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Tour Guide Use the directions below to plan your day. You can start at any garden on the list. .Exhibitors Visit with our sponsors and other exhibitors for gardening and other information, garden art, and goodies for breakfast and lunch!
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A - This beautiful DIY canyon garden has been evolving since the owner first bought the property 40 years ago. All of the structures on the lot have been built by the husband, an artist and woodworker. One side of the garden showcases hundreds of aloe varieties, along with a stuccoed structure that contains a 2000 gallon rainwater cistern and also forms two compost bins. A chicken coop and vegetable garden share this space. Five huge 450 gallon tanks collect more rain water and a separate pipe delivers gray water from the shower.You’ll encounter many succulents, fruit trees, seating areas and a special pad dedicated to the wife’s yoga practice. 4902 Gaylord Drive San Diego, CA 92117Vendor: Patty Yockey and Larry Schneider Glass and Ceramic Art Community : North Clairemont Library Info on library programs
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B- The beautiful assortment of succulents and palm trees in the front yard of this home only hint at the vast canyon landscape beyond. From the patio, adorned with hanging tillandsias (air plants) and succulents, you have a sweeping view of the garden below. A narrow side yard overflows with orchids and other potted plants. Large queen palms, a shoestring acacia and many tall euphorbias and tree aloes anchor the yard. This “grow your own” backyard also has a chicken coop along with a variety of fruit trees including orange, tangerine, Meyer lemon, avocado, apple and fig. 4167 Cole Way San Diego, CA 92117Vendor: Marcel Belgian Waffles Community: Clairemont Town Council Discount memberships, succulents for sale, discounts on "I Dig Clairemont" T-shirts and totes, and our Tiki auction.
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C- Home of the “Red Rock and Redwood Railway,” this backyard showcases an elaborate miniature town with a model railroad that is 25 years old. With 300 feet of track, the scene takes up the width of the backyard, with trains that pass over a bridge and through a tunnel covered with juniper. Miniature buildings made by the husband reflect elements of the small Kansas town where both owners grew up. There’s a miniature cemetery, old time Texaco station and a Wells Fargo Express. Other backyard plantings include roses, Mexican sage, poppies and Peruvian lilies. 5860 Bakewell Street San Diego, CA 92117
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D- These new homeowners, with the help of the Southern California turf removal rebates, modified their yard to save water and showcase waterwise California winners. The entire yard, front and back, and the extension of the front yard to the neighbors on the right, requires no water. It’s a true xeriscape that manages to remain soft, colorful and wel-coming. Succulents, including colorful ice plants, epidendrum orchids and others are combined with native sages to create a diverse waterwise palette. A blackberry vine adorns the side wall of the house.3452 Bevis Street San Diego, CA 92111Vendor: Garden Envy Garden art by Jeanine Romero
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E- In two years, these homeowners have transformed a house that sat on the market for over a year. They added a second retaining wall in the front, accented with rock and colorful succulents that contrast nicely with the stucco walls. Dedicated to DIY, they did all the garden work themselves in the past year, even learning to drive a tractor to take out multiple pepper trees in the back yard. In a very short time, they adorned the back yard with a multi-level fountain, koi pond, slate walls with fire pit and conversation area, pizza oven, pergola and outdoor kitchen. Themed planters dot the landscape, with separate areas de-voted to sage, roses and succulents in the back yard, and black and white plantings in the front. Hand watering is the only irrigation this waterwise garden receives. 3548 Auburndale Street San Diego, CA 92111Vendor: Monkey's Delight Garden Art Ceramic and glass flower dishes
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F- You’ll find it hard to believe that this front yard was turf just a year ago. The homeowner’s daughter began this DIY project with a load of boulders and rocks. Cardboard and pygmy palms and an Australian grass tree dot the front yard, with a colorful variety of succulents and grasses tucked in between pavers and boulders. Different colored stones define the planting areas. Front yard succulents in both yards include several types of echeveria, sticks on fire, bulbine, agaves, aeoniums and blue senecio. A stack of pavers and a variety of succulents finished out this project. The back yard has more succulent planting areas along with boysenberry vines planted especially by the daughter for her elderly father's delight.3788 Elco Street San Diego, CA 92111Garden Info: San Diego Vector Control Advice on controlling all kinds of garden pests.
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Tour Guide Use the directions below to plan your day. You can start at any garden on the list. Exhibitors Visit with our sponsors and other exhibitors for gardening and other information, garden art, and goodies for breakfast and lunch!
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G- The wide front yard of the corner lot showcases a variety of common and unusual succulents of different colors, heights and textures, including agaves, aloes, colorful jades, crown of thorns and barrel cactus. Tall pedilanthus stalks contrast with the tan stucco of the house. Plantings are accented with ribbons of black lava and Baja red rubble set agains reddish-brown lava rock, creating a tapestry of beautiful interwoven plants. The small back yard makes maximum use of space by including brightly colored rain gutters mounted on the fence filled with succulent plantings. A small retaining wall creates a planter for espaliered citrus that are trained up wooden trellises.3454 Mt. Armour Place San Diego, CA 92111Vendor: Garden Tour Title Sponsor Southwest Boulder and Stone Product and design ideas
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H- Step into the back yard of this garden and you will feel like you have been parachuted into a Hawaiian palm paradise in Bay Park. A favorite of previous tour goers, this garden has been 53 years in the making. It was the pride and joy of the well known and much loved Jim Wright, who passed away in 2015, and is now being taken care of by his children. It includes over 200 palms, and many varieties of bromeliads, epiphytes and epidendrum orchids. Multiple feeders attract hummingbirds and beautiful mosaics add interest to this garden that spans two yards. You’ll also find many roses and a small vegetable garden. 2151 Burgener Blvd. San Diego, CA 92110Vendor/Community Info: GT sponsor Max Folkers Team, RE/MAX Pacific Bay Park real estate specialist
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I- These DIY homeowners win the prize, by a hair, for “oldest” Clairemont garden on this year’s tour — 56 years. Upon entering, you are greeted by a 15-foot tall, 20-year old mango tree started from seed, bromeliads and both New Zealand and Australia tree ferns. At the top of the slope of the huge canyon back yard, you have a view out to Sea World and down to the lowest level of the garden. At the top you will see multiple species of aloe, tall euphorbia trees and an elephant foot palm that started as a houseplant. As you descend into the garden, ou will find a small vegetable garden and many natives including toyon, California sunflower, lemonade berry and Torrey pine, along with multiple fruit trees.2122 February Court San Diego, CA 92110Vendor/Garden Info: San Diego Master Gardeners Gardening advice and unique handmade birdhouses for sale
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J- The front yard of this home is adorned with an Asian-inspired, homemade slate waterfall and pool. Japanese statuary completes the picture with a crane gazing into the pool, pagoda lanterns, koi and a Foo dog. A variety of roses and geraniums dot the landscape. The lovely, shaded back patio is lush with plants and features more garden art, including hanging gazing balls and hanging plants. At the top of the stairs, you can look out across the canyon and down into the next two garden levels. The first level contains lawn and a small gazebo, while two oranges and an apple tree grow on the second level.5034 February Street San Diego, CA 92110Vendors: GT sponsor SolarFuze Solar power information Born in Brooklyn East Coast style gourmet food truck
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K- Reuse and recycle is the name of the game in this homeowner’s artful 14-year old DIY garden. The front yard showcases a variety of waterwise plants (ceanothus, butterfly bush, sage and bulbine) and fruit trees. The large back yard has a well-mulched area (free from Miramar landfill) for raised vegetable boxes, a patio made of repurposed concrete rubble, and a pergola to shade the dining area. Soft purple flowers of Mexican sage and bright yellow Mexican marigold are accented by eucalyptus and jacaranda. The mosaic on the back retaining wall, a year-long project by the homeowner, includes broken pieces from the granite kitchen countertop. Although the yard is equipped with sprinklers, the homeowner doesn’t use them, preferring plants that can tough it out with only occasional hand watering. 4221 Dakota Drive San Diego, CA 92117Vendors: Artist Judy McCutcheon Mosic garden art Trisha and Judy Team, RE/MAX Associates, Sharing info about the Clairemont real estate market.
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L-It's hard to imagine that only four years ago you would have been looking at a flat, boring square lawn. Today, you’re greeted with a sloping front yard complete with a dry river bed, with naturally placed stones and boulders that mimics a mountain stream (dubbed Rio Beltran by the owners). A beneficiary of the lawn removal rebate, this home-owner now looks out on an interesting and soft assortment of native and other waterwise plants, such as Mexican lobelia, coast sunflower, rock rose, sticky monkey flower, fragrant California sagebrush, smoke tree, cape rush and lions tail. A beautiful 50-year old California pepper tree shades the yard and completes the scene. Inside the courtyard, the plantings include the original flowering azaleas and bougainvillea along with more recently added sticks on fire, aloe and blue chalk sticks. Don’t miss the side yard planter next to the driveway.3474 Via Beltran San Diego, CA 92117
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