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Spring time in the city

Spring time in the city
Flowers are blooming and the sun is breaking through the clouds. Spring is here in Orange County! It’s time to dig and plant in our gardens. A wonderful way to derive inspiration is by experiencing a garden tour. There are several spring tours in and around Orange County. Many of them are self-guided and quite extensive, with maps and brochures. Each one has very clear instructions to follow. The historical homes are not handicap fitted, and may include quite a bit of walking. In many cases, there are shuttles to transport to and from various locations, and are available at no cost. Remember there are no high heels allowed on these tours, which may include significantly historic and beautiful homes, so wear comfortable walking shoes and prepare for sun with sunscreen and a hat. So put on your comfortable walking shoes, grab snacks and a water bottle and enjoy!

The 18th Annual Old Town Tustin Promenade Home & Garden Tour, sponsored by the Tustin Area Historical Society, is Saturday, May 3rd at 10 am with a Lunch option. The 2014 theme is “There’s no place like home.“ Tour tickets are $20 in advance/$25 same day. Tickets will be held at will call only located at the Tustin Presbyterian Church 225 W. Main Street, Tustin. Vintage cars are on display; quilts and other crafts are for sale. This is a foot tour, however, a motorized or horse drawn trolley is available at no cost. The event is free for children 10 and under. A free antique appraisal is available for each ticket purchased. Call 714 731-5701 Tues and Thurs only 9am - 2PM or go online at

Laguna Beach Garden Club is hosting their Gate and Garden Tour of Crescent Bay with its beautiful scenery and historical significance, Saturday, May 3rd, 11 am - 4 PM. Tour tickets are $45. It is a self-guided tour and will include private gardens, beautiful secluded sanctuaries, and even a Chateau. A shuttle will be available. Registration is at Arabella, 506 N Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach. Further information: Nancy Englund: 949 497-9086

The Historical Floral Park neighborhood of North Santa Ana will host its 22nd Annual Home and Garden Tour, Saturday April 26th and Sunday April 27th from 10 am - 4 PM. Tickets are $25 in advance(by April 21) or $30 day of. There will be two ticket booths set up on Flower and North Park Blvd. and the second at North Park Blvd. and Benton Way in Santa Ana. The neighborhood is known for its architectural diversity and charm. A wide array of crafts and antique cars will be on display and for sale. Children under 10 are free. Tickets may be purchased on line at or 714 673-5137.

Sherman Library and Gardens will host its 16th Annual Private Gardens tour which will include homes in Corona Del Mar and Newport Beach on Saturday, May 10th from 11 am - 4 PM. The cost is $51 for “friends of the gardens” members and $56 non members. Mingle with musicians and artists as you stroll through impressive gardens. Sherman Library is located at 2647 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Corona Del Mar. A shuttle will be available at no cost. For further information call 949 673-2261 or or

Long time friends of Mary Lou Heard will want to attend the Annual Mary Lou Heard Memorial Garden Tour on Saturday May 3rd and Sunday May 4th from 10 am - 5 PM. This amazing tour of 43 residential gardens is free to the public, however, donations are accepted. Each home will have a donation area and proceeds will go to the Sheepfold; a charity which serves and shelters women and their children in crisis. Giving to this heartwarming cause is a beautiful way to make this free tour complete. Go to