Thirty gardens and homes in Venice neighborhoods east of Lincoln Boulevard and the historic Gregory Ain tract in Mar Vista will be showcased in the 19th annual Venice Garden & Home Tour Saturday, May 5.

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, and will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Neighborhood parking is available, as well as shuttle buses, and biking is also encouraged. There will also be food stands and trucks.

Visitors will get a look at intriguing gardens and architectural gems hidden behind gates and hedges and view homes from Venice’s historic past with the latest trends in landscaping and contemporary architecture, event organizers said.

The neighborhoods featured are comprised of wide streets and generous lots, where celery and bean fields were once farmed by the Japanese before World War II, organizers note.

Tour-goers will see contemporary homes and gardens by some of Los Angeles’ innovative homeowners, architects and designers including Tom Carson, Gabriella Frears, Dennis Gibbens, Daniel Monti, Santiago Ortiz, Ron Radziner and Molly Reid, as well as landscape designers Russ Cletta, Jay Griffith, Rob Jones and Suzanne McKevitt, among others.

The tour will spotlight pocket vegetable gardens, rooftop plantings, and an increasing use of drought tolerant plants.

A highlight of this year’s garden tour will be the architecturally significant Gregory Ain tract, an enclave of 52 modest one-story homes from 1947 tucked into Mar Vista. Landscape architect Garrett Eckbo planted rows of trees to create a streetscape that unifies the neighborhood and gives it a park-like atmosphere, organizers said.

In addition, several artists’ studios will be open, including Cliff Garten’s studio.

Founded by landscape designer Griffith, Linda Lucks and Jan Brilliot, the Venice Garden & Home Tour is a fundraiser for the Las Doradas Children’s Center. In operation since 1991, the center offers children an opportunity for the care and additional guidance that prepares them to be effective learners.

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.

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