2010 South Leucadia

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.