Tour nine beautiful gardens showcasing all that San Diego horticulture has to offer by attending “From the Valley to the Sea,” the annual spring garden tour, hosted by the San Diego Horticultural Society. During this year’s event, which takes place on Saturday, April 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., you’ll have the opportunity to stroll through residential gardens located in a variety of terrains, from the fertile low-lying gardens of Carmel Valley to the sloping hillsides of Del Mar. Although every garden is designed to thrive in San Diego’s mild Mediterranean climate, each exhibits a unique approach to creating splendor. While you stroll the gardens, be sure to stop by and see the team from Garden Design Magazine on the tour route!

During the 2016 spring garden tour, hosted by the San Diego Horticultural Society, tour nine residential gardens showcasing the divergence of San Diego horticulture, including this secluded paradise with a breath-taking display of palms, bamboo, Mediterranean plants, and fruit trees. Photo by: Barbara Raub.

Highlights of the 2016 tour include an Hawaiian hilltop paradise filled with colorful succulents, bromeliads, flowering vines, and unusual palms; a meticulously-maintained succulent garden displaying a jewel-box array of plants in a stunning variety of colors; and a palm-studded utopia with a breath-taking display of palms, bamboo, Mediterranean plants, and fruit trees. To read descriptions of all the gardens on the tour, visit the SDHS website.

Colorful succulents and bromeliads thrive in this Hawaiian-inspired hilltop garden. An imported teakwood wall, a koi pond, numerous rare plants, and exotic statuary are some of the other highlights of this artful garden. Photo by: San Diego Horticultural Society.

The tour will be held rain or shine and is self-guided, so you can set your own pace. In addition to viewing the gardens, participants can also shop for garden-related items and see a display of innovative irrigation techniques. A special attraction this year will be the Del Mar Garden Club’s Annual Plant Sale, featuring one-of-a-kind living plant arrangements and plant art. You can purchase tickets on the day of the tour or avoid the lines by purchasing them in advance online. The price is $25 for SDHS members and $35 for non-members.

Nestled among eucalyptus and pine trees, this East Del Mar garden was once bordered by lawn. Faced with the challenge of reducing water usage by 35%, the owner is transitioning to a lawn-free, drought-tolerant landscape. Photo by: San Diego Horticultural Society.

A tapestry of agaves, jade, aloes, barrel cactus, and variegated elephant bush beckons visitors down a stone-lined path in this enchanting succulent garden. Photo by: San Diego Horticultural Society.

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