Pasadena In Focus
September - October 2009

Pasadenan Finds Oasis in His Own Front Yard

When Michael Okamura bought his east Pasadena home, he knew his front yard had the potential of becoming more than just a plain old lawn with inefficient sprinklers. With the help of a local landscape designer he transformed the yard into an inviting courtyard blooming with colorful water-smart plants such as kangaroo paw, lion’s tail, lily of the Nile and heavenly bamboo.

A decomposed granite pathway and low-voltage lights make it easy for him to enjoy his garden, which thrives on drip irrigation and small spray heads controlled by a smart timer.

He is proud to have received a Golden Arrow Award from Pasadena Beautiful Foundation and a First Place prize in the small house division of the California Landscape Contractors Association Beautification Awards.

If you see potential for your own yard, attend one of PWP’s free workshops at the Salvation Army Pasadena Tabernacle, 960 E. Walnut St., to boost your curb appeal the water-smart way.

Sign up for “Efficient Irrigation” Sept. 10, Oct. 22 and Nov. 5 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.; “Healthy Trees and Shrubs” Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. to noon.; or “Native Nights with
Lili Singer” Oct. 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. Reservations are required. Visit www.cityofpasadena.net/savewater to claim your seat! 

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