Some Highlights at "Autumn in the Garden" Tour Stops
On Oct. 1, eight gardens owned and tended by Master Gardeners in the scenic Point Loma area will be open for visits when the San Diego Master Gardener Association presents “Autumn in the Garden Tour & Market.”
Here is a preview of the gardens and some highlights of each.
Drawing on more than 50 years of gardening experience, this family designed their garden to include herbs, vegetables, fruit trees, roses, natives, California friendly plants, and beautiful ornamental shrubsDon’t miss – The lath house with its collection of orchids, staghorn ferns and epiphyllums.
This garden reflects many years of organic, eco-friendly and drought-tolerant gardening. Found garden art adds to the ambiance, while rain harvesting and gray water irrigation help conserve water.
Don’t miss – The chicken coop made of recycled materials.
Front and back yards, formerly lawns, are now a sustainable and drought-tolerant cottage garden. In the front are Mediterranean and California friendly plants mixed with herbs and ornamental grasses; in the rear are terraced planting beds that include edibles and fruit trees.
Don’t miss - The efficient micro-spray drip irrigation system and low-chill cherry trees that produce fruit along the coast.
This garden is the only one on the street without a lawn. Both the front entrance with its lush palms and courtyard with its bird-friendly water feature showcase unusual plants and sustainable gardening practices.
Don’t miss – A rainwater collection system and shade-loving succulents.
A newly designed outdoor living room beautifully enhances this Spanish revival style home that celebrates multiple indoor-outdoor connections. A redesigned kitchen garden is a stylish source of veggies, fruits and herbs.
Don’t miss – “Orchid alley” with dozens of orchids that thrive outdoors and a 25-year-old Cup of Gold vine hedge.
This intimate garden blends edibles, drought tolerant plantings, perennials, succulents and tropicals. Plantings show how vertical gardening helps make the most of limited space. Artful accents include potted plants, a water fountain and charming chiminea.
Don’t miss - The geranium wall and a dry stream bed accented with water-blue succulents.
This contemporary garden, another turf-free design, highlights the bold beauty of California natives and water-wise plantings. A 100-year-old ficus tree shades a gazebo and outdoor living space in the lovely back garden with bay views.
Don’t miss – The serenity garden and a collection of Master Gardener-crafted birdhouses.
Plantings in this garden embrace an architectural landmark home and Asian-themed outdoor sculptures. Here the “Tomato Queen of Point Loma” grows dozens of heirloom tomatoes as well as vegetables and herbs in a kitchen garden nestled in the adjacent canyon.
Don’t miss – The broad canopy of a rare South African cape chestnut tree and a tomato exhibit on the patio.
In addition to the Master Gardener gardens, the “Autumn in the Garden” Tour will stop at the Silver Gate school garden.
Silver Gate Gator Garden
This 5-year-old garden was started with the help of two Master Gardeners and funded with a grant from the California Department of Education. Now a well-used outdoor classroom, it is maintained by a dedicated groups of teachers, parents, students and volunteers.
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