For the 44th year, the Westlake Village Garden Club’s annual spring Garden Tour showcases the best in landscape design in the Conejo Valley. This award-winning tour is open to the public and features several local, unique “California-style” gardens in celebration of outdoor living and al fresco entertaining.
Proceeds from the April 23 tour fund the 501(c)3 nonprofit’s scholarship program for community college students pursuing a degree in horticultural or environmental studies at a university, in addition to a dozen nonprofit organizations devoted to the enhancement and protection of natural landscapes.
“This year’s tour will be a celebration of the best thing about California gardens… allowing us to enjoy resort-style living with space, large or small, devoted to relaxing, playing, cooking and entertaining outdoors,” says Tour Chair Maryanne Lucas.
With the mission to “promote gardening, floral design, civic beautification, environmental responsibility and the exchange of information and ideas,” the Westlake Village Garden Club was founded in 1969 and operates exclusively for charitable and educational purposes.
The Club’s 100-plus members promote the love of gardening through community education programs and their nearly 50 years of service have been recognized by the state federation of garden clubs.
“I joined the Westlake Village Garden Club for several reasons,” says Kathy Gilbert, garden club member for 6 years. “I share my love of gardening with members and at each meeting we have expert speakers that increase our knowledge of plant life. And working on our annual tour is rewarding because we are promoting conservation and encouraging visitors to appreciate their own environment,” adds Gilbert.
Started in 1969 by a contingent of the Westlake Village Newcomers Club interested in sharing their mutual love of gardening, today the club is affiliated with the Channel Islands District of California Garden Clubs, Inc. and is a member of National Garden Clubs Inc. Since hosting its first garden tour in 1971, with the exception of two years, the Westlake Village Garden Club has sponsored annual garden tours spotlighting unique private gardens throughout the Conejo Valley.
This year’s garden tour features inspiring custom garden homes in Westlake Village, Oak Park and Agoura Hills.
Three Springs, Westlake Village
This scenic overlook features a natural arroyo, breathtaking views and beautiful plants complementing a sparkling pool and creating the perfect backdrop for club members’ floral designs.
North Ranch, Westlake Village
A vineyard and orchard in the tradition of the grand villa presents the perfect North Ranch setting to sample tour sponsor Vintage Grocers’ small bites while taking in the majestic surroundings.
The club’s traditional cookies and lemonade will be served amidst the water features and artistic mix of hardscape, succulents and drought- tolerant plants in this exquisite urban paradise.
Fresh-baked pizzas straight from the outdoor oven and plenty of warm hospitality are served up at this suburban farm, bordering open space and home to chickens, grapevines and glorious plants.
Garden club members enjoy sharing common interests with people from around the world and across generations, while increasing their knowledge and pursuing their love of gardening. Members take pride in protecting native species, including trees, plants and birds, and supporting students in their pursuit of horticulture and/or environmental science degrees, while encouraging gardening in Westlake Village and surrounding communities.
The rewards of joining the Westlake Village Garden Club extend beyond the pleasures of growing things, as noted on their website, WestlakeVillageGardenClub.com:
- “Grow your knowledge via top-notch educational programs and schools.
- Garden for a purpose with community service projects, including disaster relief efforts and skill-building activities in eco-scaping, community beautification, etc.
- Participate in sharing, service and community-building.
- Promote environmental causes on a local, regional and national basis.
- Help local students pursue their dreams by helping to provide college scholarships.
- Grow your own edibles or help new friends grow tastier, healthier and local fare.
- Learn to make the most of resources, including your available garden space.
- Enhance your garden’s sustainability and reduce maintenance by planting “native” rain gardens and saving water.
- Nurture your inner artist with floral design study and flower shows.
- Learn from those with experience, and pass along your own passion and know-how to new generations of gardeners.
- Share your love of gardening and have fun!”
“It takes all the members of our village to ensure that Westlake Village remains a beautiful, safe and thriving community. We are indeed lucky to have so many people in our community, ready to work together to support the work that we do in the Westlake Village Garden Club,” notes club President, Judy Doane “In return, we extend our deepest gratitude and many thanks to everyone who makes our good works possible.”