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Secret Garden Tour of La Jolla

La Jolla Historical Society's annual Secret Garden Tour of La Jolla


Every spring, the La Jolla Historical Society extends a rare invitation to the public to stroll behind the garden gates of some of La Jolla’s loveliest, secluded gardens, normally concealed from view by strategic growth of mature trees, vines or foliage.

The Tour aims to feature a variety of garden styles. Past tours have showcased some of La Jolla’s large estate gardens, as well as intimate cottage-style, romantic Mediterranean, formal French and English gardens. The locations are kept secret and only revealed in the program distributed the day of the Tour.

The gardens will again be enhanced with music performed by local musicians, tabletop displays by local designers and merchants, and by La Jolla artists in the process of capturing each home and garden’s unique beauty.


The Secret Garden Tour began with the goal of raising public awareness of the La Jolla Historical Society and its efforts to preserve our unique seaside community. What started as a small ‘seed’ of an idea, to get La Jollans interested in preservation, has sprouted into a beloved annual event that attracts thousands of people.  The Tour generates essential financial support for the Society’s mission to discover, collect and preserve La Jolla’s heritage, and in the process makes new friends for the La Jolla Historical Society.

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.


The La Jolla Historical Society's Eighteenth Anuual Secret Garden Tour of La Jolla will be held on Saturday, May 14th, 2016.



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The Secret Garden Tour is La Jolla Historical Society’s primary annual fundraising initiative.  Proceeds from this event make it possible for the Society to care for its extensive and unique collections, create and expand educational programs, and support efforts to advocate for the preservations of La Jolla’s special character.  Our community’s heritage is something to be proud of and events like the Secret Garden Tour enable the Society to be a true champion of that heritage.

We invite you to join our efforts! Click Support Us for sponsorship, underwriting and donor opportunities. The La Jolla Historical Society is a 501(c)3 organization.


The Secret Garden Boutique

The Secret Garden Boutique

Saturday, May 14th, 2016
9:00 am  to  5:30 pm

Wisteria Cottage

780 Prospect Street
La Jolla, CA  92037

Open to the Public Come shop and enjoy a collection of gardening accessories, plants and gifts available for purchase.  Shop for vintage and new finds. We have selections from various vendors known for their special artistic style and craftsmanship. You'll find unique items for all settings, from a small windowsill to a grand seaside estate landscape.

Visit throughout the day for shopping, coffee and a stroll under the wisteria-covered pergola with your friends.




Secret Garden Tour 2015 Sponsors

Title Sponsor:  


Media Sponsor:


Lily Sponsors:

-Dr. Seuss Foundation



Gardenia Sponsors:

-Coldwell Bankers

- Island Architects

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Gerbera Sponsors:

- Crown Point Tree Clippers
- Louis Tommasino CPA
- Peek Brothers
- Shorehouse Kitchen
- Warwicks

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Sweet Pea:

- The Ascot Shop