Approximately 30 gardens and homes along walk streets and the Coeur d’Alene Avenue neighborhood south of Venice Boulevard will be showcased in the 18th annual Venice Garden & Home Tour Saturday, May 7.

The event will benefit the Neighborhood Youth Association’s Las Doradas Children’s Center in Venice, a licensed childcare facility that provides full-time, education-based childcare to low-income working families.

The self-guided walking tour starts at the Las Doradas Children’s Center, 804 Broadway in Venice, and will be held from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The private gardens and homes, sequestered behind carved wooden doors, contemporary metal gates and imaginative fences, are open to the public during this annual event when tour-goers can walk the streets and meet other members of the community, event organizers say.

The gardens and homes on this tour exemplify the Venice creative energy and the homeowner’s love of living inside or outside with nature, some displaying lanterns or crystal chandeliers hanging from trees, or antique neon signs and sculptures to enhance gardens, organizers note.

Some homeowners have fountains and ponds, a variety of plantings including tropicals, colorful succulents, and spare cacti to maximize their inviting spaces. Other features include rooftop gardens, solar panels and tiny vegetable gardens.

Founded by landscape designer Jay Griffith, Linda Lucks and Jan Brilliot, the Venice Garden & Home Tour is a fundraiser for the Las Doradas Children’s Center.

Neighborhood parking is available, as well as shuttle buses. There will also be food stands and trucks.

Tickets are $60, non-refundable, if purchased in advance, or $70 if purchased the day of the event. Children are welcome and under 12 years of age are admitted free.

For tickets and information, (310) 821-1857, Barbara@venicegardentour.org, or www.venicegardentour.org.

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