ENCINITAS — Get tickets now for the Encinitas Garden Festival and Tour from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 26. This year’s event features a self-guided walking tour of 18 private gardens in a quaint and eclectic neighborhood of Encinitas. Residents will open their garden gates to welcome the public for this special one-day tour. Advance tickets and reservations for adults are $23. Children up to 10 are $7. Day-of tickets are $30.
The day-long festival includes a Gardener’s Marketplace that serves as the event’s central hub. Marketplace vendors offer unusual plants, vegetable seedlings, garden art, food, beverages and more. Exhibitors and guest speakers provide information about gardening in San Diego, covering topics such as small space gardens, drought tolerant plants, bees and fruit trees.
The 2014 tour showcases a mix of new and old gardens, each with styles and characteristics that are relatable to all levels of garden enthusiasts. This year’s garden neighborhood features mini orchards that include apple, avocado, citrus, stone fruit and pomegranate, in addition to backyard chickens, and creative uses of low water succulents.
The Encinitas Garden Festival and Tour, a non-profit organization, donates to the community by supporting gardening and horticultural projects including but not limited to the San Diego Botanic Garden, Community Resource Center, the Encinitas Library and their garden book section, horticultural scholarships at Mira Costa College, Healthy Day Partners, and garden projects at local schools through the Encinitas Garden Festival Fund at the Coastal Community Foundation.
Double-decker buses shuttle tour guests between the parking lot and the Gardener’s Marketplace. From the marketplace, attendees set out on an easy walk into the surrounding neighborhood for a self-guided walking tour of the featured gardens. For more information, visit encinitasgardenfestival.org.