Six diverse home gardens will be on display on June 11 as part of the San Diego Floral Association’s 2022 More Garden Gems of Kensington Garden Tour. The annual event, which takes place on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., is the premier fundraiser for the nonprofit organization.
The six gardens in the Kensington Borough show how different homeowners approach creating an urban garden, said Nancy Carter of the San Diego Floral Association. Some are carefully stylized, some experimentally freely formed, some exuberantly colorful and densely planted.
A garden is an important source of food for a young family; another was created by a nationally recognized rosary; a third is the work of succulent specialist Michael Buckner. Two of the gardens occupy large, irregularly shaped lots on winding streets. Carter said they show completely different ways of landscaping and enhancing a non-traditional garden space.
Tickets, which can be purchased at sdfloral.org, are $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the event. They can be purchased at the start of the tour, Edgeware Road and Madison Avenue in Kensington. A guide and map will be available.
The San Diego Floral Association, based at the Casa del Prado in Balboa Park, maintains a horticultural library and publishes the bimonthly California Garden magazine, the oldest continuous horticultural magazine in the western United States. Its outreach programs to promote horticulture and floriculture include grants for school gardens and for small farms and community gardens to support work with youth, seniors, veterans and those with special needs.
It has awarded more than $50,000 in scholarships to students in horticulture, floriculture, urban gardening, floral design, landscape design and installation, organic gardening, sustainable agriculture and water management, and other related fields. A member club of the Association holds a flower show at the Casa del Prado almost every weekend, and the larger group presents a flower show in Balboa Park in December as part of the ‘December Nights’.