This retired couple has created their paradise on 1/3 acre of natural peace and quiet ...hidden inside a major city.
Jean & Harry Pope have completely changed this traditional 1941 Spanish rancho home from all lawn to strolling gardens with multiple footpaths and outdoor seating areas. Most of the plantings are drought-tolerant and include many milkweeds as the host plant for monarch butterflies.
The front yard has been described as a "mountain meadow", with wide areas of myoporum interspersed with large boulders, low spreading junipers, and giant agaves. Brick and stepping-stone paths link to each other all around the house and gardens, providing morning and evening walks to check on the plants. Something is in flower year-round so there is plenty of color.
The porous-surfaced cobblestone driveway and a dozen sumps catch and absorb the rainfall so almost nothing runs off. All of the fertilizing and potting-soil needs are taken care of by a 8'x8' composting area in the back corner of the yard where a salvaged motor turns a tumbler that breaks down two 1-year piles of composted yard debris. This retired couple has created their paradise on 1/3 acre of natural peace and quiet in part of the gated 10-acre former Bixby family property, hidden inside a major city.
Editor’s Note: Parking is available on Bixby Road, and please walk the 100 yards to the house and gardens.
Garden Location & Information
Address / Access
45 La Linda Drive
Long Beach, CA 90807
Wheelchair Access Expect uneven surfaces, but it is all walkable