Part laboratory, part sanctuary, the gardens surrounding Nord Eriksson’s Pasadena home bring together a lifetime of influences. The 1949 ranch home offered the chance to develop artful garden rooms influenced by Scandinavian, Japanese, and Mediterranean precedents.

The gently sloping land, anchored by a magnificent Englemann Oak, was terraced to create interest, retain rainwater, and create spaces for family life and entertaining. A tapestry of textural paving weaves throughout… concrete, brick, slate, gravel and pebble are crafted into a soulful mix. Walls trace lines in the garden, originally laid out by pioneering landscape architect Edward Hunstman-Trout. The resilient landscape of the Mediterranean influenced the design of the lap pool and plantings of the rear gardens. In the front yard, ivy has been replaced by a mix of grasses and salvia’s with accents of agaves’ and aloes. This garden grows, teaches lessons, and brings deep satisfaction.