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.

Here is a list of the homes featured on the 2018 garden tour.

Garden #1.  This newly-designed backyard keeps an eye on tradition while offering owners and guests the comforts of modernity. A full-kitchen — with marble counter tops, grill, stove-top and sink — is protected by an awning whose wooden beams match the details of the home. The elder of the garden, the majestic Japanese maple, acts as historian and protector of this backyard treasury. Beneath her limbs grow newly-planted asparagus fern and hydrangea.

Garden #2. (The Lady Bird House!). At one time or another, most of us dream about the house or community we will someday call home. We drive through neighborhoods, look online, talk to locals or perhaps attend garden tours looking for a place where families are raised and memories are born.  As a teenager hometown native, Greta Gerwig, would walk along East Sac’s tree lined streets dreaming of her future and stopping to admire a particular Georgian colonial.  So it was natural that when it came time to choose the dream home for her film, “Lady Bird”, the writer/director chose the house from her childhood memories.  Welcome to the blue house on 44th Street.

Garden #3.  The garden is adorned with seashells and Buddha statuettes whose combined influences create the backyard’s “Beach-side Zen” ambiance. Endless surprises await the valiant garden voyager.  The eclectic mix of flowering trees and blooming perennials on the grounds and the dainty annuals along the side fence sparkle with vibrant colors against the sea of green. An herb garden, vegetable box and citrus trees increase the bounty of garden treasures.

Garden# 4.  Every detail of the design, layout and plant selection of this enchanted garden has been lovingly chosen by the home gardener. The outdoor space extends and adorns the aesthetic of the home’s interior — Asian-inspired Arts and Crafts. Japanese Maples, Heavenly Bamboo, Japanese Flowering Cherry Tree, Chinese Fringe Flower and Mondo Grass find their home among the more traditional azaleas, crepe myrtle, and camellia. After the installation of the patio, the owner was inspired by the leftover concrete pieces to shape a winding path.

Garden #5. This beautiful 1911 English Cotswold style home features a spacious, private backyard garden, a small basketball court, swimming pool, and a lovey patio.  Surrounded by endlessly tall redwood trees, maple trees, various fruit trees and plenty of lush green lawn, it’s the perfect yard for a growing family to enjoy year-round.  Enjoy the view from the secondary deck set in the cozy, easternmost corner of the yard and imagine yourself relaxing with a cup of coffee in the cool summer morning air. 

The garden designer for our 40th street house may be new to the tour this year, but he has been designing spaces since his childhood. Gordon Gordner grew up in Santa Rosa and moved to Sacramento several years ago to continue his interior design and image consultation company. He’s busy with projects locally and as far away as Folsom, but graciously offered to work on the tour, and his design is a perfect embellishment on a classic East Sacramento garden.

He described his design for 1415 40th street as “clean and monochromatic but edgy.” Gordon brought in crisp striped pillows, several palms and potted succulents along with gorgeous chromed floor lanterns to beautify the space. Whimsical paper lanterns in ice cream colors dot the broad branched tree shading the pool and the putting green. The long stone topped dining table was moved to center stage on the lawn and set with simple white porcelain and sparking stemware. A cozy patio seating area is set by the French doors off the foyer and allows a view of the entire garden space.

Gordon did an amazing job highlighting the garden’s essential elements while bringing in his own unique style to enliven this gorgeous space. The East Sac Garden Tour thanks you, Gordon for all your hard work and positive attitude throughout the entire process.



Garden #6. This custom backyard retreat makes the most of a small space, connecting the gracious original wood deck to a brand-new yard. Step-down decks lead to a serene spa-style soaking pool with a waterfall, a connected water feature, and an outdoor shower.  Mature citrus trees and raised beds planted with fruits, vegetables, and herbs frame the welcoming water features.

Garden #7. This show stopping yet low-maintenance backyard is ready for year round summer fun!  Every detail suggests celebration and good times shared with friends. From the beautiful pool complete with hot tub, the putting green, or the deluxe, custom-built covered outdoor kitchen, bar, and entertainment center, fun can be found everywhere in this beautiful backyard.