Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts to Host ‘Progressive Garden Party’

Published on May 6, 2021

The Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts is planning a walking tour of three historic La Cañada Flintridge homes, along with other festivities, next month at a fundraiser to support the organization’s arts programs, gifts and grants.

“June Bloom” is from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. June 19, with guests gathering at  Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive in La Cañada Flintridge, before shuttles take them to three homes for docent-led tours, the organization said in a written statement. Live music, shopping, refreshments, and floral demonstrations are also planned.

With California expected to fully reopen from pandemic restrictions on June 19, Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts President Barbara Damerel said the group was excited to return to in-person events. It was unable to hold its annual Showcase House of Design fundraiser event in-person this year due to the virus.

“We are grateful that the COVID-19 pandemic has vastly improved over the last several months, allowing us to do what we do best: Gather family and friends together for a unique experience in a beautiful setting in support of music and the arts,” she said. “La Cañada Flintridge is a beautiful area and always a wonderful host city to Pasadena Showcase.”

Benefit Chair and June Bloom organizer Susie Aguirre added that she “ cannot wait to be outside in the warm sun with friends, glass of wine in hand, enjoying summer blooms and jazz… It is going to be a delightful event and I’m proud of my fellow Pasadena Showcase members who came together to make this possible.”

The three homes to be featured on the tours are a Spanish Colonial Revival built in 1917 by architects Marston, Van Pelt & Maybury on 2.4 acres; an English Tudor Revival built in 1926 on 1.6 acres; and a Colonial Revival built in 1921 on 1.6 acres, which includes an “architecturally identical life-size dollhouse and an expansive collection of 142 rosebushes,” the statement said.

The interior of the homes will not be available for viewing.

Live music is planned at each home, along with floral demonstrations and the “Shops at Showcase,” featuring a wide range of craft vendors.

Tickets cost $60 and reservations are required. Capacity will be limited.

Guests were urged to wear shoes comfortable for walking on sometimes uneven garden terrain.

“Wheelchairs and walkers may not access all areas of these private estates,” the statement added. “For questions regarding accessibility please call (714) 442-3872.”

A link to purchase tickets can be found on the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts website,

Make a Comment

  • (not be published)