I hope you were among the happy people who experienced the Secret Garden Tour of La Jolla on Saturday. It was a glorious event – made even better by perfect weather.
The gardens were clipped, weeded, and groomed to perfection – and so beautiful that I can’t resist sharing some photos.
In addition to outdoor attractions, guests were able to walk through the houses and admire a wide variety of interior décor styles. I wasn’t the only one taking notes and pictures for future reference.
In keeping with Secret Garden Tour tradition, musicians performed in each garden and artists painted their favorite spot.
As much as I enjoyed the music and in-progress paintings, this year it was the tabletop designs that took my breath away. I never cease to be amazed at the talented people who live in our community. In one case, the homeowner is a designer and created the vibrant arrangements that complemented the flowers in her garden. Can you even imagine getting your house, your garden, and several spectacular centerpieces ready all at the same time? Does this woman never sleep?
This year none of the homes offered ocean views, but three had beautiful swimming pools and all provided innovative ideas for outdoor living. Sitting areas around fireplaces? Yep. Al fresco kitchens? You bet. Wedding lawns? One beautiful one. Indoor-outdoor rooms? One of the best examples I’ve ever seen. My husband and I spent hours Saturday night trying to figure out how we could create an indoor-outdoor space of our own. I’m also determined to find a place for a vertical garden.
So cheers to the army of volunteers who made it all possible. The Secret Garden Tour is a fundraiser for the La Jolla Historical Society and a perennial favorite of San Diegans. If you weren’t able to join us this year – mark your calendar for May 17, 2014.