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Happy Spring!  We are excited to have three distinctively beautiful foothill-area gardens featured on this year’s Art of the Garden Tour, hosted by Sierra Madre-based Creative Arts Group. Each garden exemplifies the New Look for LA, an aesthetic only possible in our fair-weathered city.

We are intensely grateful to the Clayton, Fimbres and Kay families for generously opening their gardens!


Cassy and Kirk Aoyagi


Create a Lush, Leafy Retreat

Lush and leafy year round, this Altadena garden evolves. It is proof that in LA, each season can bring a new color, a fresh fragrance, and distinct favor to your home.  Take a Tour

Delight in Southwest Splendor

Why should southwestern gardens be monochrome? The striking contrast of bronze, chartreuse, deep green, and coral foliage brings serious pop to this Pasadena property. Take a Tour

Rock Serious Curb Appeal

Replacing a boring lawn with a playful mix of flagstone paths, gravel patios, and boisterous Mediterranean foliage gave life to this French Provincial home. The garden isn’t just a pretty face – it produces impactful water savings.  Take a Tour



Aloe Sp

El Nino has yet to deliver a true deluge but a little rain has brought blooms out of hiding in our hillsides.  If you wander into the mountains, you’ll see an Oscar-worthy show.

This month, we will prepare your garden to look its best whether spring brings rain or shine. We will:

Conserve Water and Soil Moisture:

  • Identify and fixing irrigation leaks
  • Add mulch to retain water and build soil quality
  • Change batteries on irrigation timers
  • Adjust clocks on irrigation and lighting timers
  • Prune Mediterranean foliage
  • Reduce evaporation from lawns by raising mower heights

Prep for a Beautiful Year:

  • Identify cut flowers to brighten indoor spaces
  • Plant edibles to match your meal interests
  • Exchange wet for dry loving plants

February 2016


A Lush, Leafy Retreat
Southwest Splendor
Rocking Curb Appeal


Theodore Payne Native Garden Tour
New Look for LA Design Workshop
Art of the Garden Tour


Conserve Water and Soil Moisture
Prep for a Beautiful Spring


Shotgun Coast Garden Opens • PO Box 441 Tujunga, CA 91043
phone 818.353.7030 • 310.979.9002 • fax 818.353.6837 •
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