20 Fifth Street Urban Yard

20 Fifth Street Urban Yard

Los Angeles, CA
Open Days

After house hunting for two years, Tracey Roden and Kamran Ardalan were thrilled to finally find a house that they loved. The prior homeowners had beautifully remodeled the house but the backyard was never fully completed. And because the main living space completely opens into the backyard, they both felt it was an integral extension of the house. Their goal was to enhance the modern design and architectural aesthetics of the house but at the same time be low maintenance, drought-tolerant, and most importantly, be able to withstand a very active little boy (and his friends). Tracey and Kamran also wanted to incorporate elements of their backgrounds and personalities. For Kamran who spent much of his childhood in Iran, that meant having specific fruit trees (such as pomegranate and fig) as well as a water feature. For Tracey, who enjoys entertaining, an outdoor fireplace where plenty of friends could gather was at the top of the list. They also both wanted a yard that would grow with the needs and activities of their son but not look like a playground. Since the backyard was designed to be low-maintenance, Kamran and his son are able to spend their time planting and taking care of the vegetable garden, which has become a special activity for the two of them. They all look forward to continuing to enjoy their outdoor space while adding more personal touches along the way.

Directions: Please start your tour at Merrihew's Sunset Gardens, 1526 Ocean Park Boulevard, Santa Monica for discounted tickets and directions to this garden.

Otherwise, call the Garden Conservancy office toll-free weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, 1-888-842-2442 for more information.

Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission to this garden is $7. Don't forget to buy discounted admission tickets in advance. They never expire and can be used at most Open Days to make garden visiting easier.

  • This is a new garden
  • This garden allows photography
  • This garden is handicap-accessible
  • Restrooms are accessible

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