The Santa Monica Conservancy will host its second “Landscapes of Santa Monica” tour, including 11 residential gardens celebrating Santa Monica’s diverse neighborhoods, from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 1.

This year’s tour is sponsored in part by Merrihew’s Sunset Gardens.

Visitors will have the opportunity to view a variety of landscape environments, including several gardens which focus on water conservation. Some highlights will include sustainable native plants and drought-tolerant exotics; outdoor rooms, pathways, and creative adornments; and a 90-year-old landmarked Eucalyptus tree, event organizers said.

Other highlights are gardens by well-known Santa Monica landscape designers and a California native plant sale sponsored by the Theodore Payne Foundation.

Homeowners and docents will provide information on the history and features of each garden. At some sites, the landscape architect/designer will be available to answer questions. A self-guided tour brochure will enable visitors to explore the sites in the sequence of their choice. Refreshments will be provided at a few locations.

Tickets are $35 for the public, or $25 for Santa Monica Conservancy members. Tickets can be ordered online at

Non-members may purchase discounted memberships, allowing them to buy tickets at member prices. Tickets will be sold on the day of the tour (cash or checks only), though advance purchase is recommended.

Visitors are asked to pick up tickets and brochures at a check-in table in the parking lot of the Department of Motor Vehicles, 2235 Colorado Ave.