22nd Annual Ojai Valley Garden Tour
Although our 2016 El Nino didn’t give us quite what we wanted, the little storms that are coming and going are helping the spring blooms to pop. And that’s great news for the 2016 Ojai Valley Garden Tour. This year the Tour will be on Saturday, May 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Again we’ll have five private gardens ready for viewing by fauna loving patrons.
Lawns and swimming pools will be conspicuously absent once again in keeping with our mission to encourage water-wise irrigation and planting. Two of the gardens are very large and three are small or medium sized. We are particularly lucky to have the Turtle Conservancy on our tour this year. The Turtle Conservancy is a refuge for endangered species of freshwater turtles and rare endangered tortoises. Access to this beautiful ecosystem is as rare as the residents that are protected here, so if you have any inclination to see what it is all about, this may be your only chance.
We have a Paul Hendershot designed garden replete with rectangular planted plots bordered by low hedges, bird’s eye pea gravel walkways, roses, hydrangeas and well-shaped citrus at a mini-chateau, and owner designed and planted garden that has colorful succulents, citrus and mulberry trees, Pride of Madera and much more. We have a family garden that was recently converted and has Disney characters peeking out here and there, and another garden that’s a nice little place to sit in repose at almost any time of day amid cymbidiums, ferns and dwarf citrus trees that surround a koi pond.
Tickets are on sale now at the Chamber office or online at www.ojaichamber.org. By mid- April they will be available at Flora Gardens at 245 Baldwin Road (next to Frontier Paint). Tickets are $25 each until noon on Friday May 13, and $30 each thereafter. The tour will go on rain or shine—which means it will go on. You may order your tickets by phone at 805-646-8126.