2009 Cardiff

The 2009 Encinitas Garden Festival & Tour high­lighted the won­der­ful beach com­mu­nity of Cardiff-by-the-Sea. The Marketplace was located at Cardiff Elementary School with its thriv­ing school gar­den. From there, tour goers set out on foot to visit mostly small and very per­sonal gar­dens spread out over Cardiff’s wind­ing and hilly neigh­bor­hoods. It was a chal­leng­ing walk for the intre­pid tour atten­dees, but by all accounts worth every huff and puff.

Gardens reflected a dis­tinct beach lifestyle, com­plete with daily atten­tion to the sun­set, as well as plants that thrived in the moist coastal air. One gar­den, for exam­ple, spanned Rossini Canyon with plant­i­ngs on both sides con­nected by a Swiss Family Robinson-type bridge. Another his­toric prop­erty fea­tured a decades old avo­cado and cit­rus orchard, a rem­nant of the neighborhood’s agri­cul­tural past. Still another was a lov­ingly restored beach bun­ga­low with ele­gant suc­cu­lent plantings.