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The Secret Garden Tour extends a rare invitation to the public to stroll behind the garden gates of some of La Jolla’s loveliest secluded gardens, often concealed from view by mature trees, vines, or foliage. Visitors from throughout San Diego County and beyond have the opportunity to view private gardens in La Jolla during this important Society fundraiser.

Secret Garden Party - Friday, May 17, 2024 from 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Secret Garden Tour - Saturday, May 18, 2024

   Self-Guided Tour from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (Registration opens at 9:00 am and Gardens open at 10:00 am)

   Platinum Tour from 9:15 am - 3:30 pm

A garden tour is an opportunity to step into a different world – one where botanical colors, shapes, and fragrances command attention, summon the imagination, and lead to an escape from the world of the ordinary.        

For two decades La Jolla Historical Society’s Secret Garden Tour has provided the opportunity to step into the extraordinary world of La Jolla’s private gardens.  The Secret Garden Tour is much anticipated on the community’s spring calendar, and leaves a legacy throughout the year with financial support for the Society’s exhibitions and educational programs.

In addition to the plants and landscaping, the Tour includes opportunities to explore unique designs and in the company of garden enthusiasts and friends.  La Jolla’s tour often includes historic homes and examples of unique architecture, and the gardens are made special with the presence of live musicians, plein air artists, and dining table designs.  On the lawn of the Society’s Wisteria Cottage, the Garden Boutique showcases merchants with items of interest to gardeners and homeowners.

The Secret Garden tour began 25 years ago as an undertaking of a small group under the chairmanship of Linda Marrone and Susan Vandendriesse. Today it runs with multiple committees, dozens of volunteers, and with the help of the Society’s Board of Directors. The day of the Tour brings hundreds of visitors to La Jolla to enjoy the gardens and the restaurants, galleries, and ambiance of the village. 

Through the years many La Jolla homeowners have generously opened their gardens for viewing on this special day, providing an enchanting opportunity to visit and experience the charm behind the garden gates. 



Friday, May 17, 2024:

Secret Garden Party - 
      $105 pre-sale through February 16, 2024 ($95 for LJHS Members in advance) 
            ($85 when purchased with a Platinum Tour Ticket for Saturday)
      $115 in advance February 17 - May 11, 2024 or until sold out ($105 for LJHS Members in advance)
            ($85 when purchased with a Platinum Tour Ticket for Saturday)

Saturday, May 18, 2024:

Self-Guided Tour Ticket - 
      $50 pre-sale through February 16, 2024 
($40 for LJHS Members in advance)
      $55 in advance starting February 17 - May 17, 2024 
($45 for LJHS Members in advance)
      $65 day of tour May 18, 2024 ($55 for LJHS Members the day of tour)

Bonus Garden Ticket Upgrade - 
      $20 Bonus Garden in advance for self-guided tour (must be purchase with a self-guided tour ticket)

Platinum Tour Ticket - Buy Soon as these sell out Fast!
      $145 pre-sale through February 16, 2024 ($135 for LJHS Members in advance)
      $155 in advance 
February 17 - May 11, 2024 or until sold out ($145 for LJHS Members in advance)

Tour Ticket

On the day of the tour, attendees will register at the La Jolla Historical Society Wisteria Cottage at 780 Prospect Street. There you will check in and receive a wristband necessary to gain entrance to each garden, your program booklet with the locations and map of the secret gardens.  You may visit the gardens in any order you wish throughout the day.

Platinum Tour Ticket

Platinum Tour Ticket purchasers will enjoy a complimentary afternoon lunch at a unique venue. Platinum Tour attendees will enjoy touring the gardens via tour buses that will shuttle them from garden to garden with a lunch reception in the middle of the tour.

General Terms

Tickets not valid for refunds, cash value or exchanges. If the event is rescheduled, your ticket will be honored at the rescheduled event. The La Jolla Historical Society, McFarlane Promotions, Inc. and La Jolla Secret Garden Tour organizers reserve the right to refuse entrance to anyone. All articles are subject to search with admission. Event producers reserve the right to use photos or graphic images taken at La Jolla Secret Garden Tour. No video cameras, alcohol, simulated weapons, illegal drugs, weapons, tents, tape recorders, lawn chairs, hazardous substances, portable chairs, bicycles, wagons, large backpacks, skateboards, roller blades, coolers, cans, glass containers, large bags, umbrellas, or pets will be allowed brought onto the premises. The holder assumes all risk or danger incidental to the attraction/event whether occurring prior to, during or subsequent to the attraction/event including the risk of cancellation. No exception. This event is rain or shine.

Refund Policy

All items are non-refundable under any circumstances.

Item Transfer Policy

You may give your ticket to another individual.