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The 2017 Garden Tour will feature 7 locations in Borrego Springs, including several home tours.
Purchase tickets online or in the ABDNHA Borrego Desert Nature Center, one block west of Christmas Circle.
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EL ALAMO – House & Garden: A single metal hombre in a sombrero greets you at the woven-wood door to entice you into the spacious paved courtyard that won the owner’s heart. Paved with brick and bordered by a variety of plants, a step into this private space invites serenity. A large, tiered fountain splashes peaceful murmurings while you enjoy views over the high walls to the mountains beyond. The main house may be entered to experience the simple elegance of Southwestern-style living. Out the back entry is a casual seating area where the peace of the desert can be enjoyed throughout the day.
’OHANA - Welcomed by beautiful bougainvillea and angel wings of the cactus variety, you feel at home even before entering ’Ohana through the metal gates. In the Hawaiian culture, ’Ohana means family. The two-plus acres provide plenty of room for family gatherings, yet privacy abounds at this desert hideaway. Mature palms, Chilean and honey mesquite, willow, acacia, olive, and blue palo verde trees create screening from the street. Native plants added by the owners include smoketrees, brittle bush, ocotillo, blue agave, milkweed, both male and female jojoba, apricot mallow, burro-bush, yucca, lavender, fairy duster, and barrel cactus. See if you can spot the owners’ favorite rock feature — a trio of stones they call “the kiss.”
MID-CENTURY DESERT MODERN - House & Garden: While epitomizing Mid-Century Modern with its architectural style and desert-natural landscaping, your visit to this home and garden nevertheless contain elements of surprise. Inside the home you will see the original, 1952 built-in cabinets, all in good working order. In the 1990s, the previous owners commissioned The Architects Collaborative firm to help fill the home with furniture designed by Eames, Platner, and Heywood-Wakefield. The current owners added a Marmoleum color-block mat by L.A. artist Laurie Crogan in keeping with the mid-century theme. Also fitting is the mature desert landscaping. Barrel cactus punctuate the property, along with huge ocotillo, agave, cholla cactus, a smoketree, native palm, and a fruit-bearing olive tree. Garden accents include an old millstone in the dry creek bed designed by Jose Arias, and a dark stone meditation circle constructed by the current owners.
RUSTIC DESERT RANCH - Have you ever dreamed of having your own private ranch resort? This owner spent weekends for seven years getting his Borrego spread just right. Sided with western red cedar imported from Missoula, Montana, the ranch house anchors the western theme. Man-made rock facing below the wood siding completes the rustic look. A wagon, wagon wheels, weathervane, cow skull, a heavy timbered-beam bell structure, and a rooster crowing further reflect the western desert. As you wander the property you may think you could be in Baja, or in Italy! On one side of the property sit two palapas bordered by a bocce court. For added fun, find and count all the bird houses around the rustic ranch.
PUMPKIN HOUSE GARDEN - Like your pumpkin year ‘round and not just in autumn? If so, you’ll get a treat at the Pumpkin House gardens. So-called for the burnt orange exterior, the house makes an impact as soon as you arrive. The theme is further enhanced by friendly jack o’lanterns acting as smiling sentinels lining the steps. While the house initially captures your attention, soon views and the landscaping take over. High atop the hill, expansive views abound in every direction—Font’s Point, Toro Peak, the San Ysidro and Santa Rosa mountains, Whale Peak, and the desert below. The best view may be from the casita’s rooftop patio.
VINTAGE RV VILLAGE - Houses & Gardens: You will find much to marvel at in this miniature world as you turn back the clock to the 1950s and 60s to travel through the Vintage Village. The uniqueness of the dozens of travel trailers from a bygone era has been lovingly preserved by owners who restore, retrofit, and paint their Airstream, Streamline, or other brands of vintage trailers, several of which will be open for viewing. Each is individually decorated and landscaped. Fences, utility boxes, and signposts are works of art and a gardener’s source of inspiration.
EL CIELITO LINDA - Step behind curving adobe walls into El Cielito Lindo and travel back into old Mexico. A pretty little heaven under the lovely sky, you’ll find many artifacts and garden art. Front and center, you’ll see a pumpkin cart from the early 1900s that came from Guadalajara, Mexico. Just imagine the cart pulled by bulls on the way to the market. Further into the yard, notice the decorative tile stairs. Chickens in various art forms dot the property, including a ceramic planter on the tile steps and a larger-than-life fowl near the front wall. The sounds of a neighborhood rooster crowing provide consistency with the theme

ABDNHA Members
A limited number of volunteers are need to
serve as docents during the tour.
Docents receive free tour tickets.
If you are interested please submit your information below.

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