The Venice Garden & Home Tour will shine this spring with 30 gardens and 
homes on Saturday, May 5, 2012 from 10:00am – 5:00pm. Ticket details below.

This annual fundraising event for the Neighborhood Youth Association’s Las Doradas Children’s Center will take tour-goers to Venice neighborhoods east of Lincoln Boulevard and into Mar Vista.

Tour-goers will walk, ride or bike through quiet, sun-drenched neighborhoods nearby, but distinctly, different from the bustling beach community and will see contemporary homes and gardens by some of Los Angeles’ innovative homeowners, architects and designers including Tom Carson, Gabriella Frears, Dennis Gibbens, Daniel Monti, Santiago Ortiz, Ron Radziner and Molly Reid and by landscape designers Russ Cletta, Jay Griffith, Rob Jones, and Suzanne McKevitt, among others.

Visitors will notice vibrant color everywhere; touches of gold and burnt orange blooms contrast with muted chocolate browns, green and gray backgrounds. Rust colored stuccos and barn red wood structures stand near sleek, white contemporary cubes. These Venice gardens are carefully planned and nurtured settings that bring nature indoors, create landscaped spaces between home office and family residence, include pocket vegetable gardens, rooftop plantings, and an increasing use of drought tolerant plants. Venice residents set the trends with unique use of space and materials, make and display art to enrich their lives, and take pride in generously opening their gardens to visitors. Several artists’ studios will be open including Cliff Garten’s studio.

A feature of this year’s garden tour will be the architecturally significant Gregory Ain tract, a “Utopian” enclave of 52 modest one story homes from 1947 tucked into Mar Vista. Landscape architect Garrett Eckbo planted rows of trees to create a streetscape that unifies the neighborhood and gives it a park-like atmosphere. There is so much to see and enjoy as visitors meander through Venice gardens and homes on this exceptional tour!

Ticket Info:

  • Tour starts at the Las Doradas Children’s Center, 804 Broadway, at the corner of Broadway and Pleasant View, in Venice: 10:00am – 5:00pm.
  • Tickets are $60 advance purchase or $70  day of the event.
    Buy Tickets/Get info: 310-821-1857 or email or visit the website at  
  • Neighborhood parking is available, as are shuttle buses, food stands and trucks. Biking is encouraged.
  • Children are welcome and under 12 years of age are admitted free.  
It’s All About Venice!