A guide to spring garden tours in Southern California 2016


Although drought conditions continue in California, the annual lineup of spring garden tours continues, with many showcasing low-water solutions. This year’s list includes everything from desert landscapes to lush seaside gardens. Be sure to check websites for more information and updates before you go, because many events sell out. Not all tours are handicap-accessible.

April 2-3: Tour more than 40 gardens composed of at least 50% native plants as part of the annual self-guided native plant tour organized by the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants. April 2 will feature gardens in Los Angeles, the Westside and South Bay; April 3 will highlight gardens in the San Fernando Valley and San Gabriel Valley. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Members, $25, nonmembers, $30. Includes admission for both days. (818) 768-1802; and

April 3: The Desert Horticultural Society of Coachella Valley hosts the 11th Desert Garden Tour featuring desert-friendly, water-conserving gardens of all sizes, from small patios to HOA conversions. Noon to 4 p.m. $15.


April 16: Tour several private gardens in Newport Beach and Corona del Mar during the Sherman Library and Gardens’ annual garden tour. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Members, $50; nonmembers, $55. Lunch included. (949) 673-2261;

April 16-17: The 69th Riverside Flower Show and Garden Tour. The garden tour takes place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. The flower show is 1 to 6 p.m. April 16 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 17. Elks Lodge, 6166 Brockton Drive, Riverside. $10. (951) 777-0746;

April 16-17: The Redlands Horticultural & Improvement Society will hold its 2016 Garden Tour and Uncommon Plant Sale will include tours of six private, owner maintained gardens. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $15. Tickets are good for both days.

April 17: The Westlake Village Garden Club’s 43rd Garden Tour highlights five gardens, including an English-style drought-tolerant garden complete with a bocce court, a Balinese-inspired garden, as well as a xeriscape project. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. $25.

April 17: The Association of Professional Landscape Designers host a tour of eight sustainable gardens spanning Brentwood to Culver City. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $36.

April 17: The Pacific Palisades Spring Garden Tour of gardens in Santa Monica and Pacific Palisades includes a free tour of the Temescal Canyon native plant garden. Noon to 4 p.m. $30. (424) 268-8780;


April 17: The Creative Arts Group’s 22nd “Art of the Garden” tour will highlight six drought-tolerant gardens in Pasadena, La Canada Flintridge, Altadena and Sierra Madre. 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $30 in advance; $35 day of tour. (626) 355-8360:

April 23-24: The Floral Park Home and Garden Tour highlights homes and gardens in the neighborhood north of Santa Ana. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Advance tickets, $25; same day, $30. Classic cars and antiques vendors will be located on North Park Drive. (714) 648-0904;

April 24: South Pasadena Beautiful hosts a self-guided tour of four sustainable gardens in South Pasadena. 1 to 4 p.m. A plant swap will be held at 1635 Laurel St. Free.

April 30-May 1: The Mary Lou Heard Memorial Garden Tour highlights 36 residential gardens from Long Beach to San Clemente. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donation.

May 1: Explore six private gardens in Arcadia and Pasadena, open to the public for self-guided tours to benefit the Garden Conservancy. Maps and discounted tickets will be available at the La Casita del Arroyo Garden, 177 S. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; gardens are open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $7 per garden (children under 12 free), no reservations required, and are rain or shine. or (888) 842-2442.


May 1: The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden presents Cultivating the Wild, a tour of the native gardens on site at the botanical garden. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free with garden admission of $6 to $10. 1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara.

May 1: Ten gardens in View Park, Windsor Hills, View Heights and Ladera Heights will be open to the public during the 2016 Spring Garden Tour presented by Inspired Garden Artistry. The event begins at 10 a.m. with a vendor fair at Monteith Park, 4616 S. Mullen Ave., View Park, with the garden tour running from noon to 5 p.m. $20 to $25. (323) 312-9200.

May 1: The Windsor Square Hancock Park Historical Society sponsors a self-guided walking tour of six private gardens on Irving Boulevard between 3rd Street and Wilshire Boulevard in Windsor Square including Getty House, the residence of Mayor Eric Garcetti. 2 to 6 p.m. $50 to $60;

May 6: The Laguna Beach Garden Club hosts a self-guided walking tour of nine gardens in the city’s Village neighborhood. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $45 to $50.

May 7: Explore five private gardens in Los Angeles and Santa Monica, open to the public for self-guided tours to benefit the Garden Conservancy. Maps and discounted tickets will be available at Merrihew’s Sunset Gardens, 1526 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; gardens are open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $7 per garden (children under 12 free), no reservations required, and are rain or shine. or call (888) 842-2442.


May 12: The 19th Newport Harbor Home and Garden Tour includes stops at several homes and gardens, lunch and an afternoon reception hosted by Barclay Butera Interiors. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $85. (949) 722-9473;

May 14: Friends of Robinson Gardens presents its 28th Garden Tour benefit showcasing several private gardens in Beverly Hills and Brentwood, and tours of the Virginia Robinson estate in Beverly Hills. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets start at $225. 1008 Elden Way, Beverly Hills. (310) 550-2068;

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