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

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