A garden tour is an opportunity to step into a different world – one where botanical colors, shapes, and fragrances command attention, summon the imagination, and lead to an escape from the world of the ordinary.
For two decades La Jolla Historical Society’s Secret Garden Tour has provided the opportunity to step into the extraordinary world of La Jolla’s private gardens. The Secret Garden Tour is much anticipated on the community’s spring calendar, and leaves a legacy throughout the year with financial support for the Society’s exhibitions and educational programs
In addition to the plants and landscaping, the Tour includes opportunities to explore unique designs and in the company of garden enthusiasts and friends. La Jolla’s tour often includes historic homes and examples of unique architecture, and the gardens are made special with the presence of live musicians, plein air artists, and dining table designs. On the lawn of the Society’s Wisteria Cottage, the Garden Boutique showcases merchants with items of interest to gardeners and homeowners. And now on Friday night, the Candlelight Garden Soirée celebrates the beginning of the Tour weekend.
The Secret Garden tour began more than 20 years ago as an undertaking of a small group under the chairmanship of Linda Marrone and Susan Vandendriesse. Today it runs with multiple committees, dozens of volunteers, and with the help of the Society’s Board of Directors. The day of the Tour—the Saturday after Mother’s Day—brings hundreds of visitors to La Jolla to enjoy the gardens and the restaurants, galleries, and ambiance of the village.
Through the years many La Jolla homeowners have generously opened their gardens for viewing on this special day in May, providing an enchanting opportunity to visit and experience the charm behind the garden gates.
Friday Night Candlelight Garden Soirée - Friday, May 15, 2020
On Friday, May 15, 2020 La Jolla Historical Society kicks off the 2020 Secret Garden Tour with a Friday Night Candlelight Garden Soirée! This intimate gathering provides guests an opportunity to mix and mingle with other garden enthusiasts while enjoying hors d'oeuvres, wine and music all by candlelight. This enchanting evening garden experience has a limited number of tickets and will sell out quickly. Tickets: $75 | $65 with the purchase of a Secret Garden Tour Platinum tour ticket.
Saturday Secret Garden Tour of La Jolla - Saturday, May 16, 2020
Platinum Tour Ticket
The Platinum Tour starts at a beautiful private setting, where you will enjoy an elegant brunch followed by shuttle transportation to the gardens with docent guides. Our shuttle buses will drop you off at the entrance to each garden. Tickets: $150 general admission | $140 for La Jolla Historical Society Members.
Self-Guided Tour Ticket
Secret Garden Boutique
Saturday, May 16, 2020 | 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
780 Prospect Street
La Jolla, CA 92037
Open to the Public
Come shop and enjoy a collection of gardening accessories, plants and gifts available for purchase. Shop for vintage and new finds. We have selections from various vendors known for their special artistic style and craftsmanship. You'll find unique items for all settings, from a small windowsill to a grand seaside estate landscape.
Visit throughout the day for shopping, coffee and a stroll under the wisteria-covered pergola with your friends.