Venice Home & Garden Tour this weekend Go check it out
open to the public for the 18th annual Venice Home and Garden Tour. This walking tour and benefit showcases the many ways in which homeowners, architects, and landscape designers use creativity to create oases in their living spaces, utilizing everything from koi ponds and citrus trees to large metal giraffes, live chickens, and bunnies.
Landscape designer Jay Griffith and community leaders Linda Lucks and Jan Brillot started the tour to benefit the Neighborhood Youth Association’s Las Doradas Children’s Center in Venice. The center, established in 1991, provides full-time, education-based childcare to low income, working families, and gives at-risk children guidance and support. In it’s first year, the tour raised around $1,000, and in recent years it has grossed an estimated $250,000 annually.
Last year, hundreds of homeowners, volunteers, architects, and designers took part in this fundraising event, along with more than 2,000 tour-goers, to be inspired by unique design and to meet the Venice community. Event producer Barbara Baumann expects nothing less for the 2011 tour, and explains that every year a different neighborhood is featured to keep the tour fresh.
“This year is a really great mix from traditional bungalows, to a contemporary take of a surf shack and everything in between,” Baumann said. “I have a family from the East Coast, they plan their trip to this area the beginning of May because the family loves going on the tour… We couldn’t keep them coming every year if we keep the same homes every year.”
The 2011 self-guided tour is in the Walk Streets neighborhood east of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, as well as streets south of Venice Boulevard in the Coeur d’ Alene neighborhood. Homes by architects Barbara Bestor, Tom Carson, Talbot McLanahan, Tim Peterson, and Robert Thibodeau are featured, as well as gardens designed by Jay Griffith, Pamela Burton, Naomi Saunders, and Diana Zok, plus many more.