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Important Note:  See Garden Tour update below 
All tickets now to be purchased at the ABDNHA Desert Nature Center
652 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs, CA 92004

Important Garden Tour update

This year's Garden Tour is coinciding with one of the best desert wildflower blooms in many years in the Anza-Borrego Desert.  That's a bonus in many ways, because you can include some wildflower viewing with the tour, but it also has generated heavy traffic coming into Borrego Springs and longer than normal travel times.  We want to point that out so that you can plan your trip here on Saturday.  There are several routes into Borrego Springs and the area with the most delays this past weekend was Montezuma Grade on S22.    

We are including this link to updated tour maps.
   The PDF includes a marked up Google map page that shows most of the routes to Borrego Springs from the west, of which there are several.  We have also attached an updated tour map.   We have eliminated one location, the Vintage RV Village, because its location on Palm Canyon Drive presents safety concerns with the heavy traffic coming into town and the large numbers of garden tour visitors who would be crossing and walking on the highway in that busy location.  We are erring on the side of safety in making this decision.  
Five of our remaining six gardens this year are in the southern part of the Borrego Valley. You can start your tour at either end but if you start in the south, with the "Pumpkin House" ( shown on the attached map) you will be in good position to enjoy five gardens, (including 2 homes) in the surrounding area with easy driving and parking for all of them.      The sixth garden/home, "El Alamo" is on the north side of the Borrego Valley.  If you avoid Palm Canyon - Christmas Circle and take either Borrego Valley Road or Di Giorgio Road to the north side of the valley, you can bypass much traffic and also get closer to some of the better wildflower areas, which you may want to include in your tour.   As with any desert trip - bring plenty of water for everyone, bring snacks, wear a hat, and wear sensible shoes for walking.  

VIEW THIS YEAR'S GARDENS
The 2017 Garden Tour will feature 6 locations in Borrego Springs, including several home tours.

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 - 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.
   
   
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


     



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