With many tours and events canceled in 2020, including the postponement of the Pacific Palisades Garden Club’s annual Spring Garden Tour, the Post took a look back in the archives to share a piece written by June Blum from May 1973 detailing the tour that year.
Though April showers didn’t come our way, the record rainfall earlier this year ensures lush foliage and abundant flowers in May.
Therefore, why not have a garden tour? Pacific Palisades Garden Club will do just that this Sunday when six local examples of fine landscape will be on view from 1 to 5 p.m. At the home of Mr. and Mrs. Wylie, refreshments will be served. An attractive wall is planted with succulents, ferns and Japanese anemones. Accents of nandina, Japanese maple, azaleas and Podocarpus add texture and variety.
An inviting courtyard, protected with an acacia hedge and Podocarpus elongatus awaits tour goers at the home or Mr. and Mrs. Reese. Tub plants are featured in the courtyard while the terrace is rimmed with magnolia trees and roses. Two gardens by designer.
Curt Anderson offer wide differences. For the Dr. and Mrs. Case, Anderson has designed a hillside garden using native plant material interspersed with silk oak trees. Pink powder puff, Aralia chinensis and ficus benjamina.
In the Huntington Palisades area, Anderson has done a precise, small garden for Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gowing. The patio is an extension of the brick terrace with a brick border curving about a lush lawn. Birch trees, Carolina cherry and Kaffir plum are well placed.
Philip Chandler is redesigning the garden at the home or Mr. and Mrs. Sollenbarger. It features a large lawn, bordered with annuals, which leads to a view of mountains in the distance. The terrace includes a find display of ==.
On the same street is the home of Mr. and Mrs. Albert. A serious conservationist, Albert started growing his own vegetables long before ecology became a fad. His vegetable garden also includes herbs, boysenberries and strawberries. A compost chopper helps enrich the soil where stocks, delphinium, primrose, pansies and iris border the lawn. There are many varieties of tress, including fine citrus specimens.
Noted for its find gardens and avid gardeners, Pacific Palisades offers a bounty for those who want to see things growing.
The local garden club has selected six examples of excellent landscaping for its annual Spring Garden Tour, which takes place on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets are available at $2 each from club members or at Palisades Garden Supply, Sawyer’s Nursery and Merrihew Nursery.
This page is available to subscribers. Click here to sign in or get access.