Planting Party

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Help us create a beautiful native plant demonstration garden in the Nature Park. In addition to planting colorful and aromatic plants, we will set up a temporary irrigation system.

No experience is needed, though volunteers are invited to share their expertise. Home gardeners can learn along with us as we start this new garden. Registration is not required.

Volunteers working on Demonstration Garden

Participants should:

  • Wear sunscreen, hat, sunglasses
  • Bring water
  • Bring gardening gloves and tools (weeders, trowels, whatever you use in your own garden); extra gardening gloves and tools will be provided as needed
  • Wear comfortable work clothes, including work shoes (sneakers or boots) and long pants
  • Bring binoculars for birdwatching (optional)

Children must be under adult supervision at all times. There is poison oak in the park that we will point out before starting.

The South Pas Nature Park is a four-acre habitat park along the Arroyo Seco. The entrance, marked by a small plaque on an attractive river rock wall, is in the 100 block of Pasadena Avenue in South Pasadena, east of the York Street Bridge. Street parking is available.

The park is graced with mature coast live oaks, southern walnuts and western sycamores. Sage, buckwheat and other native coastal sage scrub plants provide an inviting environment for birds, lizards, squirrels and numerous other critters. Locals too enjoy walking, jogging and horseback riding through the park.

Since 2006 Friends of South Pasadena Nature Park, an informal group of park stewards, have been removing invasive weeds, planting natives, creating paths, and improving habitat. Volunteer Days are held monthly. For notification of cleanup dates: Email More information can be found at: Nature Park blog, and our Facebook page.