Twenty-five to 30 gardens and homes in the historical Venice neighborhoods of Oakwood and Palms/Milwood will be featured in the Venice Garden & Home Tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 1st.

The 17th annual event, which benefits the Neighborhood Youth Association’s Las Doradas Children’s Center in Venice, showcases gardens and homes that reflect the individual tastes of their owners as well as the work of local landscape designers and architects.

The self-guided walking tour will wander through quiet, palm-shaded streets and visit homes that are open to the environment and where indoor-outdoor living is the norm, event organizers say.

These are the “secret gardens” of Venice, private oases located behind inviting gates and doors, where homeowners seek peace and beauty in their carefully tended gardens away from the city life, event organizers say.

The garden tour is aimed at inspiring landscapers and homeowner gardeners who are intrigued by the use of salvaged materials used in interesting ways by an abundance of art.

Tour-goers will have the opportunity to see the work of homeowners nurturing their vegetable gardens, creating their pockets of privacy, in a community where residents interact with each other.

The tour will visit landscape designer Jay Griffith’s office, and will visit contemporary homes by Steven Ehrlich, Marmol Radziner, Callas Shortridge and Charles Ward, among others.

Founded by Griffith, Venice Neighborhood Council member Linda Lucks and Jan Brilliot, the Venice Garden & Home Tour gives financial support for the Las Doradas Children’s Center, a licensed child care facility in Venice that provides full-time, education-based childcare to low-income working families.

The walking tour will start at the Las Doradas Children’s Center, 804 Broadway, at the corner of Broadway and Pleasant View, in Venice, at 10 a.m. and continues until 5 p.m. Neighborhood parking is available, as are shuttle buses, and biking is a suggested option.

Tickets are $60 if purchased in advance, or $70 if purchased the day of the garden tour. Children under 12 years of age are admitted free.

For tickets and information, (310) 821-1857, venicegardentour@ca.rr.com/, or www.venicegardentour.org/.

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