Encinitas in bloom for garden tour

ENCINITAS — Tickets are available now for the 10th anniversary of the annual Encinitas Garden Festival and Tour from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 18.

The tour features a self-guided walking tour of more than 15 private gardens in an eclectic neighborhood of Encinitas. Residents will open their garden gates to welcome the public.
Admission to the garden tour is by ticket only. Tickets are $30 for adults and children (up to age 10) are $10. Adult at-the-event tickets are $35. Tickets are on sale on-line at encinitasgardenfestival.org and at local nurseries. All attendees park off-site (at no charge). Double-decker buses shuttle tour guests between the parking lot and the Gardener’s Marketplace. From the marketplace, attendees set out on foot into the surrounding neighborhood for a self-guided walking tour of featured gardens. Parking details, as well as information regarding event sponsorship and volunteering are available at EncinitasGardenFestival.org.
The day-long festival also includes a free Gardener’s Marketplace that serves as the event’s central hub. Marketplace vendors will offer succulents, flowering plants, natives, vegetable seedlings, garden art, food, birdhouses and more. Guest speakers provide information about gardening in San Diego County, covering topics such as home orchards, bee keeping and berries in the garden.
The 2015 tour showcases Encinitas, full of succulents, avocados, ocean breezes and beautiful vistas. The variety of garden styles was chosen to appeal to every garden enthusiast. Experience mature coastal landscapes, varied plant collections, edible landscapes and more, as you stroll from garden to garden. Visitors tour each garden at their own pace, enjoying the scenery and gathering ideas for their own outdoor spaces.
The Encinitas Garden Festival and Tour is a non-profit organization that donates to the community by supporting garden and horticultural projects at San Diego Botanic Garden, Community Resource Center, the Encinitas Library garden book collection, Mira Costa College horticulture scholarships, Healthy Day Partners, and local school gardens through the Encinitas Garden Festival Fund at the Coastal Community Foundation.

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