January 2018 Tours & Travel

This month’s adventure began at Moon Valley Nursery in Irvine. If you are looking for trees and huge metalwork statues, this is the place to come! Next, we traveled to Huntington Beach to Village Nursery. We were ably led through the nursery by Mike Bryum. This nursery is well worth the time it takes to


September 2017

Nearly 40 Garden Club members attended our excursion to the Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach. Because our group was so large, Director Bo Glover (our September speaker) and Assistant Director Lori Whalen led the two groups on a guided tour through the various natural gardens of the multi-acre campus. It is truly an amazing


February 2017

We headed down to Fallbrook for this month’s Tours & Travel. First, we stopped at the quaint Myrtle Creek Botanical Gardens and Nursery. It covers several acres and boasts a gift shop and a cafe. Next, we went to M&J Nursery which is a small family-run nursery with about a zillion plants for purchase (and


November 2016

In November 2016, we traveled to Torrance to the RainForest. Founder, Paul Isley, gave a great talk on the history of his business and of the tilllansia business as a whole. This included the fact that although tillansias are not native to southeast Asia, because of the favorable climate there, it is becoming a major


Casa del Sol Garden

On a sunny and blustery Friday, Tours and Travel met at the home of Mariann Keenan in Mission Viejo. Her gardens are a succulent-lover’s delight! Many different specimens, beautiful pots, and art pieces showing how a yard can change from average grass and flowers to an imaginative wonderland in four short years.Thank you, Mariann, for


San Diego Botanic Gardens

Laguna Beach Garden Club members piled into cars and drove down to the San Diego Botanic Gardens on Friday, February 26 2016. The weather was gorgeous with light breezes and sunshine. We were supposed to have a docent but that plan went awry. In the members’ opinions, that was a good thing! We broke into