Historical Society Hosts Garden Party Tour

| April 9, 2012 | 0 Comments
EVENT CO-CHAIRS June Bilgore and Myrna Gintel.

EVENT CO-CHAIRS June Bilgore and Myrna Gintel.

Gardens at six sites, including the official residence of the Mayor of L.A., will be opened to the public during the seventh annual garden tour hosted by the Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society on Sun., April 22 from noon to 4 p.m.

Formerly known as “The Garden Party,” the Los Angeles Garden Tour and Party includes a reception and light supper at the mayor’s residence-the Getty House-from 4 to 6 p.m.

The tour begins at the Getty House at 605 S. Irving Blvd., where attendees will receive programs with garden locations. A silent auction takes place from noon to 5 p.m.

Jo Anne Trigo, owner of Two Dog Organic Nursery, will sell vegetable seedlings-including a variety of heirloom tomatoes-as well as EarthBox kits, fertilizers and composts from noon to 6 p.m.

Ecological landscape designer C. Darren Butler will lecture on soil and its importance in gardening and horticulture at 3 p.m.

Brookside home on Garden Tour

The backyard of a Brookside home featured on the tour

Getty House features the Ronnie Allumbaugh Gardens created in 1928 by designer A. E. Hanson. They include the sunken “Blue” Garden and the Rose Garden, which were restored in 2010 with funds provided by the Hancock Park Garden Club.

A garden on the Brookside stream, one of the only natural brooks running through the city, is included on the self-guided tour, as well as five other private gardens in Hancock Park and Windsor Square.

This year’s event is being held in honor of Lyn MacEwen Cohen for her efforts over 25 years to improve the community, as well as Mia Lehrer, who advocates for environmentally sensitive and people-friendly public space.

Proceeds from the tour will go towards “greening” local Fire Station 52 at Melrose and Western avenues and Station 61 on Third St. and Cochran Ave. Proposed are fountains, a mural, vegetable gardens and fruit trees. In addition, funds will go toward the creation of a triangular median at 6th St. and S. Norton Ave.

Last year’s tour helped fund landscaping and the creation of a new garden, sculpture and outdoor classroom space at John Burroughs Middle School. Previous tours benefitted the creation of outdoor planters, fountains and a sensory wall mural at Frances Blend Special Education Center, traffic islands on Wilton Place, a greening project at Wilshire Crest School, a bronze plaque at Robert Burns Park and the development of a median on Larchmont Blvd.

Tickets to the Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society can be purchased online for $70 at www.losangelesgardentour.org. or by mail for $65 from WSHPHS, 137 N. Larchmont Blvd., #135, Los Angeles, CA 90004. For more information, call 213-243-2182.

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