17th ANNUAL GARDEN TOUR
Every April, rain or shine, you can look forward to the Folsom Garden Club’s Annual Garden Tour. Always held on the last weekend in April, the Garden Tour features the finest Folsom gardens for you to visit and explore.
Each year, we present six or seven gorgeous gardens, choosing a range of different styles and designs. What’s your fancy? Do you love a large outdoor kitchen with all the bells and whistles? Or a swoon-worthy swimming pool? How about a cute and colorful cottage-style garden? Or a tranquil oasis that’s a plant lover’s dream? Modern design or traditional glamour? Gardens that showcase clever ideas, beautifully executed, are our specialty.
Throughout the gardens, you’ll find Master Gardeners on hand to answer your gardening questions, and artists painting in the gardens. We have a Plant Sale too, loaded with horticultural treasures at bargain prices. And then there’s our famous Bake Sale, which offers amazingly yummy delights. (Insider tip: the Bake Sale always sells out fast, so get there early before the tasty treats disappear.)
The Garden Tour is on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00AM to 4:00PM. You can order your ticket via PayPal through our website or purchase them at designated Folsom retailers. Ages 16 and over require a ticket—the little kiddos get in free. Your ticket includes a full description of each garden, maps, a list of our beloved sponsors, plus information (like where to stop for lunch) to help you enjoy the Garden Tour to the fullest.
- 328 Marsh Hawk Drive
- 332 Marsh Hawk Drive
- 1005 Persifer Street
- 110 Ofria Drive
- 271 Water View Way
- 9890 Oak Place East
- San Juan Water District
Paul and Joanne turned to professional landscaper Dennis Lilley to design their low-water garden to attract butterflies and birds while providing a low height profile. Hummingbirds visit “hot lips” and “Texas Ranger” sages, daylilies and dwarf buddleia all nestled next to a bubbling water feature. Front courtyard pots are filled with succulents and gardenias. Follow silver pavers back to the greenhouse and potting bench fitted with a unique sunflower sink. Walk by magnificent gardenia and rosemary hedges and let your eye travel to the cozy swing on the hill.
Fringe flowers, bay laurels, birch and crape myrtle, surrounded by moss rock retaining walls, thrive on the once problematic hill. Near the house are several Japanese maples under planted with lily turf. Paul’s favorite spot is under the shady pergola viewing the koi pond surrounded by daylilies, lily turf, agapanthus and Sago palms. Wander under the trumpet vine covered arch and discover the secluded child’s playhouse complete with electricity! Whether it is family BBQs, playtime with grandchildren or hosting the annual Easter egg hunt, this garden provides a wonderful opportunity for family to be together.
As you enter the backyard note the “cottage chic” garden art lovingly collected by the homeowner. Near the back door is a charming kitchen herb bed surrounded by lavender and rosemary. The original garage is now a garden shed perfect for storing supplies or garden treasures. Whether you’re working in the veggie beds or just relaxing in a lawn chair you’re sure to feel the calm that surrounds this charming garden.
The hot tub was deliberatively placed in the center of the garden so one would feel surrounded by nature. View trumpet vine, albutalon and weeping cherry while soaking in the bubbles. Sit on the stone bench in the quiet Zen garden area near the “waterless waterfall” and enjoy dogwood, ceanothus, spiraea and gardenia. According to Jennifer, a hedge trimmer is never used in this garden; instead the plants are gently clipped by hand, giving you the feel of a true walk with California nature.
Lining the paths is bright moneywort and on the house is carefully tended creeping fig. Walk alongside hopseed, yew and a madrone tree as you enter the back garden. Watch your step as you gaze at the spectacular view! Along the pathway are veggie and herb beds and a potting bench for propagating succulents featured in pots, artistic wall hangings and in the ground. In order to not detract from the vast horizontal view, the home owners concentrated on plant texture and height using an Asian influence. Junipers, creeping Atlas cedar, and Japanese black pine keep a low profile letting your eye sweep through the glass fence. Citrus and olive trees mix with varieties of manzanita, butterfly bush and lavender which are visited by resident bees, carefully tended by amateur beekeeper Terri.
View the original rustic shade structure where s’mores are toasted and a Neil Diamond rose, Ashlee’s favorite, scents the air with its blooms. Fringe flower, day lily, citrus, manzanita and crape myrtle grow along the gentle hillside providing color and texture. Don’t miss the adorable playhouse, surrounded by natural woods, veggie beds and a small orchard, where fond childhood memories were made. Whether entertaining a large group or curling up on a secluded deck chair, this garden offers a serene, lofty getaway, without ever leaving the backyard.
The garden has a variety of garden types, including deer resistant, turf substitute, pond, shade and a perennial and rock gardens, to name a few. You can relax in this peaceful setting that includes a pond and a variety of gardens featuring roses, succulents, and California native plants. The garden areas have recently been refurbished after being closed for three years.
Our Garden Tour is our major fundraiser, and it benefits our Scholarships and Grants programs. The money we raise in Folsom stays in Folsom. Our Grants program has funded local horticultural projects for schools, historical preservation groups, and local non profits that have gardens such as the food bank and the zoo. Check out the Grants section under the What We Do tab for details. Our Scholarships go to local college students studying horticulture or a related field. Details about Scholarships are found under the What We Do tab as well.
Attending the Garden Tour is a total win-win. You’ll have a wonderful time, enjoy a fun day with family and friends, get great gardening ideas, and make a meaningful contribution that will beautify, uplift, and educate our community.