Grab your sun hat and camera – it’s time for The Secret Garden Tour of Old Jolla
By Kirby Brooks
Residents can stroll through some of the most exclusive gardens in town when the Historical Society presents its annual fundraiser “The Secret Garden Tour of Old La Jolla” on Saturday, May 14. This is the 13th year for the highly anticipated event. The garden locations remain a secret until the day of the tour, but according to organizers, this year’s guests will be able to wander through the extensive gardens of one of the most exclusive estates in La Jolla to study botanical grounds created with extravagant outdoor living and entertaining in mind.
Guests will also be able to visit one of 10 original homes built in Bird Rock where strawberry fields previously reigned. Its naturalistic — not to mention edible — landscape is sure to be a highlight.
“This year’s tour features such a wide variety of gardens that there is certain to be something to excite everyone,” said Devonna Hall, 2011 tour chairman. “Be sure not to miss this one-time opportunity to see one of the town’s most private and grand oceanfront estates.”
Artists will be scattered throughout the gardens, painting the perennial event as it unfolds before their eyes. Designers will display creative table decorating projects to help guests get ideas for living out their own outdoor-entertaining fantasies. The experience will be further enhanced by a variety of accomplished musicians performing throughout the tour.
Choose to experience the gardens on a Self-Guided Tour or embark upon the luxurious Platinum Tour, which begins with brunch at Estancia La Hotel and Spa. The Platinum Tour boasts an additional exclusive Secret Garden, shuttle service including docents, and a commemorative gift.
The La Jolla Historical Society, a 501 © (3) non-profit, has been preserving La Jolla’s heritage and educating the public since 1963.
“The Secret Garden Tour is an important part of the Society’s success,” said executive director John Bolthouse. “Not only does this event provide essential income for the Society, it enables us to broaden our appeal within the community, as evident in the tremendous number of dedicated volunteers the event attracts, the support of La Jolla’s small business community, and the magnanimous hospitality of the owners of these great and historic gardens.”
If you go
What: “Secret Garden Tour of Old La Jolla”
When: Rain or shine, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 14
Where: Depart from Wisteria Cottage, 780 Prospect
Advance tickets: Platinum tour $140. Self-guided tour $40 members, $50 non-members at lajollahistory.org or (858) 459-5335
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