The La Jolla Historical Society has been hosting the Secret Garden Tour every May since 1998, when it began with a simple goal: to raise awareness for the Historical Society and promote a sense of cultural preservation. What started as a way to get the community of La Jolla interested in preservation has grown into a treasured and consistently sold-out annual event. Explore a side of La Jolla that’s normally hidden from the public eye and discover a handful of botanical gems on May 16.
The Tour generally features a variety of garden styles – past years have showcased some of La Jolla’s largest estate gardens, in addition to intimate cottage-style, romantic Mediterranean, and formal French and English gardens. To make it even more special, all of the locations are kept secret until the day of, when they’re printed in the distributed program.
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There are two versions of the Tour: the Self-Guided Tour, and the Platinum Tour which includes an elegant brunch and shuttle transportation to the gardens. Tickets for the self-guided tour (nonmembers) are $50 and can be purchased on the La Jolla Historical Society website. The gardens open at 10 a.m. sharp, with check-in at Wisteria Cottage where 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 can determine their own order of visiting the gardens.
If you can’t make the tour, the Garden Boutique will be on display from 9am til 5:30pm at Wisteria Cottage. Browse a collection of gardening accessories, plants, and gifts, as well as table displays by local designers and merchants. There will be live music and artists on-site capturing the home and gardens’ unique beauty. Find unique items for everything from a household windowsill to a grand seaside landscape, both vintage and new. The boutique is open to the public and no tickets are required, so drop by at any point in the day for a cup of coffee and some shopping.
Wisteria Cottage is located at 780 Prospect Street in La Jolla. If you’re interested in the tour, don’t wait to purchase tickets – they sell out every year!
[source: lajollahistory.org/photos: facebook.com/lajollahistory]
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