If you are a frequent reader of my blog then you know I love to garden. To celebrate Spring, San Diego offers a variety of fabulous garden shows. Where you can stroll through wonderful garden paths and admire beautifully manicured gardens, full of amazing colors and beauty. From now until the end of May, dozens of private gardens will open their gates to appreciative visitors as part of 19 unique garden tours listed below. (via San Digeo Union Tribune) Many of the garden tours are also fundraisers to wonderful causes in our community. Tickets are available online or at area businesses listed on the sponsoring organizations’ websites.
Here are the list of Spring Garden Tours for 2012!
14th Annual Borrego Garden Tour
Art abounds in the six tour gardens in Borrego Springs. One 4-acre oasis with a stream and seven waterfalls surrounds a Drew Hubble-designed straw-bale home. Another landscape is prowled by sculptor Ricardo Breceda’s metal dinosaurs.
San Diego Horticultural Society “Garden Tour for the Senses”
Nine diverse landscapes in Mount Helix/La Mesa range from a Rosarian-tended garden with 600 rosebushes, an edibles garden that supplies the owner’s two restaurants and a Ryan Prange-designed contemporary garden around an award-winning midcentury home. Last stop is Perennial Adventure display garden and nursery.
Tickets: $25 ($20 in advance for SDHS and La Mesa Beautiful members)
24th Annual Lake Hodges Native Plant Club Spring Garden Tour
Three of the five water-wise tour gardens replaced thirsty lawns. Located in Poway and Rancho Bernardo, all showcase succulents, California natives and other Mediterranean-climate plants. Refreshments, plant sale and garden-product vendors.
10th Annual California Native Plant Garden Tour
Tour goers are guided past 15 front-yard gardens in the historic Seaside neighborhood of downtown Oceanside. Along the 1½-mile route, native plant experts will answer questions and refreshments will be sold.
Bernardo Gardeners Garden Tour
A garden reborn from the ashes of the 2007 wildfire is one of five tour gardens spread across four Rancho Bernardo neighborhoods. An organic vegetable garden and a bird and butterfly garden also are featured. Free refreshments and a color bowl sale.
Encinitas Garden Festival & Tour
Twenty-plus tour gardens in Leucadia range from a bird lover’s native plant refuge to an oasis of rare tropical plants and artists’ hideaways filled with sculptures, including a collection of cows. Garden marketplace, food vendors and free talks.
Tickets: Adults $21, children $7 in advance; adults $25, children $10 on event day
“A Floral Olympiad” — The 87th Annual Coronado Flower Show
A festive tent in Spreckels Park is home to floral displays, information booths, a beer garden and entertainment. Maps are available there for drive-by visits to winning front-yard gardens around the village.
17th Annual Friends of East County Arts Garden Tour
Dick Streeper, rose columnist for this newspaper for many years, opens his garden for this tour. A putting green, boccie court, outdoor chess set, ponds and other garden amenities fill the other five tour stops located around East County. Craft vendors and refreshments.
Tickets: $15 in advance; $18 on event day
11th Annual Point Loma Garden Walk
Eight large gardens and a couple of the homes they surround will open for touring in the bay-view La Playa area of Point Loma. Included are two Michael Buckner garden designs, a Tuscan villa with a vineyard and a historic home with an art-embellished succulent garden. New this year is the Dana Diamond escorted tour with transportation and lunch. Garden Boutique and plant sale.
Ramona Garden Club Spring Sale and Garden Tour
A parklike landscape with panoramic vistas, a cactus and succulent garden and a 250-bush rose garden are among the seven stops around rural Ramona on this self-guided tour. Plant sale, vendors and opportunity drawing at the Ramona Library.
“Go Wild!” — San Diego Native Garden Tour
Twenty-five native plant gardens across the county are featured on this inaugural two-day tour. Included are stops at home and public gardens as well as landscape restorations. Talks, plant sale and marketplace, chance drawing for a garden design.
“Water-wise and Butterflies” — 15th Annual Sage & Songbirds Festival and Garden Tour
A three-day tour of six bird- and butterfly-friendly gardens in Alpine plus a raptor rehabilitation facility is part of this festival; it includes a free butterfly release, a habitat plant sale, information booths and vendors at Viejas Outlets Showcourt May 5-6.
Tickets: $15 in advance; $20 after April 1
“Rambling Through the Ranch” Garden Tour
Trolleys transport visitors to five Rancho Santa Fe gardens and return for a lunch, garden marketplace and entertainment. Tour stops include a Tuscan estate with wine-producing vineyard, a ranch-style adobe landscaped with natives and succulents and a Mediterranean view home’s lush hillside garden and orchard.
Tickets: $45 ($30 for garden club members)
16th Annual Clairemont Town Council Garden Tour
In addition to 15 gardens in the Clairemont neighborhood, this tour includes an afternoon-long reception with talks by gardening experts on energy efficiency, “green” gardening and other topics. Refreshments.
Tickets: $12 in advance; $15 on event day
Mission Hills Garden Walk
More than a dozen gardens around bungalows and historic estates in the heart of Mission Hills highlight this pre-Mother’s Day tour. Three stops showcase urban farming. Marketplace and wine tasting at Mission Hills Nursery.
Tickets: $25 in advance; $30 day of event; children under 12, free
17th Annual Country Garden Tour of Fallbrook
The home garden of sculptor Jim Helms, the ornamental and edible garden of a permaculture practitioner, and a stylized cactus garden are among the seven stops on this tour. The event begins at Palomares House on Stagecoach Lane, where refreshments will be served and garden items and art will be sold.
Tickets: $20 in advance; $27 on event day
“Rosecroft Revisited: Historic Gardens of Point Loma” — San Diego Floral Association Historic Garden Tour
Rosecroft, the Italian Renaissance home of Floral Association founder Alfred D. Robinson built 100 years ago, is the centerpiece of this tour that includes five other historic gardens in Point Loma. Marketplace.
Tickets: $20 in advance; $25 on event day
14th Annual Secret Garden Tour of La Jolla
Destination gardens are not announced until tour day, but past tours have visited both charming cottage gardens and sprawling seaside estates. Special Platinum Tour includes transportation and brunch. Musical entertainment and tabletop displays.
Tickets: $50 ($40 for La Jolla Historical Society members)
Sixth Annual Loma Portal Home & Garden Tour
Xeriscape gardens, outdoor entertaining spaces and renovated historic homes and landscapes will be part of this eight-to-10-garden tour in the Loma Portal area of Point Loma. Craft fair and opportunity drawing at Loma Portal Elementary School.
(Via Mary James is a San Diego freelance garden writer).
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