Garden Tour 2019 - May 18th, 10 am to 3 pm
UC Master Gardeners of Monterey and Santa Cruz County Garden Tour
Rancho Cielo - Leadership Garden
710 Old Stage Road
This local nonprofit invests in youth by providing them diploma education, vocational training, counseling, and enrichment experiences. One of the gems at Rancho Cielo is their Leadership Garden which is supported by Master Gardener volunteers. Students work alongside volunteers to grow flowers, fruits and vegetables, often used by the Culinary Academy to create delicious and fresh meals.
18447 Kennedy Street
One of our own Master Gardeners transformed a yard full of weeds to a water-wise low maintenance landscape. The front yard features vegetables and other edibles, as well as colorful wildflowers. The backyard contains a number of outdoor rooms with cozy seating, including a beautiful screened-in gazebo with fire pit for cool evenings, a sewing shed, winding paths, and numerous places to sit and enjoy the garden. Creative touches include a border of inverted wine bottles. The entire landscape is irrigated with a low cost, custom made rain catchment system, which provides water for most of the year.
13423 Jackson Street
This desert inspired oasis was once an overgrown, dry, and patchy yard. The homeowners transformed it into a garden of passion & peace. The front yard has many great succulents & cacti, demonstrating how a low-maintenance and water-wise garden can have a lot of curb appeal. In the backyard, the homeowners had a large koi pond installed for their 19 koi fish. There is also an eclectic mix of plants and garden statues in the backyard that add color and interest to the peaceful retreat.
Cascade of Roses
350 Chaparral Street
This local garden writer and rosarian has planted more than 300 roses in his garden since 1993, and thanks to an ongoing editing process has brought the current number down to sixty of the best, most varied and stunning specimens. Special features include an elaborate drainage system that tames the property’s lack of slope, and a raised garden bed built using principles of Hügelkultur, used for growing rotating crops of vegetables and herbs.
107 San Gabriel Drive
Several years of drought inspired this water-saving landscape design paired with ranch-style hardscaping. The owners worked with the city to replace broken sidewalks and replaced the dated turf-and-foundation-planting design with pavers, rocks and fencing. New plantings include naturally-arranged Ginkgo trees, cordyline, hummingbird mint and a succulent garden. Special features include pollinator-friendly blooming thyme in the parking strips.
40 Willow Street
Inspired by Shakespeare, this touchable and scented garden has many features that stimulate the senses. There’s Ophelia’s rue tucked in amongst the herbs, the birds that frequent the garden fill the space with song, and the brick walkways along with the art in the garden has been salvaged and repurposed to add charm. This garden is also a certified wildlife habitat and you can frequently spot hummingbirds, towhees, and golden crowned sparrows.
Garden of Memories
130 Oak Street
This garden remodel traded thirsty lawns for a stone-lined raised kitchen garden bed, native plants and gorgeous drifts of naturalized Clarkia and California Poppy. Vegetables and culinary herbs grow just steps from the back door, next to a tranquil seating area, while a multitude of pollinator-friendly flowers caters to the hummingbirds and bees. Special elements include a century-old oak in the front yard, a St. Francis statue overlooking a garden dedicated to the owner’s mother and a luminous accent wall painted a brilliant Frida Kahlo blue.
114 Oak Street
Calling all succulent lovers. The garden surrounding this beautiful spanish style home is a succulent paradise. Aloes, aeoniums, echeverias, cacti, are just a few of the many succulents you’ll come across in this beautiful garden. All of the plants in this garden, be it succulents, weeping evergreen, or grasses, add interesting texture, color, height, and spectacular contrast.
20 Dickens Circle
This meticulously-designed quarter-acre lot incorporates areas for outdoor dining and socializing with intensive food production and a stunning collection of subtropicals. Work on this water-thrifty garden began in 2007, and only one tree remains from the original landscape. The owners, who run a local landscape supply business with a passion for rare-fruit cultivation, frequently host community gatherings to enjoy the fire pits, bocce court and outdoor pizza oven. Look for the cherimoya, and the guava tree which produced fruit for the first time this year.
Our Featured Farm: ALBA Organics
1700 Old Stage Road
Nestled in the midst of a diverse 110-acre organic farm, the Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA) provides hands-on training to beginning and aspiring farmers – many of them transitioning from farm worker to farm owner. Your tour takes place on ALBA’s annual Family Farm Day celebration – take advantage of this happy coincidence to tour the farm, learn about ALBA’s programs, buy freshly-harvested organic produce, and pick strawberries from a designated field. Kids activities, food vendors and local organizations will also be part of the festivities.
Many varieties of tomatoes in 1-gallon pots
4" Green Globe artichokes
Assorted annuals in 6-packs
Assorted succulents in a variety of planters