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!
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.
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!
They also love to share their creations and build community and open their homes to strangers like us!
As you can see, not all these arty folks are starving. You must brace yourself for strong waves of jealousy and lust.
And you must love dogs. If you don’t, pick another tour.
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.
Did I mention the dogs?
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!
Kids are free!
I believe Venice was one of the first places to have living walls.
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.