showcase are available through Admit One Products and can be ordered by telephone at (714) 442-3872 or online at www.PasadenaShowcase.org. For recorded Showcase information, please call 626-578-8500.
The Pasadena Showcase House of Design is open now through May 13th on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. Showcase is closed on Mondays. Unfortunately, the Showcase property is not handicap accessible or a child safe venue. Infants and children under the age of 12 will not be permitted on the premises.
Complimentary parking is available at the Pasadena Rose Bowl, Lot I. Guests will be shuttled to the 2012 Pasadena Showcase House where they can tour the estate and its magnificent gardens, dine at The Restaurant at Showcase designed by Silver Birches and shop at the Shops at Showcase. The gardens, restaurant, and shops may be visited without a ticket. The 2012 Gifts and Grants Reception honoring this year's recipients will be held in The Restaurant at Showcase on April 25th at 3:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend without a ticket.