Cultivated Living

South Coast Plaza makes way for another iteration of Southern California’s most coveted spring showcase

Written by Jenn Thornton    

Photos courtesy of Jeri Koegl, South Coast Plaza

South Coast Plaza is a shopper’s paradise nonpareil, offering retail at its most refined. Here, spring brings not only the latest in designer fashions and luxury loot, but also a profusion of plant life and exquisite outdoor home décor that combine to create one of the most sumptuous displays of the season: At Home in the Garden. Sounds quaint, but this is no garden-variety affair—it’s a premier extravaganza, presented by the Southern California Garden Show and avidly attended by a growing number of home and garden connoisseurs with every show it mounts. And what a show! 

This year, At Home in the Garden—themed to reflect the trend toward designing chic outdoor living spaces—takes root April 27-30 and will feature lush presentations on three levels. Level one will host a series of outdoor-living vignettes. Each sophisticatedly ornamented scene is the result of collaboration between an emerging or established landscape designer from Southern California and a participating South Coast Plaza home store, including the likes of Crate and Barrel and West Elm, which will provide the decor. Gone are the days of plastic patio furniture; these exterior expressions are designed to elevate the outdoor living experience with plush pillows, fine fabrics, smart furnishings and designer adornments reflecting current SoCal style.

Look for greenery galore on levels two and three, where the flourish of flora and fauna will include leafy palms for a touch of the tropics, spiky succulents for a desert oasis, and sensual orchids for a little of that exotic allure. Combine these offerings with home- and garden-related seminars at various South Coast Plaza locations and a jaw-dropping centerpiece from Fiesta Parade Floats, the most honored float builder in the history of the Rose Parade, and you’ll be inspired to create the Eden of your dreams—right in your very own backyard.