There are so many things to do in La Jolla that it’s usually hard to know where to start.
However, if you’ll be in town this weekend (May 18-19) and you’d like to see some of La Jolla’s best private gardens – the decision is easy.
The Secret Garden Tour of La Jolla on Saturday offers a chance to wander through six beautiful gardens and, in most cases, also the homes they surround. This year these houses range from two La Jolla Farms properties (near UCSD) that might remind you of the Italian countryside, as well as a Cape Cod cottage garden, a 1925 California Tudor with garden, and a lofty estate with lushly landscaped grounds.
You can buy tickets on the La Jolla Historical Society’s Web site. The tour is self-guided – drive yourself from house to house, spending as much time as you want in each place. Maps are provided. The gardens are open from 10am to 4pm – which means your things to do in La Jolla will also include choosing a spot for lunch.
When you tour the gardens, you’ll find yourself surrounded by lots of local residents. This annual event is very popular because it’s a fundraiser for the La Jolla Historical Society, but also because we like to have a look-see at each other’s homes and gardens.
The other folks you’ll notice are musicians and artists who add a touch of class to the day.
More things to do in La Jolla: stop by the Secret Garden Boutique at Wisteria Cottage, 780 Prospect Street between 9 am and 5:30 pm. They’ll be selling succulents, orchids, antiques, gourmet farm products, and vintage garden art.
This year, I’m one of many plant information volunteers who will be on hand in the gardens to answer question.I hope you’ll stop by and say hello.