Upcoming Tours

    • Sun, March 18, 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
    • Los Angeles (via motorcoach)
    • 39

    We’re LA bound! Join fellow SDHS members and garden enthusiasts to visit two horticultural stars of Los Angeles: The Gottlieb Native Garden in Beverly Hills and The Getty Center. 

    Traveling by private motor coach from San Diego County, we will first visit The Gottlieb Native Garden, a flourishing California native plant ecosystem located just a few miles from Rodeo Drive. The garden is home to more than 200 hand-selected native plant species and nearly 400 documented wildlife species. Our SDHS group will have early admission to the day’s Open Garden organized by the Pacific Horticulture Society. For approximately two hours, we will explore the garden, meet and mingle with Susan Gottlieb, and enjoy refreshments. In addition to providing background on how her garden came to be, Susan will be available to sign copies of the acclaimed book, The Gottlieb Native Garden: A California Love Story. The book will be available for purchase at the event.

    After the Gottlieb’s, we’ll head up to The Getty Center which is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Before exploring the galleries and grounds, we’ll enjoy a catered box lunch, then have a few hours to meander the garden, view exhibitions, and take in the breathtaking views. The Central Garden, created by San Diego-based contemporary artist Robert Irwin, lies at the heart of the Getty Center. The 134,000-square-foot design features a natural ravine and tree-lined walkway that leads the visitor through an extraordinary experience of sights, sounds, and scents. All of the foliage and materials of the garden have been selected to accentuate the interplay of light, color, and reflection.

    Seven different exhibitions of art and artifacts will be on view in the galleries, with subjects ranging from Greek and Roman sculpture to a showcase of new acquisitions, including works by Michelangelo, Goya, and Degas. 

    After approximately three hours at The Getty, we'll board our motor coach, arriving back in San Diego in the late afternoon or early evening, depending on traffic.

    Transportation: Private motor coach with small bathroom. Roundtrip from Old Town San Diego Transit Center and I-5/ La Costa Boulevard Park and Ride.

    Schedule (Exact times may vary due to traffic):

    • Depart Old Town Transit Center 7:30am
    • Depart La Costa 8:00am
    • Arrive Gottlieb Native Garden 10:30am
    • Tour Gottlieb Native Garden from 10:30am to 12:30pm
    • Arrive Getty Center 1pm
    • Enjoy lunch, explore The Getty’s gardens and galleries 1pm to 4pm
    • Arrive La Costa 6:30pm
    • Arrive Old Town 7:15pm

    Tour Details: Self-guided tour and informal reception at the Gottlieb Native Garden followed by hosted catered lunch and time to roam The Getty Center’s gardens and galleries. There are steps and slopes on the tour and many areas are not disabled accessible. Tour price includes driver gratuities.

    Lunch: Catered box lunch at The Getty Center, and guests will have their choice of four menu options, including vegetarian and gluten-free meals. Sorry, no substitutions or lunch credit issued. You may opt to purchase your lunch onsite independently of the group at your own cost. 

    Reservations: SDHS Members: $95; Non-members: $110

    Tickets include transportation, entry to and refreshments at the Gottlieb Native Garden, lunch, and snacks and beverages on motor coach (admission to The Getty Center is free). Pay in full when registering. Tour takes place rain or shine.

    • Sat, April 07, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Encinitas Area
    • 689

    This year’s SDHS Garden Tour will highlight gardens in and around Encinitas, an area rich in horticultural history. Not only has the region been a giant in the commercial flower and plant trade, but even the city’s name has a link to horticulture: Encinitas means “little oaks” in Spanish.

    The gardens on this self-guided tour will feature both fully mature as well as newly designed spaces, all suited to our Southern California climate. Several of the gardens are within large estates with multiple outdoor rooms, and some of the yards have raised beds and fruit trees, meadow-like areas, and unique plant cultivars. There will be eight or more gardens on the tour. 

    In keeping with past tours, we will also feature local artisans selling their hand-crafted garden art. Watch artists as they paint in the gardens, and meet SDHS community partners.

    If you have or know of potential candidate garden in the Encinitas area, please email the GardenTour@sdhort.org

    Before purchasing your tickets, please thoroughly read the text below. 

    Purchase Tickets

    Garden Descriptions

    • Tour hours are 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Ticket sales are limited this year. All tickets must be purchased in advance. 
    • Garden addresses and a map to the gardens will be emailed to registrants late in the day on Thursday, April 5.
    • This is a self-guided tour and is at your own pace
    • No pets or strollers are allowed in the gardens
    • Gardens are not disabled accessible
    • All ticket sales are final
    • Tour is held rain or shine

Past Tours

Sat, April 08, 2017 2017 Spring Garden Tour
Wed, April 20, 2016 A Day at the Huntington
Sat, April 02, 2016 2016 Spring Garden Tour
Sun, March 13, 2016 Gardens of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Sat, April 11, 2015 2015 Spring Garden Tour
Sat, April 05, 2014 2014 Spring Garden Tour
Fri, March 28, 2014 Bus Tour - Sherman Gardens & Roger's Garden
Sat, April 06, 2013 2013 Spring Garden Tour
Sat, February 23, 2013 A Day at the Huntington
Thu, May 17, 2012 Gardens of the Bay Area Tour
Fri, April 27, 2012 Rancho La Puerta
Sat, March 31, 2012 Spring Garden Tour

As a affliate society of the Pacific Horticulture Society, SDHS members are welcome to participate in their exciting tours and events. Pacific Horticulture Tours

Our Mission To inspire and educate the people of San Diego County to grow and enjoy plants, and to create beautiful, environmentally responsible gardens and landscapes.

Our Vision To champion regionally appropriate horticulture in San Diego County.


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