Venice Beach Flowers, Funk and Fun

This Saturday, May 5, is the Venice Garden Tour in LA’s famous beach neighborhood. The tour is always a combination of beautiful blooms, cool architecture, funky art, and casual outdoor living, designed by homeowners and professionals alike.

Monarchs love the westringia blooms with orange trumpet vine and fringe flower in the background.

Unfurling frond on Australian tree fern.

This year they’ve added a little Mid-Century Modern to this year’s tour with Gregory Ain’s Mar Vista Tract neighborhood. Marketed in 1947 these “Modernique Homes” were designed for living in a small, flexible and ultra-modern space. I’m excited to see how the owners have re-landscaped the homes that were originally designed by Garrett Eckbo as a lush community landscape.

The homes themselves were designed for flexible living, using sliding wall panels to create 1-3 bedrooms in the house. Panels could make the living area smaller to create a master bedroom or make two smaller bedrooms into one larger one. There are lots of built-ins throughout the homes and I imagine if you pared down your belongings life would be quite sweet in one of these tiny houses.

Climbing rose and echium in bloom.

Don’t miss it, you’ll have a special and inspiring day!!

The tour is always a fundraiser for the Neighborhood Youth Association’s (NYA) important Las Doradas Children’s Center in Venice.

Purchase your tickets online to save $10 in advance and don’t forget to bring some water, sunscreen and wear comfortable shoes. Bring your bike if you want to get some exercise too.

Enjoy a few of our Venice garden flowers in bloom this week!!!


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