The 2010 Encinitas Garden Festival & Tour visited a lovely corner of Leucadia, once known as “avocado acres.” Today, instead of avocados, it sprouts artists and musicians, many of whose participation in the festival lent an air of “country fair” to the day.
The Gardener’s Marketplace was held in Orpheus Park, a neighborhood park in the heart of the community. Gardens on tour were eclectic; from tropical to desert-like, from large to small, their owners warm and welcoming. We visited greenhouses along the route, a fire station garden and the Monarch Project, an organization that focuses on education about and conservation of monarch butterflies. The fabulous school garden at Paul Ecke Central elementary school was also part of the 2010 tour.