Thursday, April 21, 2011

'Tis the season for garden tours

Late spring in San Diego is the season for garden tours. If you have never participated in any of the numerous local events, this might be a great time to start. Satisfy your voyeurism, get inspired! They are a great way to connect with the local gardening community, and, of course, to spy on what your neighbors are doing.

One tour in particular reached out to me, the Loma Portal Home and Garden Tour on May 14. It benefits Loma Portal Elementary School’s Music Program and will include eight to ten homes and gardens in the Loma Portal neighborhood. Tickets are online at

Here is list of a few more garden tours in and around San Diego this spring, care of Sunset Magazine:

April 23, Point Loma, Annual Point Loma Garden Walk
April 23, Balboa Park, San Diego.  Annual Rare Fruit Plant Sale sponsored by the San Diego Chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers.  More info on their website.
April 30, Encinitas, Encinitas Garden Festival & Tour
May 7, San Diego, Annual Garden Walk of the Mission Hills Garden Club.
June 18, Old House Fair in South Park (thank you Ben for the reminder)

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Gorgeous xeriscaping at Liberty Station

It is definitely spring in Liberty Station this week! If you haven't spent any time there, it is worth a visit. The converted Naval Training Center is now a lovely little shopping district, medium density housing, and plenty of park land and walking trails.  This is one of the trails burgeoning with iceplant blossoms. After your walk, make sure to stop in to Tender Greens for an amazing meal and a glass of wine on their patio. It'll make for a very relaxing Sunday afternoon, or at least, it did for me.