Sunday, April 24, 2016 was the Fullerton's Beautiful Garden Tour, which is held every Spring.
This year do to the drought there were not as many gardens as in the past. Two of the gardens on the tour were Fullerton's Police Station Gardens. Which was planted with succulents, stone and native California plants.
The other garden was The Emmanuel Community Church Garden. The children were encouraged to grow & experience and knowledge of plants. It really turned out very nice.
I have seen these as I drive by so we didn't go in and tour them.
Two of my friends and I went on the tour. The first garden was The Spencer Garden. There is a song that describes this garden - Afternoon Delight. It is a delight any time of the day that you step into this garden. This large property was developed in 1949. It had been part of the original Valencia orange groves enveloping the city. There were railroad tracks next to the property where trains took fruit to the packing house. The original trees are now gone along with the tracks, but through the years the grounds have housed 69 chickens for 4 H projects, goats, a horse and a pigeon house. Nancy Spencer enjoys designing and redesigning gardens which include a rose and perennial English with an arbor, fruit trees and a pond, Mediterranean shade and the newest, a succulent and cactus garden.
Each space has a relaxation and entertaining area including a front yard swimming pool with its own garden.
This was the most stunning home - I loved it. Nancy was featured in House Beautiful many years ago. This is the second time I have toured her gardens. The last was about 10 years ago and I was so happy that she was back on the tour this year.
Did you notice all her roosters and chickens around the yard. She loves them as we do.
Another home that I really liked was close to where I live in Fullerton. The Sarah Roberts Garden.
How lucky for all of us that this was on the tour. I didn't even know this beautiful garden was there.
My mind is twirling as to how I can change mine. But, I am afraid I am to old to under take this task, but I can dream.
The Collins Garden - with a fascination and love of the Orient and a passion for pink, Kathie began working on her garden in 1952. She carefully pruned and wired the black pines and junipers from small plants to large bonsai over decades to create a garden of peace and harmony. There is a Chinese writing as you enter the back yard and it reads "Welcome to the Funny Canyon Home".
Very calming and beautiful areas to sit and dream the day away.
The Sanders Garden, this Sorrento Hills home underwent a complete remodel of both the front and back yards two years ago It was designed by a local landscape architect, Alison Terry. The pool was redone using custom tiles made in Sausalito. The backyard space is maximized for entertainment and minimized for maintenance. The flower beds are watered underground and utilize an interesting array of drought resistant plants and trees.
This garden was very pretty, but way to sterile for me. There was one more garden but it was to full of succulents, rocks and gravel, which we were not interested in. We are all Cottage Garden gardeners.
Crystal had to get home to fix dinner for her family, so my friend Teryl and I went to a little Mexican restaurant that was not a fast food and had some great tacos. Yum Yum. It's hard to find original Mexican food, made from scratch.
It was a beautiful sunny day with a little breeze, a great day to be out and about on a garden tour.
This is my very large sunflower, notice the color - I didn't plant this - the birds gave me a present.
Hope you enjoyed my tour of these unusual gardens.
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Mary, Waldo and Lili, my little helpers.
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