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ome tour in Venice on May 5 will feature 30 homes by architects such as Gregory Ain, Gabriella Frears and Santiago Ortiz. (Turn to page 20)


utdoor living space is designed around a spacious pool at this home on the Windsor Square -Hancock Park Historical Society tour. (Turn to page 21)


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Gardens showcase a variety of styles on Open Days tour Seven gardens in Santa Monica and Brentwood, representing styles from traditional to modern, native to exotic and quirky to chic can be viewed on the Garden Conversancy’s Open Days Program tour on Sun., May 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Visitors will begin the tour at the Grow Native Nursery Westwood at the VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System at Davis and Constitution avenues, where discounted admission tickets and maps with driving directions will be available. Among landscapes on the tour are the grounds of a remodeled mid-century ranch house in Brentwood. Realizing that the outdoor spaces needed to be updated as well, the owners hired the landscape design team of Ryan Gates and Joel Lichtenwalter of Grow Outdoor Design to create a setting that reflects the clean lines of the modern architecture as well as paying tribute to the woodland feeling of the site. The house is approached through a series of large concrete pavers that are set within a Japanese-inspired garden

IRON AND CERAMIC sculptures and recycled materials were used to shape Ellen Hoff’s backyard garden.

of red maples, ferns, giant liriope, anemones and a sculptural specimen of the East redbud “Forest Pansy.” A large fabricated metal panel acts as both a privacy screen for one of the children’s bedrooms as well as a garden sculpture. The backyard garden features a winding decomposed granite path around the perimeter of the property passing a fire pit area, vegetable garden with espaliered apple and fig trees and lush planting beds.

El Sueno The gardens and hardscape at El Sueno were designed by architect Kevin A. Clark and inspired by the period gardens of 1920s California. While all fountains and pools are new and designed with care in complementing the Spanish Colonial Revival-style house, most materials used are vintage. Challenging soil Ellen Hoff’s garden is on a third of an acre of challenging clay soil. Established Australian and native plants in

the front garden are survivors, watered only once a month and never fertilized. The backyard is a grass and foliage garden. Working with designer/contractor Chuck Stopherd of Hidden Garden Inc., the owner used iron and ceramic sculpture, recycled materials and unusual plants to shape the personal garden. A path made of a conveyer belt winds through a meadow. In the “ruins garden,” ceramic pillars emerge from purple, green and brown foliage, and sun filters through an allée onto mosaic tiles. Native plants The Zinner Garden, created by landscape designer Stephanie Blanc, was developed as part of the major renovation of a 1936 Spanish Colonial Revival-style house to create a beautiful and functional garden relying on native and drought-tolerant plants. The major elements include a screened front yard dining area, dry creek bed inspired by the storm water pit beneath, and an intimate side yard with a built-in bench. The multilevel backyard features a play

THE GARDENS AND HARDSCAPE at El Sueno were inspired by the great period gardens of 1920s California.

area planted with newly developed water-efficient hybridized bluegrass and a decomposed granite driveway. The seven-year-old garden, which has matured into a year-round example of the potential of native plants, has been featured in Sunset Magazine and on Good Morning America. Admission to each garden is $5; six for $25. Children are admitted free. For more information, call 888-842-2442 or go to opendaysprogram.org.

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Tours continue at Pasadena Showcase House of Design There’s still time to view the works of more than 30 interior and exterior designers at the 2012 Pasadena Showcase House of Design. The annual tour of the house and grounds runs through Sun., May 13. Proceeds benefit youth musical programs. The 1928 Spanish Colonial Revival-style home in LaCanada Flintridge is known as Casa de las Puertas, or House of Doors—because of its many wood-carved, leather-tufted and metal-clad interior doors. The designers have transformed the two-acre estate: a 6,429 square foot home with eight bedrooms and baths, a guesthouse known as the “casita,” swimming pool and greenhouse.

DESIGNER Mark Cutler gave a small guest house the feel of a beach cottage.

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The gardens, which include a nearly 90-year-old cactus, waterfalls, living art and an oasis, are a highlight of the tour. Seventeen docents will guide visitors through the gardens and outdoor areas. Features include a nearly 90-year-old cactus at the front door, pruned by John Trager, curator of Desert Collections at the Huntington Library. A wrought iron framed vertical garden using drought tolerant plants was created by FORM LA Landscaping for the Andalusian Courtyard, which is the heart of the property. Ornaments made of succulents were hung in the trees of the Rose Garden by Anne Phillips of Go Green Gardeners; a waterfall and pond along with a seating area was designed by John Lauterbach and Steven Sandalis. A free shuttle will take visitors from Pasadena Rose Bowl Lot I to the house. For tickets or more information, call 714-442-3872 or go to www.PasadenaShowcase.org.




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Venice garden, home tour benefits children’s center Visitors will get a close look at gardens and architectural gems hidden behind gates and hedges on the self-guided Venice Garden & Home Tour on Sat., May 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The 19th annual tour, featuring 30 gardens and homes from contemporary to historic, will raise funds for the Neighborhood Youth Association’s Las Doradas Children’s

Center. Tour-goers can walk, ride or bike through Venice neighborhoods east of Lincoln Blvd. featuring homes by architects and designers Gregory Ain, Tom Cakrson, Gabriella Frears, Dennis Gibbens, Daniel Monti, Santiago Ortiz, Ron Radziner, Molly Reid and Renzo Zecchetto. A highlight is the Gregory Ain tract in Mar Vista—an


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enclave of 52 modest onestory homes from 1947. Landscape architect Garrett Eckbo planted rows of trees to create a streetscape that unifies the neighborhood and gives it a park-like atmosphere. Visitors to the beach community will view rust-colored stuccos and barn red wood structures near sleek, white contemporary cubes. Many of the gardens are planned to bring nature indoors, and include pocket vegetable gardens, rooftop plantings and the use of drought tolerant plants. Several artists' studios will also be open. The tour was founded by landscape designer Jay Griffith, activist Linda Lucks and businesswoman Jan Brilliot to provide financial support for the childcare facility that offers full-time, education-based day care to lowincome working families. It begins at the Center at 804 Broadway. Neighborhood parking and shuttle buses are available; biking and walking are encouraged. Tax-deductible rain-orshine tickets are $60 if purchased in advance; $70 on tour day. Children under 12 are admitted free. Call 310-821-1857 or go to www.venicegardentour.org.

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Society Tour benefits fire stations, median The Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society hosted the Los Angeles Garden Tour & Party on Sun., April 22. The annual tour featured private gardens as well as the grounds of the Getty House— the official residence of the Mayor. It was the tour’s starting point and site of a dinner reception afterwards. Proceeds will fund the greening of Fire Stations 61 and 52 and the planting and irrigation of the median on 6th St. and Norton Ave.


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