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CNPS-San Diego Garden Tour: Native Gardens for Beauty and Sustainability

  • Lux Art Institute (check in) 1550 South El Camino Real Encinitas, CA, 92024 United States (map)


Join us on the 6th Annual CNPS Native Garden Tour that will be held in North County on Saturday & Sunday, April 14th & 15th and includes the areas of Encinitas, Cardiff, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos and Escondido. We are featuring 17 residential gardens and several non-residential and public gardens. Spend a day or two exploring some lovely neighborhoods and backcountry areas. We have a great variety of lovely gardens including features such as gardening on slopes, dry streambeds, bioswales, water catchment, charming water features, bridges, garden art, striking sculptures and more.

Tour these gardens while keeping in mind the concept of native plant benefits and learn more about their great value and importance in being sustainable. If we take care of our environment, it takes care of us. And we can start to accomplish this right in our own backyard!

Get inspired. See what’s out there, take in unique plantings, garden art, tranquility and lots of beauty.

As an additional bonus, we are featuring Sky Mountain Permaculture, a seven acre post-fire water harvesting demonstration site. The property showcases many permaculture features, including bioswales, other water harvesting examples, an earthen dome, a food forest zone, a shade structure created by a repurposed satellite dish, a babbling brook near a reclaimed wood bench sitting circle and more. You can participate in a one hour tour either on Saturday or Sunday in the morning or afternoon. This special opportunity will be an additional $10. Tickets will be available in advance of the tour and will likely sell out quickly, so if you want to participate in this great learning opportunity and adventure, buy your tickets early.


Garden Tour: $20 early bird through March 7, $25 after March 7, includes admission on both days (children under 18 admitted for free)

Sky Mountain Permaculture Guided Tour: $10 additional priced ticket, buy for time and date (Saturday 11am & 1:30pm, Sunday 11am & 1:30pm)

NOTE: All ticket orders received before Friday, April 6 will have tour guide booklets mailed to your provided home address. These booklets serve as your ticket to the tour. If you order multiple tickets, multiple booklets will be sent to that address. Orders placed after April 6 will require pick up at one of two check-in points on the tour.

Sky Mountain tickets will be on a will call list for check in at the Sky Mountain garden.

Earlier Event: April 11
Garden Committee Meeting
Later Event: May 1
Conservation Committee Meeting