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LA's Home and Garden Designer Showcase

Most urban communities with an active niche of landscape, interior and housewares professionals offer some sort of designer showcase. The Los Angeles area is rich with such dreamy opportunities. One of the most notable is in Pasadena, home of the Rose Parade and some of the most beautifully landscaped home gardens and yards in the nation because of the long growing seasons we enjoy.

Each spring, the Pasadena House for the Arts organization produces the highly acclaimed annual benefit, the Pasadena Showcase House of Design. As always, the showcase house will feature the creations of the top home and garden designers in the Los Angeles area. This year, Morrill Landscape Group ( and its divisions, Pacific Pavingstone ( and California Waterscapes (, are proud to once again support this worthy cause by participating in the showcase for the 6th year in a row.

The three companies will lend their expertise to create an entry designed to harmonize with the formal Italianate architecture of this year's estate. The motor court will feature paving stones in subtle earth tones of Sierra Blend. The entry terrace will be lavishly landscaped with fragrant Lavender, Rosemary and White Roses captivating the senses as visitors stroll toward the threshold. Italian Cypress trees will flank the main entrance giving it a stately feel. The private drive will be surrounded by boxwood hedges and adorned with annual flowers that dance with color. The last essential ingredient to this team’s full sensory design experience will be the addition of a beautiful, custom made natural looking pond, complete with a running waterfall.

Thousands of visitors attend the month long Showcase House which has resulted in cumulative donations in excess of $13 million. The money raised is used for children's music education programs and other youth activities, such as an instrumental competition for young adults.

The Pasadena House of Design Showcase runs for two weeks each spring. Tickets prices are from $25-$30 per person. For more Showcase House information, call (626) 795-5107.

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