Enjoying Summer Blooms

Pasadena Showcase event explores La Cañada Flintridge’s color

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski

Pasadena Showcase House of the Arts will show off the colors of three sprawling estates in La Cañada Flintridge on Saturday, June 19, as part of June Bloom, an outdoor progressive garden party. 

“What’s not to love?” says Marybeth Rehman-Dittu, June Bloom’s event chair. “It’s outside, and it’s time to celebrate for a great cause.” 

The public event asks guests to step out of their homes and safely stroll through gardens showcasing beautiful landscapes, Mediterranean terraced planters and blooming ornamental roses in the heart of Flintridge.

“I cannot wait to be outside in the warm sun with friends, glass of wine in hand, enjoying summer blooms and jazz,” says Susie Aguirre, 2020-21 benefit chair and June Bloom organizer. 

“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.” 

Activities include docent-led garden tours, live music entertainment at each home, floral demonstrations, and the Shops at Showcase featuring a variety of craft purveyors. 

Grab-and-go meals and snacks, wine and beer will be available for purchase throughout the event. Tickets, which must be purchased in advance, are $60 at pasadenashowcase.org. Proceeds from the event will support Pasadena Showcase’s philanthropic initiatives.

The three featured estates include a Spanish colonial revival built in 1917 by architects Marston, Van Pelt and Maybury on 2.4 acres with a well-manicured promenade, terraced pools and planters, and a secluded tennis sanctuary; an English Tudor revival built in 1926 on 1.6 acres with a sprawling verdant lawn; and a colonial revival built in 1921 on 1.6 acres with an architecturally identical lifesize dollhouse and an expansive collection of 142 rosebushes. 

The homes’ interiors will not be open during the tour. 

Entertainment includes a jazz trio from Saturday Night Bath, Pasadena Conservatory of Music featuring Café Luar and classical guitarist Brian Barany, string trios from the Colburn School and Santa Cecilia Orchestra, pianist Greg Parker and the Riverboat Dixie Jazz Band. Many of the groups are Pasadena Showcase Gifts & Grants recipients. 

Shops at Showcase’s featured purveyors include Designer Sterling, JP Designs, The Treasured Accessory, Jacqueline B Clothing, Laurie Jo Designs, M&C Collective, Paco Soler, Veronica’s Garden, Lavender Blue, Susie O’s and Green & Bisque Clayhouse. Floral designer Drew Domenghini will give demonstrations throughout the day.

“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,” says Barbara Damerel, Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts 2020-21 president. “La Cañada Flintridge is a beautiful area and always a wonderful host city to Pasadena Showcase.” 

Guests will park at Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, and take complimentary shuttles running throughout the day. They should expect to stroll across several acres and uneven terrain. Wheelchairs and walkers may not access all areas of these private estates; for questions regarding accessibility, call 714-442-3872. Guests will also be asked to comply with the latest COVID-19 guidelines. Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the grounds, and portable restrooms and other high-touch surface areas will be sanitized regularly. The capacity of the event has been limited.

The all-volunteer Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts has been supporting local music and arts programs since 1948. It has given more than $23 million to nonprofits, particularly through its Gifts & Grants program, in support of music education, scholarships, concerts and music therapy. 

Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts also supports the LA Philharmonic and its learning programs. 

The organization raises funds from its major benefit, the Pasadena Showcase House of Design — one of the country’s oldest, largest and most successful house and garden tours. 

Rehman-Dittu has been with the organization for 12 years and has seen it evolve. 

“We have some younger members who have infused Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts with new ideas, new directions and really positive changes,” she says. 

“We’re just implementing them now. We’ve had many longtime members. It’s a very dedicated group of women and men.”

June Bloom

WHEN: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 19

WHERE: Three houses in La Cañada Flintridge

COST: $60

INFO: pasadenashowcase.org

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