The Charity Garden Tour and Ecke Plant Sale is scheduled for April 18 and features gardens throughout North County. The tour and sale benefits the Community Resource Center and goes through Carlsbad, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe and Encinitas.
The tour begins at 9 a.m. and costs $25. Tickets are available at
, (760) 230-6305 or at Weidners' Gardens, 695 Normandy Road in Encinitas.
The CRC provides support to abused women and children, as well as food and shelter assistance for low-income families and the homeless.
The Charity Garden Tour
-Energy efficiency: The Norby Home has received awards for its energy efficiency. The landscaping is a tribute to California native plants and features rose and herb gardens as well as a sangiovese vineyard. The landscape design is by Rich Risner of Grounded Landscape Architecture.
-Balinese: The owner of this Del Mar tour stop calls the landscaping theme tropical confusion, reflective of the wonderful eclectic mix that includes papayas, dioon palms and natal mahogany. The landscape design is by Dave and Sue Ericson, best known for their work at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.
-Eclectic with ocean views: This backyard opens up to stunning, unobstructed views of the ocean. The owners have worked with the limited space of the lawn area to create an open, eclectic sectioned garden that includes citrus trees, roses and a small bamboo collection.
Rancho Santa Fe
-English elegance: This masterpiece includes a hybrid green and sand trap, 50-plant rose garden, various sitting areas and a producing vegetable garden. The mature trees on the grounds include one large specimen ficus and sycamore. Landscape design by Philip Turner of The English Gardener.
-Southwestern style: Perfectly arranged with desert rocks, cactuses and succulents, this mid-sized garden includes a backyard with artificial turf. Whether or not you're a fan of this synthetic grass, you've got to see how it looks. Landscape design by Joseph Hall.