The annual Venice Garden & Home Tour — a fund-raiser for the Neighborhood Youth Association’s Las Doradas Children’s Center — will include more than 25 locations on Saturday, May 3rd.
This year’s self-guided walking tour will feature the Venice neighborhood east of Lincoln Boulevard.
Organizers call the area “the other Venice” because it is in close proximity to but worlds away from the vibrant activity of Abbot Kinney Boulevard and the beach community.
Visitors can expect the likes of 1920s homes redone with solar panels, as well as drought-tolerant gardens.
Traditional Craftsman and pre-war stuccos blending their original style with contemporary interior designs will also be on view.
Tour-goers will be able to see modern homes and gardens by innovative homeowners, architects and designers — including Michael Sant, Tom Carson, Jay Griffith and Marmol Radziner.
Artists’ studios, such as those of Huguette Caland, Cheri Pann and Ganzalo, will also be open.
The tour was founded 15 years ago by landscape designer Jay Griffith, activist Linda Lucks and businesswoman Jan Brilliot to raise money for the Las Doradas Children’s Center.
Las Doradas is a licensed childcare facility in Venice, providing full-time, education-based daycare to low-income families.
The center has been helping what it identifies as “at-risk” children since 1991.
Their current enrollment capacity is 36 children from three to five years old.
The Venice Garden & Home Tour will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, rain or shine.
Event planners recommend checking in before 2 p.m. to have the opportunity to see all the locations.
The starting point will be the Las Doradas Children’s Center, 804 Broadway Ave. in Venice.
Tax-deductible tickets are $60 in advance and $70 on the day of the tour. Children under 12 are free.
Information, (310) 821-1857 or www.venicegardentour.org/.