Spring is in the air, and preparations are in full bloom for the Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society Los Angeles Garden Tour & Party. The self-guided tour of seven area homes is on Sun., April 21, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
First stop is Getty House, the official residence of the mayor of Los Angeles, at 605 S. Irving Blvd.
The eighth annual event benefits greening projects at two schools: Los Angeles High and Third Street Elementary.
This year’s honoree is Councilman Tom LaBonge, who most recently worked to keep Greater Wilshire communities in CD Four—when redistricting threatened to break up the area.
He is also an avid supporter of greening efforts at area schools, landscaped medians on Larchmont Boulevard, improvements at Robert Burns Park, “green islands” at Wilton Pl. at 1st and 2nd streets and hosting Tour LaBonge cycle rides through city neighborhoods.
LaBonge’s friend and longtime Hancock Park resident Huell Howser is also being honored, in memoriam.
Co-chairs for this year’s event are Suz Landay, Fluff McLean and Mary E. Nichols.
The event includes a light lunch in the Getty House garden from noon to 3 p.m. with a presentation to LaBonge at 12:30 p.m. A lecture on urban farming and a lecture and demonstration on wall gardens are from 1 to 2:30 p.m. A boutique will be open from 11 to 4 p.m.
The beautification project underway at LA High is at the corner of Olympic and Rimpau boulevards; at 139 years, it is the city’s oldest public high school. Founded in 1924, Third Street, at Third and June streets, is prepping for its 90th next year with plans to beautify the front entry and interior courtyard.
Past tours have funded a median on North Larchmont, which is in the works, fountains, vegetable beds and more at Frances Blend Elementary and extensive landscaping at John Burroughs Middle School.
Fire Stations #52 and #61 have also benefited with greening efforts.
Tickets are $65. Visit losangelesgardentour.org.