La Jolla real estate is special for many reasons. Of them, architectural design is one of the most prominent. Many homes in La Jolla feature indoor and outdoor living areas that artfully flow together to create exquisite spaces. As a result, there are a number of properties in La Jolla that boast charming courtyards and tranquil gardens that take full advantage of the Jewel’s remarkable weather and beautiful surroundings. A select few of La Jolla’s private gardens are toured annually during an event hosted by the La Jolla Historical Society, which allows the public to admire their natural beauty.
La Jolla Historical Society's Secret Garden Tour
According to La Jolla Light, the “Secret Garden Tour” has been held annually since 1998 and is expected to raise $60,000 for the La Jolla Historical Society this year. The event will be held on Saturday, May 14th from 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will invite the public to visit six of La Jolla’s private gardens. Each location is kept secret until the day of the event, which boasts the theme, “California Living in Outdoor Rooms.”
All six gardens will feature artists creating paintings, live music and tabletop arrangements designed specifically for the event. La Jolla Light reported that, after the tour, the completed paintings will be displayed in a month-long exhibit at the La Jolla Riford Library.
According to the La Jolla Historical Society’s website, La Jolla holds an array of romantic Mediterranean, formal French, English, large estate and intimate cottage-style gardens. The tour allows visitors to admire gardens that are often hidden from view. Attendees can select from three different options, one of which includes brunch and transportation to each garden.
Gardens in the Jewel are not only admired, but also tended. There are two garden clubs in La Jolla and each is made up of avid gardeners, whose work sometimes makes headlines. Last year, La Jolla Light published a story about one of La Jolla’s gardeners who had planted milkweed on her property to attract monarch butterflies.
La Jolla Historical Society’s community events
The La Jolla Historical Society holds other events throughout the year as well, to include lectures on history and local architecture, and a classic car show.
Last month, the La Jolla Historical Society held two lecture series. The first was “Bungalow to Early Modern: Select Master Architects of La Jolla”, which surveyed key architects and styles that influenced La Jolla’s architectural designs. The second lecture series was named, “Historic Home Designation Workshop,” and shared information about the benefits and challenges of historic home designations.
One of the La Jolla Historical Society’s upcoming events is the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance & Motor Car Classic. According to the La Jolla Historical Society's website, attendees will learn about automobile history and see world-class cars, including horseless carriages, Italian marques, British marques, Oodies, 50’s classics and American sports cars. Spectators from all over the nation will visit La Jolla to enjoy the event, which is in its 12th year.Dennis DeSouza on