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Secret Gardens of Mill Valley

The Outdoor Art Club - Mill Valley, CA
Garden Tour April 27, 2017
Secret Gardens of Mill Valley

(Mill Valley, CA) – February 18, 2017 -
Patrons of this year’s Garden Tour will enjoy exclusive access to six properties, several of them historic. The tour is an annual fund-raising event conducted by the Outdoor Art Club, an historic organization of Mill Valley women who contribute to the well being of the community through its Outreach Program, and the preservation of OAC’s Maybeck building.
1. "Paradise Achieved": Stroll along paths decorated with hidden sculptures and heart stones. This gentle creation provides an indoor/outdoor living space where boundaries between home and nature disappear. A roof garden of succulents represents a living mosaic of plants found in the Mt. Tamalpais watershed.
2. “Halden Park”: Five years ago, when two adjacent properties became available, these art collectors with a gardening passion bought them both, enabling them to create a three acre garden with three pools; one dedicated to migrating waterfowl. Enjoy the edible kitchen garden, a nice variety of fruit trees, a cymbidium arbor hosting a collection of orchids, and a view of San Francisco.
3. “Pooh Bear’s Paradise”: Walk among the numerous fruit trees on this sub acre property and witness the owner’s efforts to achieve sustainability. Depending on the season the family harvests persimmon, plums, pears, lemons, oranges and even peaches. These are supported by solar panels providing house power and two 1,100 gallon cisterns fed by a water collection system. Bee hives, chickens, bats and owls all play a role in making this garden work.
4. “Gardenista HQ”: A Spanish revival bungalow’s front garden has been lovingly restored featuring charming pathways lined with flowers. There are large swaths of color provided by drought-resistant, and deer-proof perennials of varying heights and color. The backyard is filled with white roses along with espaliered olive trees.
5. “Manicured Village Garden”: The following two properties belonged to the Terwilliger family.
By turning the house sideways, she maximized the southern exposure that fills the house with light all day. Outdoors, pathways run between mirror-image garden beds. Sit in the comfortable outdoor chairs among the topiaries. The garden complements the home’s architecture. Every window has a view of the garden defined by a courtyard, path, or hedge.
6. “The Farmstead”: This homeowner has planted a garden resplendent with blossoming roses, dahlias, and lavender. Equally central is a sunny vegetable garden producing artichokes, cucumbers and corn, along with strawberries, lettuces and herbs. We invite the public to visit these six fabulous Mill Valley gardens on unique properties with shuttles departing from our 1904 Bernard Maybeck designed Clubhouse in the heart of Mill Valley, Ca.
Shuttles leave the Outdoor Art Club at One West Blithedale Ave. in downtown Mill Valley beginning at 9:00 a.m. The last shuttle leaves the clubhouse at 2:30 p.m. All gardens close promptly at 4:00 p.m. Private cars are not permitted. If you intend to visit all 6 gardens, you should plan on a minimum of 3 hours not including lunch. This year we will be offering 2 separate shuttle routes to allow our guests more flexibility.
Maps and directions will also be provided for self-directed cycling tours. Cyclists can pick up their maps at the Clubhouse, after they sign a release of liability.
A delicious Curried Chicken Salad luncheon (or vegetarian alternative) will be served at the Outdoor Art Club from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Luncheon tickets are $15.00 and must be reserved in advance. Reserve early, because seating is limited. On the Patio, there will be gardening information from Marin Master Gardeners and the Mill Valley Public Library. In addition, Book Passage will have gardening books for sale. The Outdoor Art Club also holds a silent auction for local goods and services and sells OAC aprons, jams and tote bags.
Please note that tickets can be reserved in advance online only up to April 25th at 5:00 p.m., after that time, tickets must be purchased at the door for $55. Advance tour tickets will be held for pick up at the Club's Registration desk on the day of the tour, and will not be mailed to patrons. This event is very popular, so remember to order your tickets early. For more information and tickets: www.outdoorartclub.org

The Outdoor Art Club was founded in 1902 making it one of the oldest women's clubs in the West. The major public fundraiser is the Garden Tour. Since 1994, the Outdoor Art Club has donated more than $518,496 to over 150 Marin nonprofits and local community projects.

Click here for information about the tour and to order advance tickets.

Click here for detailed descriptions of the properties on tour.

Click here for more information about the Outdoor Art Club's outreach grants program.

Media Contact: Penni Gladstone
email: Penni@pennigladstone.com

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