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Garden Conservancy Opens Westside Gardens: three of the nine are in Santa Monica

On Saturday, May 7, nine of the most beautiful, imaginative and original private gardens in Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Pacific Palisades and Brentwood will open their gates to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This Open Days Program of the Garden Conservancy will begin at the Greystone Mansion and Park, 905 Loma Vista Drive in Beverly Hills.

The nine gardens chosen for the tour feature a diversity of design styles and the astounding variety of plant materials that thrive in coastal Southern California.

Three of the nine gardens are in Santa Monica. The focus of the Nancy Goslee Power Garden on Pier Avenue is a colorful courtyard with bright walls, fountains and interesting plants. The 15th Street garden is notable for its gazebo, guava, pomegranate, and an espaliered “Anna” apple tree. Ellen Hoff’s garden on 16th Street features iron and ceramic sculpture, recycled materials, unusual plants and microenvironments. A path made from a conveyer belt winds through a meadow and in the “ruins” garden, ceramic pillars emerge from purple, green and brown foliage.

The Open Days Program was created to introduce the public to gardening by providing easy access to prime examples of design and horticultural practice.

Admission proceeds from Open Days underwrite preservation projects of the Garden Conservancy.For more details call (888) 842-2442 or visit www.gardenconservancy.org

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