South Baldwin Sun Garden

Along South Baldwin, two planted areas are separated the center staircase. While established trees cover the area, they are deciduous and diaphanous, offering little shade. Designers chose native foliage that can take direct sun; enjoy high, dry heat; and root deeply to help maintain the slight slope.

Lead volunteers Bob Spears and Jim Walsworth added beautiful infrastructure to the space, adding a custom modern bench to hide irrigation controls and offer a shaded place to rest near the post office doors. They also constructed the rock border at the base of each garden.

See the Mariposa Shade Garden on the other side of the structure, learn more about the garden’s features and creation, or understand the garden’s impact on Sierra Madre’s fire safety and water independence.

The Plant Palette

Have you noticed the changes to the Sierra Madre Post Office landscape?

The garden surrounding the office will soon look and feel similar to the lush, leafy landscape surrounding city hall. It’s plant palette includes some of the foliage you love in the Authentic Foothill Gardens – as well as some distinctive to the space.

Some of the new post office foliage is distinctive from that at city hall – yet also authentic to the foothills.

Other foliage you will likely recognize from strolling along the trails at city hall.

Check out the full plant palette in Pinterest to learn more, or simply take the plant palette to the nursery with you.

Beyond the native foliage, you’ll see a rock bioswale – it has already gone to work sinking stormwater from January rains to refuel the city’s groundwater.

Watch our news and events for details about the garden’s official ribbon cutting.