When COVID canceled the Pasadena Showcase House of Design again this year, the organizers came up with a new plan: An outdoor garden tour at a trio of stately homes.
- When COVID canceled the Pasadena Showcase House of Design again this year, the organizers came up with a new plan-- an outdoor garden tour at a trio of stately homes. "Eyewitness News" reporter Adrienne Alpert shows us gardens that could only have been created a century ago.
ADRIENNE ALPERT: This year's Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts is all outdoors because of COVID in the gardens of a country German revival, a Spanish colonial revival, and a traditional colonial. Three homes on the same street in La Cañada Flintridge, they're calling it June Bloom, A Garden Party.
MARYBETH REHMAN-DITTU: Progressive Garden Party. And as you know, the reason we are doing this, it's a pilot, but it's got all the bells and whistles that showcase people love. It's got music entertainment, which we didn't have before, live music.
ADRIENNE ALPERT: Interior designer Greg Parker will be among the musicians. All of this is keeping alive a showcase tradition that started in 1948 and has raised more than $23 million for arts programs.
MARYBETH REHMAN-DITTU: We're not just a pretty house. The fundraising goes to our gifts and our grants and our music programs.
ADRIENNE ALPERT: Each garden is a wonder. The colonial features 200 rose bushes and a dollhouse that's a replica of the main house and was built at the same time. All three homes are about a hundred years old, when you could design big gardens.
MARYBETH REHMAN-DITTU: In the country German next door, that fervent lawn, you can't duplicate that nowadays. I think that's very much something of the era.
ADRIENNE ALPERT: The Spanish home is terraced from its pools to its tennis court. Walking shoes are a necessity, but there will be food and refreshment and the gift shops, along with docent tours and floral demonstrations.
MARYBETH REHMAN-DITTU: We have had so much support. We've had great sponsorships. Our membership has also donated. And I think everybody is just ready to get out in the fresh air and enjoy a beautiful summer day. And I think that's exactly what's going to happen.
ADRIENNE ALPERT: Like the flowers, tickets are limited and won't last long. The Progressive Garden Party is just one day only, June 19. For details on tickets, go to abc7.com.