La Jolla’s annual Secret Garden Tour will take some new paths


“One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation,” said British author W. E. Johns. Local garden lovers will be able to experience this firsthand on Saturday, May 19, as they anticipate and stroll through the 14th annual Secret Garden Tour of La Jolla.

Sponsored by the La Jolla Historical Society, the Secret Garden Tour allows participants to enjoy a variety of La Jolla gardens, normally hidden from view, in a variety of neighborhoods, from the coastline to the hills. The event includes both a self-guided tour and a shuttle bus Platinum Tour.

• The self-guided tour runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants check in at the Wisteria Cottage, 780 Prospect St., to receive their program booklet with the locations of the six secret gardens, a map of the tour, and an ID wristband. The gardens can be visited in any order; visiting all six gardens takes approximately two-and-a-half hours.

Tickets are $40 for Historical Society members and $50 for non-members and can be purchased in advance or at the cottage on the day of the tour for $5 more.

• The Platinum Tour begins at the Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, 9700 N. Torrey Pines Road at 9:15 a.m. and includes a tour of the hotel’s drought-tolerant garden and a brunch, followed by shuttle transportation to the gardens. The Platinum Tour includes one extra garden and docent guides. Tickets are $140 for Historical Society members and $150 for non-members and must be purchased by May 11.


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— Linda Hutchinson