American Public Gardens Association Conference 2018

Southern California

June 4-8, 2018

Casa Romantica: A Coastal Garden Oasis with a Sunset Conclusion
Event Type: 
Meals & Events
Date / Time: 
Fri June, 08 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens











Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens is an award-winning cultural arts center, historic landmark, and botanical garden that provides a rich selection of performances, exhibitions, lectures, workshops and tours year-round to people of all ages.

Located on 2.5-acres, the building is a registered national historic landmark. Ole Hanson, the founder of San Clemente, commissioned architect Carl Lindbom to design this Spanish Colonial Revival home in 1927. After changing hands throughout the 20th century, it was acquired by the City of San Clemente in 1989. A private group of forward-thinking individuals restored Casa Romantica to its original beauty through a major capital campaign, and transformed the property into a nonprofit 501(c)3 cultural arts center as well as an architectural and botanical destination. Today, visitors to Casa Romantica can experience the splendor of the estate with tours and permanent exhibits which illuminate the history of San Clemente and its founder, as well as the development of Southern California.

Casa Romantica’s 2.5-acres of coastal gardens are an oasis of beauty and tranquility year-round. The landscape has evolved from Ole Hanson’s first plantings to incorporate extensive water-wise and native plantings which reflect the unique California coastal environment. More than 30 gardens exist today, each with unique horticultural features and appeal.

Signature gardens include a Courtyard garden; a Butterfly Garden which is a designated Monarch Butterfly Way Station; Cactus & Succulent Gardens, Native American Gardens which contain plants used by the native Acjachmen Indians; a Children’s Garden; an Herb Garden; the Story Circle, a vista designed to take advantage of stunning views; the Bluff Top Gardens, with its yucca plant which was planted here by Ole Hanson in 1927; the Native Bowl, with steps leading to the spectacular view location of Serenity Point; and the Woodland Garden, which frames the far side of the property with rare Monterey Firs.

In 2017, Casa Romantica commissioned The Beauty of the Butterfly, a sculpture created by internationally-recognized artist Matthew Placzek. The sculpture is located in the Native Bowl Garden.

This enchanting visit to Casa Romantica will conclude our 2018 conference festivities with a casual evening dinner reception and sunset conclusion as we reminisce about the past week and what lies ahead! 


IMPORTANT NOTE: Registration is required to attend. If you register for this event only, and do not plan to go on an afternoon tour, transportation will not be provided by the Association from the Disneyland Resort to Casa Romantica. You will need to arrange your own transportation to this event.

For those wishing to bring their children, a fee of $10 applies for children under ten (10) years of age, those over the age of ten (10) will be charged the full price. Contact Kate Tyrawski at or 610-708-3012 to add this to your registration.