Saturday, June 8
One of the Floral Association’s most praised garden tours coincided with the centennial year of Kensington, a San Diego neighborhood founded in1910. It is a delight to return to this urban enclave of distinctive character and beautiful gardens for this year’s June 8 garden tour.
Kensington is reached on Adams Avenue and overlooks Mission Valley. It is easy to believe that developers sat down with a map of England as they named streets such as Sussex, Canterbury, Westminster and Marlborough. An alternative theory is that the names were derived from Massachusetts, the original home of early owners of the land. The housing on these streets is pure Californian. Many Kensington homes were built in the 1920s when Spanish Colonial Revival architecture was becoming Southern California’s dominate style. Beautiful examples of the California craftsman bungalow also can be found in Kensington.
The appeal of the neighborhood goes beyond charming street names and pleasing architecture. Kensington is outstanding because its residents take immense pride in their special corner of the world. Homes and gardens are maintained with meticulous care. Gardeners are imaginative and experimental, growing many kinds of plants in creative arrangements. These gardens are the best possible advertisement for a climate conducive to outdoor living—many provide for alfresco dining and comfortable lounging in sun and shade.
Please join San Diego Floral Association on this exquisite tour of eight Kensington gardens. A guarantee is offered: you will like the neighborhood, you will see new plants, you will be inspired!
Saturday, June 8, 2019
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tickets: Purchase here or
Purchase at Mission Hills Nursery and Walter Andersen Nurseries
Advance: $25 – Day of tour: $30
Maps with addresses, tickets, will call, and shopping at the Garden Marketplace Ward Canyon Park, 3905 Adams Avenue, SD 92116
(enter the park on 39th Street from Adams Avenue)
From Ward Canyon Park, drive east on Adams Avenue, crossing over Interstate 15 to reach the Kensington neighborhood and gardens on the tour.
Mission: To promote the knowledge and appreciation of horticulture and floriculture in the San Diego region.