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Event planner Walter Hubert sets his scene with six outdoor rooms

By Barbara Thornburg Walter Hubert, the florist and event planner behind Silver Birches in Pasadena, purchased a large lot studded with fragrant eucalyptus in the foothills of Altadena, near Angeles National Forest. Inspired by the property's natural beauty, he built an Old California-style home without disturbing about 20 trees, all nearly 70 years old. "We built the house around the trees and worked it into the slope," he says. "It's why there are so many elevation changes in the house." The result of the home's unusual terracing: Six outdoor living spaces, allowing the kind of indoor-outdoor living that has come to define Southern California.
By Barbara Thornburg

Walter Hubert, the florist and event planner behind Silver Birches in Pasadena, purchased a large lot studded with fragrant eucalyptus in the foothills of Altadena, near Angeles National Forest. Inspired by the property’s natural beauty, he built an Old California-style home without disturbing about 20 trees, all nearly 70 years old. “We built the house around the trees and worked it into the slope,” he says. “It’s why there are so many elevation changes in the house.”

The result of the home’s unusual terracing: Six outdoor living spaces, allowing the kind of indoor-outdoor living that has come to define Southern California.
(Nancy Pastor / For The Times)

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