Celebrating its 20th year, the Venice Garden & Home Tour will take place Saturday, May 4, showcasing 30 gardens and homes within blocks of Abbot Kinney Boulevard.
The annual event is a primary fundraiser for 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 event also provides support for the association’s after-school programs at the Mar Vista Learning Center and other sites in Los Angeles where students receive academic support, counseling, career planning and cultural enrichment activities.
The self-guided walking tour will allow visitors to tour the properties of homeowners, artists’ studios, the homes and offices of architects and designers, and view gardens that vary from lush to minimalist pocket-gardens, event organizers say.
Among the featured properties are two homes in one structure connected by a rooftop deck and a two-story staircase. Also on view will be a redesigned home where pop-out windows expand the
original footprint and bring the outdoors inside.
A Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified Platinum home with its water conservation and drought tolerant garden will also be open, as well as homes that are small in size but feel spacious because of creative design solutions, organizers note.
In addition to contemporary architecture, restored Craftsman and updated old bungalows are also on the tour.
Properties on tour include homes and gardens by architects such as Marc Bricault, Don Dimster, Isabelle Duvivier, John Frane, David Hertz, Michael Sant, and Steven Shortridge, and landscape designers Russ Cletta, Jay Griffith, Andre Jackson and Di Zock.
As part of the event the studios of artists David Gale, Mollie Favre, Brad Miller and Robin Murez will be on view.
The Neighborhood Youth Association works to provide low-income youth and their families with individualized academic support and comprehensive life skills. According to the association, 100 percent of its high school seniors graduated on time for the fifth year in a row in June 2012 and 100 percent of its 2012 graduates are now in college, and all of them are among the first generation of their families to attend college.
The Venice Garden & Home Tour starts at the Neighborhood Youth Association, 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 vans, and biking is encouraged.
Food will be available at Abbot Kinney restaurants, food stands, and trucks.
Tickets are $60 in advance, or $70 the day of the event. Children under 12 years of age are admitted free.
For tickets and information, (310) 821-1857 or www.venicegardentour.org.