The 2019 SDHS Spring Garden tour, Magical La Mesa, is just weeks away. This year’s tour, on Saturday, April 27 from 9:00am-4:00pm, will feature eight extraordinary gardens both on Mt. Helix and the lowlands. Here’s a highlight from one of the gardens on the tour.
Enter this beautiful Spanish-style home through a French parterre garden with boxwood hedges and iceberg roses set amid an eclectic collection of other plants. The private courtyard is framed by a stucco wall and wooden pergola. Its focal point is a centrally set fountain. In the rear, a terrace sprawls across the back of the house, providing room for outdoor living with
a tiered fountain framing a view extending to the ocean.
Many of the exotic plants here were given to the original owner, Dr. Hill, by his neighbor, a horticulturist who helped build the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The garden features fifty-year-old plants like felt bush, (Kalanchoe beharensis), a massive silk floss tree, and deodar cedar. Bougainvillea, dwarf jacaranda, and pride of Madeira line the walls of the garden. On the far side of the house stands the original pony house, which the owners have converted to a covered al fresco dining room with a daybed and French doors overlooking the garden.
This tour always sells out so purchase your tickets today at