Mad about manzanita? Will you walk for miles to spot a bleeding heart? This spring, you can see some of California’s most spectacular native plants on garden tours taking place in the Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, East Bay, Sacramento and Santa Clara areas.
The California Native Plant Society has the full lineup of dates right here. Ryan and I love these kinds of tours, which let you see indigenous plants and other wildlife in landscapes both public and private. (And, in many cases, talk to the gardeners who cultivate these spaces.) We always end up bringing home new ideas for our own backyard, new species obsessions, new suggestions for friends who want to replace their lawns with drought-tolerant beauties.
This weekend, we’ll be attending the Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour in L.A. Saturday April 2 and Sunday, April 3, this self-guided tour takes you inside 41 public and private gardens—on Saturday, Westside and South Bay gardens will be featured; on Sunday, Eastside, San Fernando Valley and San Gabriel Valley gardens will be open. Docents and garden owners will be on hand to answer your questions!
Get your tickets here. If you’re in the area, we’d love to see you this weekend. If you can’t make it, we’ll be posting photos from the tours on Instagram—so don’t miss a blooming moment. Below is a sneak peek at some of the gardens that will be open during this weekend’s tour…
All photos courtesy of the 2016 Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour
Meanwhile in San Diego, the Garden Native Tour also kicks off this weekend! Here’s our recap of the 2014 tour; long story short, we loved every minute of it. For our friends in the north, native garden tours will be happening throughout the month of April and into early May—in Sonoma, Alameda, Contra Costa, Sacramento, Yolo, Marin, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Get full details here.