Venice Garden & Home Tour suspended for 2015

Last year I mixed up the dates and foolishly missed the Venice Garden & Home Tour.
So tonight, tra la la, I’m diligently checking the date early to mark in bold letters on my brand-new 2015 desktop calendar…which is when I discover that the tour has been canceled.
Indefinitely. “For the foreseeable future.” There goes one of my favorite rites of spring. (Here’s a post of the tour from 2011. 2012 was fun too.)

Venice GHT, you’ll be missed.

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Although a couple of Mitch’s photos were from the tour, the majority were taken just walking the streets of Venice.
And it helps to remember that that’s something we can still do any time.


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11 Responses to Venice Garden & Home Tour suspended for 2015

  1. Rebecca says:

    Wow–any idea what the reason was? View Park/Windsor Hills/Ladera Heights have a bi-annual garden tour–the next one should be 2016 (assuming it’s not cancelled!).

  2. hb says:

    Garden tours are a lot of work to put on–the group that puts it on may be–exhausted.

    The streets are lovely, and not so crowded as on a tour.

  3. Oh no! I remember reading about a tour in Austin being cancelled too. Let’s hope it’s not a growing trend.

  4. Kris P says:

    Cancelled after 21 years! How sad. Like Loree, I thought of Pam’s announcement that the spring tour in Austin was cancelled. South Coast Botanic Garden’s fall plant sale was scaled back to a few tables on the front patio and the spring sale, which I remember as a 2-day event, is 1 day this year. It’s disappointing but, as you say, there’s always a way for a gardener to get her fix.

  5. Anna K says:

    What a bummer… But judging from what the photos tell, there is plenty to see even without an actual tour. Even so, it would be sad.

  6. Denise says:

    The last couple years the food vans were brought in, with a large designated area for eating, so it was obvious that quite a bit of organization was involved even beyond all the volunteers passing out maps and green bands at the school. But I have no information why it’s been cancelled. Designer Jay Griffiths started the whole thing, but I’m not even sure if he was still hands-on and/or had the power to say thumbs up or down.

    Rebecca, thanks for the tip on that tour. Now I’m starved for tours!

  7. Alice Joyce says:

    And this was to be the year I would finally attend the Venice Garden & Home Tour!
    Thanks for the heads-up:-]

  8. Denise says:

    Oh, Alice, it would have been such fun to see you there!

  9. Pam/Digging says:

    I know just how you feel. A longtime tour in Austin was cancelled indefinitely this year, and the reason was declining returns for the hosting organization. Not good news for an invested gardening community, to be sure. By the way, your blue Circle Pot image is a stunner. I never thought much of the blue color, though I love the orange-red, but it looks wonderful with that blue-tinged succulent.

  10. Chrissy says:

    Been going for years. One of my favorite things. Their website says this: “Special Announcement

    Great News! While the Venice Garden Tour will not take place in 2015, it will resume once again in Spring of 2016. We’ll post more info as it becomes available.”

  11. Denise says:

    Thanks for the good news, Chrissy!

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