March 20, 2011 (Anza-Borrego) – Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Museum Association offers a self-paced tour of five private gardens plus a “bonus garden” on Sunday, March 27 from 9:30-4 p.m. Tickets cost $14 for members, $18 for nonmembers. For information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-760-767-3098. The Borrego Desert Nature Center is located at 652 Palm Canyon Drive in Borrego Springs.
Below are descriptions of the gardens abloom on this year’s tour:
1. DESERT DREAM: With views to Font’s Point and graced with Artist John Richen gates and sculptures, this garden is desert, but also lush with roses, bougainvillea, rosemary and olive. Explore a separate vegetable garden and courtyards with pools, privacy, and plants.
2. NATIVE AND WILD: This large property is covered in native plants with a true Southwest feeling home and courtyard. No fences, just wide open spaces for wildlife and desert viewing. Come see what this homeowner has done to enhance the native landscape, yet not infringe upon it.
3. GATED SANCTUARY: Enter into another time reminiscent of old Mexico. Complete with the sound of water in the fountain, interesting plants, pool courtyard, and a medicine wheel that connects to views of Indian Head Mountain.
4. OUTDOOR LIVING: Mature tree aloes surrounded by desert landscaping will invite you to enter this owner-designed modern home and garden. Don’t miss the private outdoor dining area, the pool, and the broad expanse of desert all the way to the Santa Rosa Mountains. Desert Cottontails in the Garden © Roberta Meyer, ABDNHA Member
5. CASTLE GARDEN: Walk the native tree-lined driveway and then hike the hill to be rewarded with one of the most amazing garden/home sites in Borrego Springs. This garden was created by Norman Roberts, author of “Baja California Plant Field Guide.” Enjoy 360-degree views and an oasis for wildlife viewing.
6. BONUS GARDEN: Come see what the students are growing in their organic vegetable garden. The garden is sponsored by an Environmental Champions award from the Sempra Energy Foundation to ABDNHA. This garden is where the kids learn about growing food from seed, and about soil, plants, insects, irrigation, composting, and a variety of healthy food.
The Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association is a 501c3 non-profit desert educational organization, established 1971. Walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, and drinking water are advised for the tour.