Five Local Havens On Display As Garden Club Tours Get Underway

(Contributed Photo)
Once the home of Eugene O’Neill, this property was transformed by its current owners to create a private, flower-filled enclave in the front garden.

    The Orinda Garden Club’s (OGC) spring tour offers a rare opportunity for garden lovers to view five private home gardens in Orinda and Lafayette. The self-guided tour on Thursday, May 9, begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m., rain or shine and is open to the public.
    Proceeds benefit the club’s local beautification projects, horticultural scholarships, conservation projects, bouquets for patients at the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in Martinez and more. Beautification projects include the recent major improvements to Orinda’s medians.
    Tour chairs Chris Stoneberg and Rhonda Zakskorn promise everyone can find inspiration in the gardens, from a jewel-box in Orinda Woods to an historic estate once the residence of Eugene O’Neill.
    “Take home ideas for drought tolerant plants, courtyards, fountains and swings from these hidden garden gems,” says designer Shari Bashin-Sullivan. 
    Tour sponsors are Enchanting Planting and the Beaubelle Group Compass Real Estate.
    Tickets are $50 per person and are available at, or at Orinda Books, McDonnell Nursery and Orchard Nursery. Space is limited.

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