The annual East Sacramento Garden Tour features beautiful yards, ranging from shady bowers to showstopping yards for entertaining to easy-care for busy homeowners. Whatever your gardening passion, you’ll find ideas to inspire you in these lovely gardens.

2019 Gardens:

1517 36th Street

The sleek modern profile of this home is complemented by the serenity of the native landscape. More than a private backyard, the area serves as a gathering space for this multi-generational family. Bridging two private living units, the outdoor space offers an edible garden box, recreational swimming pool, and cafe table for drinks and snacks for the entire family to enjoy.

3531 J Street

The beautiful stone hardscape of this front yard space has become an architectural fixture of East Sacramento. This outdoor refuge showcases a stunning gas fireplace flanked by wide stone benches providing ample seating for large get-togethers. The side landing allows further viewing options for beholding the diversity of life passing through the heart of Sacramento. Delicate pink Chinese fringe trees, a star magnolia, and a row of rose bushes provide a pleasing contrast to the impressive hardscape.

1415 35th Street

Art and nature vie for attention in this backyard tribute to the senses.  The owner, a dedicated amateur artist, has commissioned her artistic community, including neighborhood friends and peers at Sacramento City College, to embellish her garden with “drought-resistant” art. But the plants will not be ignored. Crepe myrtles, sweet olives, and orange trees make their home in the garden.

1217 42nd Street

Built in 1923, this gracious home has a  thoughtfully updated backyard. View the formal, clean lines of the slate-edged pool and patio that lends itself to a timeless beauty.  Landscape architect Michael Glassman designed a multifunctional space for indoor-outdoor living, and the yard flows directly from the house on one level and includes bar seating and an outdoor kitchen. Mature trees, including majestic mock oranges and a Chinese elm, add to the privacy of this secluded modern retreat.

1358 40th Street

This charming yard has the feel of a vintage secret garden.  The timeless air of this sweet retreat comes with very modern amenities, including an outdoor kitchen, a spa, and a charming protected loggia, where the family and guests can shelter, warming up at the tiled-edged gas fireplace.  A green lawn, edged by birches and shaded by a beautiful crepe myrtle tree, softens the space, and provides the perfect spot to take advantage of this walled gardens tucked-away ambiance.

1441 40th Street

Built in 1923, this residence was one of the first grand homes to be constructed on 40th street in the heart of East Sac.   Intriguing neighborhood lore has it that the home was once owned by a charming Duchess Pinky who would often sit on the front lawn playing her harp and drinking champagne.  This Fab 40s home is perfect for intimate outdoor gatherings or large celebrations. From morning coffee on the jasmine scented terrace to swimming and watching the game after dining with friends, this home has something for everyone. Duchess Pinky would definitely be pleased.

1440 38th Street

Thanks to thoughtful design and hard work, this property has been transformed into a secluded backyard bower for outdoor living that marries family fun with grown-up leisure.  From a custom outdoor kitchen, a pool and lawn, a private doggy door, this yard has something for everyone. Maple trees, podocarpus, creeping fig offer privacy while citrus trees and cloud-like puffs of white hydrangeas frame the yard  This garden provides the perfect spot for family entertaining.