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Spring is the season for garden tours, and Southern California has an abundance of them. Here is a selection of 2014 spring tours to mark on your calendar. Be sure to check organizers' websites for more information and updates because some events sell out. Most are rain-or-shine.

April 5-6: More than 40 gardens in the Los Angeles region are featured in the annual self-guided tour organized by the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Members $15, nonmembers $20. (818) 768-1802; www.theodorepayne.org.

April 12-13: The Riverside Flower Show and Garden Tour. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Flower show is 1 to 6 p.m. April 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 13. Elks Lodge, 6166 Brockton Drive, Riverside. $8 to $10. (951) 643-8890; www.riversideflowershow.info.

April 13. Santa Barbara Botanic Garden presents Cultivating the Wild, a self-guided tour of nine sustainable, drought-tolerant gardens in which native plants play a leading role. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $30. Advance registration is required. (805) 682-4726, Ext. 102; registrations@sbbg.org; www.sbbg.org.

April 26: The self-guided Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase will feature six neighborhood clusters within walking distance made up of California native and drought-tolerant plantings and edibles. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free; marvistagreengardenshowcase.blogspot.com.

April 26-27: The Floral Park Home and Garden Tour will highlight six homes and two gardens in the neighborhood north of Santa Ana. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $25 in advance; $30 on the day of the tour. (714) 648-0904; www.floralpark.com.

April 27: The Los Angeles Garden Tour and Party sponsored by the Windsor Square Hancock Park Historical Society will explore bee-friendly gardens. Tour begins at 419 S. Lorraine Blvd. 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $65 to $70. (213) 243-8182; www.losangelesgardentour.org.

April 27: South Pasadena Beautiful hosts a tour of seven sustainable gardens located south of Huntington Drive and between Fletcher and Fremont Avenues. 1 to 4 p.m. Plant swap at 2040 La France. Free. www.southpasbeautiful.org.

April 27: Homes in Pasadena, South Pasadena and San Marino will be featured in the Garden Conservancy Open Days self-guided tour. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Maps and discounted tickets available at Arlington Garden, 275 Arlington Drive, Pasadena, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $7 per garden or $35 for six tickets. (888) 842-2442; www.opendaysprogram.org.

April 27: The self-guided Fullerton Beautiful's Open Gardens Tour will highlight seven gardens in Fullerton. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $10. Tour begins at the Fullerton College Horticulture Department, 321 E. Chapman Ave. (714) 871-4156; www.fullertonbeautiful.org.

April 27: The Pacific Palisades Spring Garden Tour of seven gardens in Santa Monica and Pacific Palisades will include a free tour of the Temescal Canyon native plant garden. Noon to 4 p.m. $30. (310) 454-1030; www.pacpalgardenclub.org.

May 3: The self-guided Gate and Garden Tour will highlight gardens in the Crescent Bay neighborhood of Laguna Beach. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $45 to $50. www.lagunabeachgardenclub.org.

May 3: The annual self-guided Venice Garden & Home Tour will feature 30 gardens and homes on the walk streets east of Abbot Kinney Boulevard and adjacent to the Venice boardwalk. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $60 in advance, $70 day of event. Tour begins at the Neighborhood Youth Association, 1016 Pleasant View Avenue, Venice. (310) 821-1857; www.venicegardentour.org.

May 3: The 18th annual Old Town Tustin Promenade Home & Garden Tour includes vintage and antique car displays, quilts and crafts. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $20 pre-sale, $25 day of event. Tour starts at Tustin Presbyterian Church, 225 W. Main St. (714) 731-5701; www.tustinhistory.com.

May 3-4: The Mary Lou Heard Memorial Garden Tour will highlight 43 residential gardens from Long Beach to San Clemente. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donation. www.heardsgardentour.com.

 May 10: The Garden Conservancy Open Days tour highlights seven gardens in Beverly Hills. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $7 per garden or $35 for six tickets. Tour begins at Greystone Mansion and Park, 905 Loma Vista Drive, Beverly Hills. (888) 842-2442; www.opendaysprogram.org.

May 15: 17th annual Newport Harbor Home and Garden Tour spotlights several homes and gardens in the seaside town and ends with an afternoon reception hosted by Barclay Butera Interiors. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $75 until May 7; $85 May 8-15, includes lunch. (949) 722-9473; www.newportharborhometour.com.

May 17: Friends of Robinson Gardens will present the 26th annual "... Into the Garden" benefit showcasing four private gardens and offering tours of the Virginia Robinson estate in Beverly Hills. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $200. 1008 Elden Way, Beverly Hills. (310) 550-2068; www.robinsongardens.org.

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