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.


Sonia Minwer-Barakat Requ

Amazing garden,thanks for sharing

Terry V.
Terry V.4 years ago


Marianne B.
MARIA B.4 years ago

Very pretty, indeed.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.4 years ago


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Mary Mattarelli
Mary Mattarelli4 years ago

Beautiful, thank you

Christeen Anderson

So beautiful.

Kathleen Cazander

The colors are amazing.

Lin Moy
Lin M4 years ago

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

Robert O.
Robert O.4 years ago

Very nice!