A Teaser for the Venice Home and Garden Tour

Photo by John Ellis

 

For some unexplainable reason, I have never been to the Venice Home and Garden Tour. I’ve always had a conflict with the date. But this year, I cleared my calendar well ahead of time: Saturday, May 4. If it’s anything like the Venice Art Walk, I know the experience will be fun, interesting and sheer happy-making!

 

Photo by Nicolas Marques

 

You get to wander the funky, artist-packed neighborhoods of Venice, California, and walk into their homes and garden as though you are a close friend.

 

Photo by Eric Staudenmaier

 

Artists, and other creative types, always have the best gardens. Not only do they love nature and plants, but they have a great sense of spacial design, color play and imagination. And they are scrappy!

 

Photo by Brett Gum

 They also love to share their creations and build community and open their homes to strangers like us!

Photo by Eric Staudenmaier 

 

As you can see, not all these arty folks are starving. You must brace yourself for strong waves of jealousy and lust.

 

Photo by Brett Gum

 

And you must love dogs. If you don’t, pick another tour.

Photo by Eric Staudenmaier

 

 

Seriously, walking these neighborhoods can give you hope, make you smile and laugh,

and get you to vow to go home and do something wild in your own yard.

 

Photo by Eric Staudenmaier

Did I mention the dogs?

 

Photo by John Ellis

 

Oh yea, and you are supposed to be checking out their amazing homes, too. They are equally packed with great ideas that you are free to steal!

 

Photo by Eric Staudenmaier

 

Kids are free!

Photo by Eric Staudenmaier

 

I believe Venice was one of the first places to have living walls.

 

Photo by Eric Staudenmaier

It doesn’t hurt to have a vintage car or a pair of antlers to go with your groovy garden. Actually, a lot of Venice residents ride their bikes–all the time, everywhere! We need to study these people very closely. They’ve got something happening here that we need more of.

 So mark your calendar, too. If you buy your ticket in advance, it’s $60. At the door, $70. Hope to see you there!

Click HERE for all you need to know about the 2013 Venice Home and Garden Tour.

4 thoughts on “A Teaser for the Venice Home and Garden Tour

  1. You should have a blast! It is really one of the best garden tours I have ever been on. So worth the cost of a ticket. Be sure to visit every house and garden on the tour (definitely doable and they give you a very detailed map to plot your course).

  2. I truly believe that living in Venice and walking up and down those streest is what fostered my obsession with home and garden.

    I wish I could go with you. And Pam too!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *