Tour six gardens on Sunday

A variety of landscapes, including those featuring native plants, will be on display.

April 23, 2009|By Ruth Longoria

Even if you haven’t had a chance to create the perfect garden oasis in your backyard, there’s no reason to miss out on reaping the benefits of the spring sunshine that has recently caused flowers and foliage to blossom.

La Cañada Valley Beautiful’s annual Spring Garden Tour is from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, and features four local backyard beauties, as well as the new Mediterranean and California native plant gardens at the La Cañada Public Library.

Admission is $10 and tickets can be purchased at each of the locations on the day of the tour.

One beautiful example of native plants is on display at 5025 Alta Canyada Road, where homeowners Seth and Tillie Hoffberg about two years ago began their Mediterranean garden to augment their lovely 1930 Spanish colonial home.


“We wanted something that would require low amounts of water and create that romantic feel,” Tillie Hoffberg told the Valley Sun.

“This is our second garden; the first was at our former home in Pasadena. This garden has a totally different feel,” she said, as she pointed out a blooming Euphorbia and other colorful plants in her yard.

Linda Fults, a board member of La Cañada Valley Beautiful, said she’s excited about the gardens on this year’s tour.

In addition to the two new gardens at the library, which is at 4545 Oakwood Ave., featured gardens are: the Hoffberg home; a home at 4427 Woodleigh Lane, a home at 4851 Commonwealth Ave. and a home at 5000 Jarvis Ave.

The Jarvis Avenue garden is somewhat of a “secret garden,” Fults said.

The home’s “layered lot has varying climate zones,” she explained, adding that there is a “cool shady, forest-like setting” at the top of the lot, a mid-level brick deck and pool area with an elaborate out-door kitchen area, and a lower level that has a children’s play yard, game area and dwarf fruit tree orchard.

Also of note are the Commonwealth and Woodleigh Lane gardens, where large oak and sycamore trees add shade and beauty to each garden’s spectacular roses or azaleas.

In a time when local water districts are asking residents to conserve water, the La Cañada Library’s two new sustainable gardens also will offer fresh ideas for those interested in creating their own native plant gardens.

In the past two years, La Cañada Valley Beautiful has helped to fund, through grants, the creation of two library gardens.

Last year, a native plant garden was created on the street side of the library and this year, a second-garden was completed on the parking lot side of the building.

The library gardens include a sub-surface drip watering system.

“It’s exciting to see how these plants have thrived,” Fults said.

“The demonstration gardens were designed to show residents the ways that drought-resistant plantings can flourish in our community,” she added.

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