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We have an obligation to maintain these places...so that people may be in the presence of forces larger than those of the moment.

Ken Burns   Documentary Film Director and Preservationist

The Secret Garden Tour of La Jolla

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

Overview

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 celebrate this unique seaside community. What started as a small ‘seed’ of an idea, to help get La Jollan's interested in historic preservation and cultural landscapes, has sprouted into a beloved annual event that attracts thousands of people. The Tour generates essential financial support for the Society’s mission to make La Jolla’s diverse past a relevant part of contemporary life, with opportunities for residents and visitors to explore history, art, ideas and culture.

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.

Event Tickets

Self-Guided Tour

Tickets for the 2017 Secret Garden Tour will go on sale February 20, 2017!

The Self-Guided Tour starts with check-in at Wisteria Cottage, 780 Prospect Street. There you'll receive your program booklet with the locations of the secret gardens, a map of the tour and your wristband necessary to gain entrance. You may visit the gardens in any order you wish.

Platinum Tour

Tickets for the 2017 Secret Garden Tour will go on sale February 20, 2017!

The Platinum Tour starts at a beautiful private setting, where you will enjoy an elegant brunch followed by shuttle transportation to the gardens with docent guides. Our shuttle buses will drop you off at the entrance to each garden. The Tour will also include an added special garden for the Platinum Tour patrons only.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Every Sponsorship helps support the La Jolla Historical Society’s efforts to preserve La Jolla’s heritage. 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 preservation 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.

Learn more about our sponsorship opportunities and benefits!

Garden Hosts

If you interested in volunteering in one of the gardens, please submit this form. Garden volunteers receive a free pass for the tour, and preference is given to La Jolla Historical Society members. Details will be provided as winter turns to spring. Thank you.

Secret Garden Boutique

Saturday, May 20th, 2017  |  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.

Prospective Vendors
We are continually seeking unique vendors who fit our special garden boutique market atmosphere. Please include your contact name, email address, web site, types of products you sell and photos of your booth set up. We will get back to you as soon as possible. 

Please forward any inquiries to: secretgardentour@lajollahistory.org

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