Noe Valley Garden Tour



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Nine spectacular gardens are featured on the 2018 Noe Valley Garden Tour to be held on Saturday, May 19th from 10am to 4pm. The theme for the 2018 Garden Tour is Art in the Garden. Besides visiting nine gorgeous Noe Valley garden gems the tour will also showcase the talents of neighborhood artists!

  • On the tour is a Mediterranean “tropical” garden with many varieties of tropical and drought tolerant trees, shrubs and bromeliads complete with beautiful sculptural elements. Artist Sylvie Guillot will showcase her figurative, still life and portrait drawings.
  • In a 100+ year old garden established in 1900, with only three owners over time, you will find a three tiered fountain, hidden spaces, niches and statuary. This sacred space supports the practice of meditation, prayer and quiet reflection. Tachina Rudman-Young and Brion Charles will display their sculptures and paintings.
  • A lush vertical living wall is the highlight in a contemporary, family friendly garden. The photography of of Brennan Wenck and the pastel art of S.A. Kushinka will be on exhibit in this garden.
  • You will be delighted at a whimsical, designer created, entertaining garden that is both tropical and cosy. In this garden Jane Willson’s woodblock prints and acrylic drawings can be found.
  • The On Lok/30th Street Senior Center, a hidden gem in Noe Valley, showcases a spacious garden bursting with color and surprises. You will find redwood, olive and fruit trees along with vegetable beds and bee hives. Local artists Jenny Badger Sultan and Henry Sultan will be exhibiting their paintings.
  • A striking front garden is a sneak preview for the exotics you find flourishing in a backyard garden that leads to a koi pond. Here you can view figurative drawings by two artists – Pickles and Robert Windle.
  • A light and open entertaining garden features “found object” sculptures along with rare established trees. Michelle Echenique will display her mixed media art in this garden where she is also the head gardener!
  • A large established garden, perfect for entertaining, has meandering pathways, secluded sitting areas and great horticultural variety. The assemblage art of Hector Sabates will be shown throughout.
  • A thriving vegetable garden is accented with established roses, grapevines and native plants in a lovely sunlit cottage garden. You can also see an example of a rainwater collection system here.  Heather Solway, head gardener and artist, will be exhibiting her watercolor drawings.

In addition to viewing the nine gardens, Suzanne Bontempo of Our Water Our World will give a talk about natural pest controls that help keep our water system cleaner and safer. These practices work to create a healthy, beautiful, vibrant yard while conserving water, reducing yard waste, and preventing pollution of our air and local rivers. Suzanne’s program will be held at the On Lok/30th Street Senior Center.

Tickets will be sold at the Farmers Market in the Town Square on Saturdays May 5th, May 12th and on the day of the tour May 19th. You may also purchase tickets on 24th Street at Folio Books, Just for Fun, and Umpqua Bank.  Olive This, Olive That on Vicksburg Street and Omnivore Books on Cesar Chavez at Church will have tickets for sale. Tickets can also be purchased right here online! Prices remain the same at $18 for adults and $15 for seniors 65+. Children under 12 are free.

If you are feeling lucky, raffle tickets will be sold for a garden make over in conjunction with the Garden Tour. The GRAND prize is a $300 gift certificate to Sloat Garden Center and four hours of labor in your garden. Two additional prizes are $50 gift certificates to Flora Grubb. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the same locations as Garden Tour tickets and at the Saturday Farmer’s Market. Tickets are 1 for $5, 3 for $10 and 10 for $20.

The proceeds from the garden tour will be returned to the community through a donation to a beautification project in the neighborhood. The Friends of Noe Valley would like to acknowledge and thank the following individuals and businesses for their sponsorship and continued support for this wonderful Noe Valley event. We could not do it without their generosity!

The Swann Group/The Agency – Lead Sponsor
BJ Droubi Team
Umpqua Bank
Sloat Garden Centers
Zephyr Realty
Noe Valley Merchants and Professionals Association
Dennis Otto
Duncan Wheeler
Dirty Hoe Landscaping
Stephanie Johnson/Pacific Union Realty
Flora Grubb




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