April 19, 2009 – May 17, 2009
This breathtakingly beautiful and inherently practical outdoor space showcases the very latest in sustainable landscaping practices and technologies.
The custom garden bridges the gap between the formal home and the tennis court, filling the senses with fragrance, beauty, and the sounds of nature. A grand bluestone stairway centered on the garden segues to a decomposed granite patio. Adorned with architectural ornaments, including antique lanterns, magic mushrooms, and a native dry river garden, the patio provides a whimsical, invigorating place to lounge while friends practice their serves.
While vital and lush, this space produces a minimal carbon footprint. It was constructed using sustainable, water-wise practices, renewable resources, responsible sources, and health-conscious products. It’s LED lighting uses 80 percent less energy than other options. Permeable paving facilitates drainage while mitigating run-off. The native plants consume less water, and cutting-edge irrigation technologies further reduce water consumption by 50 percent or more.
For those interested in ecologically responsible landscaping, this demonstration garden proves xerscape is far from the only option. The Pasadena Showcase Home’s sustainable landscape is vibrant, distinctive, and compatible with one of Los Angeles’ more formal architectural styles, a true model for sustainable outdoor living.