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2 Garden Tours Will Have You Digging Ways to Go Green

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Despite the looming threat of April showers (which bring May flowers!) we've had a few weeks of glorious springtime sunshine, and many of us have been out in the garden getting things sorted and planted.

Whether you are looking for inspiration on how to grow veggies, get a yard that will require little water, go solar, showcase your budding green thumb, or just try not to kill a few plants on your porch, there are two major garden tour events this month that will be loaded with inspiration and information.

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Rosen Garden, Brentwood, on tour Sunday, April 15 (via TPF)
April 14-15: 9th Annual Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour
Theodore Payne's 9th Annual Native Plant Garden Tour is taking place this weekend, and with 37 gardens planted with at least 50% native plants, this event will give attendees several chances over two days to meet inspiring folks like garden owners, designers, knowledgeable docents and fellow gardeners. The tour celebrates the beauty of California native plants, smart landscape practices and the natural heritage of our region.

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Gardens on the tour are located in Acton, Altadena, Arcadia, Atwater Village, Brentwood, Burbank, Culver City, Eagle Rock, Glendale,Highland Park, La Cañada Flintridge, Lakewood, Long Beach, Los Feliz, Mar Vista, Monrovia, Oxford Square, Pasadena, Redondo Beach, Santa Monica, Shadow Hills, Sherman Oaks, Sierra Madre, South Pasadena, Torrance, Venice and Westchester. Here's a full list of the gardens, and on which day they are open for touring.

Tickets are on sale and can be purchased online, at TPF, or by calling (818) 768-1802.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday / $25 per person for both days

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One of the gardens on the Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase tour
April 21: 4th Annual Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase
The 4th Annual Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase is the mother of all local garden tours, thanks to the 90 participating gardens. You are encouraged to personalize your own tour based on what you are most interested in seeing--edibles or drought-resistant, for example--or sort your day by location. There are six self-guided walking and biking tours to address sustainability in daily living, with special guest presenters at many gardens who are experts in things like seed preservation, solar power, beekeeping, landscape design, and much, much more. This year finds over 50 new gardens added to the previous set, and the tour places special emphasis on the critical need for ocean friendly gardens and habitats that support much needed pollinators such as honey bees and monarch butterflies.

The Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase seeks to empower Los Angelenos to adopt environmentally conscious living solutions.

All of the gardens on the tour are mapped out and profiled, to help you plan your adventure.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. / Free / Showcase Central is located at 3635 Grand View Blvd.