The 2011 Encinitas Garden Festival & Tour had the largest attendance ever. Mother Nature obliged tour goers with a lovely, warm day softened by cool ocean breezes. The 2011 Gardener’s Marketplace was held in a private meadow along tree-lined Crest Drive, the scenic country road with western views to the beach and eastern views to the valley and mountains. Vendors and sponsors enjoyed enthusiastic shoppers, while speakers had audiences held at rapt attention. The gardens, of course, were spectacular.
This nearly century-old neighborhood featured more than 20 well-established gardens on large lots, some surrounding historic architecture. There were old-fashioned gardens and modern style gardens, Mediterranean gardens, succulent gardens, a Balinese garden, a healing garden, and even an urban farm.