Southern California spring garden tours for 2013

It's time for our annual list of spring garden tours and events, for all you planners. Be sure to check organizers' websites for more information and updates, because some events do sell out. Additions to the list and suggestions are welcome via reader comments.

April 6-7: More than 40 gardens, each planted with at least 50% California native plants, will be featured in the 10th annual self-guided tour organized by the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Members $10, nonmembers $15. Tickets purchased on or before March 20 will be mailed. After March 20, electronic receipts can be redeemed for tickets at the Theodore Payne Foundation or at selected houses on the day of the event. (818) 768-1802.

April 20: The self-guided Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase will feature 96 drought-resistant, edible and ocean-friendly landscapes. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free.


April 20-21: California Poppy Festival features food, music and crafts. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Lancaster City Park, 43011 N. 10th St. West, Lancaster. $5 to $8.

April 20-21: Thousands of vegetable and ornamental plants donated by growers will be for sale in an annual fund-raiser benefiting the civic beautification organization America in Bloom Santa Paula and Santa Clara Valley Hospice Group. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 20, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 21, at 287 S. Briggs Road, Santa Paula. Information: (805) 732-9677.

April 21: The Santa Monica Bay Auxiliary presents the second annual Spring Garden Event. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rain or shine. $40. (310) 582-0079.

April 21: The Los Angeles Garden Tour and Party will include stops in Brookside, Hancock Park and Windsor Square. The tour begins at Getty House, the official residence of the mayor of Los Angeles. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. $65 to $70. (213) 243-8182.

April 25-28: More than 75 vendors will attend the 24th annual Southern California Sping Garden Show at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. Free. (800) 782-8888.

April 27: The Ark of San Juan's fifth annual garden tour highlights landscapes in San Juan Capistrano. (949) 388-0034.

April 27: The South Coast chapter of the California Native Plant Society presents its 19th annual spring garden tour of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. 9:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. $20 to $25. Reservations: (310) 629-0500.

April 27-28: The Riverside Flower Show and Garden Tour will highlight private gardens open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Flower show hours are 1 to 6 p.m. April 27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 28. Elks Lodge, 6166 Brockton Drive, Riverside. $10. (951) 643-8890.

April 27-28: The Floral Park neighborhood of north Santa Ana will host its 21st annual home and garden tour. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $25 in advance; $30 on the day of the tour. (714) 648-0904.

April 28: The Garden Conservancy Open Days tour of private gardens in Pasadena runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5 per garden. (888) 842-2442.

April 28: Fullerton Beautiful’s Open Gardens Tour is a self-guided look at eight gardens. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $10. (714) 871-4156.

May 3: The self-guided Gate and Garden Tour will highlight gardens on Lombardy Lane in south Laguna Beach. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $45 to $50; advance tickets only.

May 4: The annual self-guided Venice Garden & Home Tour will feature contemporary homes and gardens by architects such as Marc Bricault, Don Dimster, Isabelle Duvivier, John France, Michael Santa and Steven Shortridge and landscape designers such as Russ Cletta, Jay Griffith's studio, Andre Jackson and Di Zock. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rain or shine. $60 in advance, $70 day of event. Neighborhood Youth Assn.’s Las Doradas Children’s Center, 804 Broadway Ave., Venice. (310) 821-1857.

May 4: The 17th annual Old Town Tustin Promenade Home & Garden Tour includes crafts and walks. $20.

May 5: The Garden Conservancy Open Days in Los Angeles moves to Los Feliz and Hollywood for the first time. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5 per garden. (888) 842-2442.

May 16: 16th annual Newport Harbor Home and Garden Tour highlights six homes and ends with an afternoon reception hosted by Barclay Butera Interiors. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $65, includes lunch. (949) 722-9473.

May 18: Friends of Robinson Gardens will present the 25th annual “... Into the Garden” benefit showcasing five private gardens as well as 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.

May 19: The Rossmoor Woman’s Club will host its 10th annual Garden Tour and Outdoor Living, a self-guided tour of properties in Seal Beach. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $11. (562) 810-7139.

June 9: The San Clemente Garden Club presents its annual self-guided tour of several gardens in San Clemente. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (949) 498-3317.

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