START A PETITION 27,000,000 members: the world's largest community for good

A Peek at Venice, California’s Secret Gardens

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.

Read more: Environment, Green Home Decor, Lawns & Gardens, Nature, Outdoor Activities, Remodelista, , , , , ,

have you shared this story yet?

go ahead, give it a little love


Gardenista is a one-stop sourcebook for cultivated living, a guide to outdoor design and gardening. Helmed by former New York Times columnist Michelle Slatalla, Gardenista features inspiration, garden visits, and advice for all things outdoor living, from patios and peonies, to tables and terraces. Gardens matter, and Gardenista celebrates tomatoes on the fire escape as much as rolling acres of green.


+ add your own
2:26PM PDT on Apr 5, 2013

Amazing garden,thanks for sharing

4:57PM PDT on Sep 3, 2012


9:58PM PDT on Sep 2, 2012

Very pretty, indeed.

5:40AM PDT on Sep 2, 2012


6:01AM PDT on Aug 30, 2012


4:56AM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

Beautiful, thank you

6:23AM PDT on Aug 26, 2012

So beautiful.

8:46PM PDT on Aug 24, 2012

The colors are amazing.

8:07PM PDT on Aug 24, 2012

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

11:51AM PDT on Aug 24, 2012

Very nice!

add your comment

Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

people are talking

It's fun to meet the people that grow the food, especially if they are passionate about it. They can…

There's no way that my dog would eat this fad diet!


Select names from your address book   |   Help

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.

site feedback


Problem on this page? Briefly let us know what isn't working for you and we'll try to make it right!