A Peek at Venice, California’s Secret Gardens

In Southern California, some of the best gardens are off limits except for one day of the year. Here, we take a glimpse behind the gates in Venice:

Photographs by Mimi Giboin, for Gardenista.

Above: A dry garden on this year’s annual Venice Garden Tour, which showed visitors the private courtyards and backyards and gardens in two neighborhoods: the Gregory Ain tract in Mar Vista and the blocks east of Lincoln Boulevard.

Above: Succulents, including a variety of drought tolerant succulents, thrive in a dry, sunny spot.

Above: A permeable path, edged with drought tolerant perennials.

Above: Low-growing ground cover roses in galvanized metal troughs. To create a similar look, see DIY: Vintage Troughs as Planters.

Above: The rough texture of a concrete planter complements the vaguely swollen look of succulents, which hoard water in their leaves.

Interested in seeing more gardens? If so, check out Gardenista’s post A Seaside Garden on an Aegean Island.

30 comments

Sonia Minwer-Barakat Requ
Sonia M4 years ago

Amazing garden,thanks for sharing

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Terry V.
Terry V5 years ago

BEAUTIFUL

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Marianne B.
Marianne B5 years ago

Very pretty, indeed.

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Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W5 years ago

beautiful

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Dolly Navina L5 years ago

Stunning!

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Mary Mattarelli
Mary Mattarelli5 years ago

Beautiful, thank you

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Christeen Anderson

So beautiful.

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Kathleen Cazander

The colors are amazing.

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Lin Moy
Lin M5 years ago

Made me wish my thumb was green and things would actually live in my care.

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Robert O.
Robert O5 years ago

Very nice!

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