La Jolla Historical Society’s Secret Garden Tour set for May 16

Event includes brunch at La Jolla Country Club

The La Jolla Historical Society’s 17th Secret Garden Tour — an annual springtime frolic through gardens normally secreted behind garden walls — will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 16. The gardens featured will be revealed only when guests check in at the historic Wisteria Cottage, 780 Prospect St.

Docent-Guided Platinum Tour guests will discover the gardens featured, including an additional garden just for them, when they check in for brunch at the La Jolla Country Club, with shuttle transportation and docent guides to each garden. Platinum Tour tickets are $140 for historical society members, $150 for non-members.

Self-Guided Tour tickets are $40 for society members, $50 for non-members. Rain or shine, the gardens open at 10 a.m. with check-in at Wisteria Cottage, when guests will receive a pamphlet with locations of the secret gardens, a tour map, and the wristband necessary to gain entrance at each garden. Guests will determine their own order of visiting the gardens open for touring.

A Secret Garden Boutique on the grounds of the Wisteria Cottage will be open to the public with unique and vintage decor to dress up the tiniest windowsill or enhance a grand seaside landscape. The boutique opens at 9 a.m. A complimentary wine-tasting and silent auction will be offered to paid guests from 3 p.m. until the boutique closes at 5:30 p.m.

Proceeds from the garden tour support the La Jolla Historical Society programs. For reservations, visit or call (858) 459-5335.

About La Jolla Historical Society

LJHS is dedicated to the discovery, collection and preservation of La Jolla’s heritage.

Its offices and research center are at 7846 Eads Ave., open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. The exhibition gallery is located within the LJHS’s historic Wisteria Cottage, 780 Prospect St., open noon to 4 p.m., Thursday-Sunday. LJHS is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.