Spring is in the air!
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Spring has officially sprung and that means it’s time to think about what can be done around the house. From weeding and replanting the garden to de-cluttering the garage to perhaps some major overhauls to your home and property, now’s the time to consider what you’d like to upgrade and what it will take to do so.

We’ve compiled a list to help readers get started on all those projects, from new gardening techniques and tips to services to help with home improvements to where to buy that perfect accent for the home or garden.

Whether you’re looking for a new strategy for how to get the most out of your garden space or just searching for a different approach to gardening, look no further than the feature on a revolutionary new way to plant herbs, vegetables and flowers, conceived by a San Diego local.

If it’s major renovations you’re planning for, check out our section on landscape architects, interior designers and construction.

Perhaps you don’t need to tear down walls or build new ones to upgrade your space, but you’re looking for that little something special that will freshen your home. Check out our section on home décor and gifts for accents that can make a room or garden seem new.

Whatever you do to renew your space this spring, remember to support your local businesses. It will put some spring in their step and yours!

Point Loma Garden Walk brings spring to the Peninsula

Featuring self-guided tours of private residential gardens, the Point Loma Garden Walk — hosted each year by the Dana Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary — gives guests an glimpse of unique Point Loma and Ocean Beach gardens that seem ripped from the pages of a magazine. On April 27, visitors will see water falls, outdoor rooms, and whimsical and remarkable gardening enhancements on the tour’s 12th annual installment. The focus this year is on gardens designed and tended by homeowners.

Participants will have the chance to walk through and view the gardens at their leisure from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with water and portable toilets available along the route. In addition to the tour, guests can visit the garden boutique, where local artisans will offer for sale their unique creations — everything from garden furniture and outdoor accessories to birdhouses and potting benches made from salvaged wood and more — for sale. For those looking to be pampered, the Dana Diamond Tour is once again available, during which guests will be personally shuttled from home to home for private tours of the gardens. Diamond Tour participants will also receive a specialty gift bag and a gourmet lunch served in a garden that is not included on the regular tour.

Proceeds from the Garden Walk benefit Craniofacial Services at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego, the area’s only hospital dedicated solely to pediatrics. Craniofacial Services treats complex disorders of the face and skull, including cleft lip and palate.

The event is sponsored by local businesses and private donations, and this year’s sponsors include Brierton, Jones & Jones, LLP; Optimist Club of Point Loma; Point Loma Rotary; and Jerilyn Satterfield Jones. Advertisers include ARC Ergonomics, Inc.; The Gourmet Bagger; Green Office Plant Service; Davis Seiley Wealth Management; Mailboxes Express; Ocean Beach Antique District; Pacific Sotheby’s International Real Estate; Carolyn Yarbrough, Pacific Sotheby's International Real Estate; L B Powers & Son Plumbing Co. Inc.; San Diego Home/Garden Magazine; Bill & Marti Klees - Seaport Realtors; University Mechanical & Engineering Contractors, Inc.; San Diego Master Gardeners Association; Point Loma Rotary; Mission Hills Nursery; and Kathleen Hare, Windemere Real Estate.

Tickets to the garden tour are $25 per person for the regular tour and $150 for the Dana Diamond Tour, and are available online at pointlomagardenwalk.com.

Tickets are also on sale at the following locations: 

Ace Hardware Liberty Station, 2750 Dewey Road, Suite 103, (619) 326-0827

Armstrong Garden Centers, 1350 W. Morena Blvd., (619) 276-9970

Cedros Gardens, 330 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach, (858) 792-8640

Green Gardens Nursery, 4810 Cass St., (858) 483-7846

Mission Hills Nursery, 1525 Fort Stockton Drive, (619) 295-2808

Vintage Revivals, 4847 Newport Ave., (619) 269-7922

Walter Andersen Nursery (Point Loma), 3642 Enterprise St., (619) 224-8271, and Walter Andersen Nursery (Poway), 12755 Danielson Court, (858) 513-4900

For more information on the tour or how to obtain tickets, visit pointlomagardenwalk.com, email contact@pointloma-gardenwalk.com or call (619) 518-8663.

LANDSCAPE DESIGN La Jolla Landscape and Design offers a variety of services to maintain and customize yards of any size and style. Its staff is knowledgeable and experienced, and specializes in services that keep plants healthy and beautiful. It offers landscape maintenance and tree service for yard upkeep, but it also provides design and installation. The designers consider a number of factors, including climate, topography and groundwater recharge to ensure a quality landscape. They make sure the design works in harmony with the property’s architecture and geography. In addition to plants, the company also handles building projects like decks and lighting.


(858) 220-3138

Focused on environmentally friendly practices, Revolution Landscape provides sustainable landscape design, construction and maintenance. Its mission goes beyond aesthetics, and makes sure its designs conserve water, save energy and support native plants. It offers everything from weeding and upkeep to harvesting and composting. For projects big and small, Revolution Landscape determines the most energy efficient designs that incorporate natural sunlight and water retention. Its landscape services are great for those looking to reduce their carbon footprint while growing a variety of fresh, sustainable fruits and vegetables.


7514 Girard Ave. Ste. 1507

(858) 775-1805

Garner Wichmann Dean landscape architects work with clients on projects that incorporate a harmony of plants and stonework. From the beginning, architects determine the budget, analyze the property’s zoning regulations and prepare the master plan in order to coordinate the designers and client. The designers have vast experience with landscape architecture in San Diego, and can help create the perfect design for any La Jolla property.


405 Via Del Norte Studio C

(858) 459-9220

HOME DECOR MOS My Own Space specializes in modern home designs. It carries furniture, accessories, rugs and accents to overhaul any room. The showroom’s furniture sets are simple, functional, stylish and built to last. With a variety of intricate rugs and glass lighting fixtures, clients can add their personal taste and touch to their home. The My Own Space website makes home decorating easy and allows customers to explore, design and order products online.


7722-A Girard Ave.

(858) 459-0099

Inspired by La Jolla’s coastal atmosphere, Seaside Home offers casual, but elegant furniture and home accessories. Its showroom displays collections from a wide variety of lines from all over the world including places like Italy, Patagonia and Peru. Everything from crystal chandeliers and lighting to bath linens and fine china creates a beautiful, coastal atmosphere in any room. Seaside Home also offers interior design services to help with any project.


1055 Wall St.

(858) 454-0866

Everett Stunz has specialized in bedroom and bath products for about 50 years. It imports lines from six different countries, and it is the only San Diego supplier of the DUX bed. Its interior designers personalize designs and products for homes and yachts. With a huge selection of sheets, blankets, comforters, pillows and beds, Everett Stunz has something for every client’s personal taste and perfect bedroom.


7616 Girard Ave.

(858) 459-3305

Inspired by the culture and style of Marseille, Cote Sud imports linens, ceramics, dinnerware and accessories from all over Europe. The products feature vibrant colors and floral-inspired designs that can give any room a warm, spring feel. Most of the linens and dishware are not only beautiful, but also durable and easy to wash. As the weather warms and the sun lingers into the evening, a La Jolla patio can feel like the South of France.


1145 Prospect St.

(858) 551-5125

Hydrangea Cove offers unique home and garden accessories with a beach cottage style. Customers can create a leisurely, welcoming atmosphere with vintage decor. A true beach cottage has a personality, and Hydrangea Cove knows that comes with attention to detail. It allows customers to shop for a personal touch with items likes books and jewelry.


929 Turquoise St.

(858) 750-3567

Patina Gift Store is a great place to find the finishing touches for a home redecorating project. Its wide selection of home and garden gifts is the perfect way to adorn and accent a newly designed room. With items ranging from glassware, dinnerware and bath products to art pieces, pottery and candles, it’s possible to customize every room. It fills its shelves with seasonal items, and recently received some colorful, spring-inspired plates and handmade olive wood pieces.


957 Turquoise St.

(858) 488-4488

HOME IMPROVEMENT In 1948, Nackey Scripps Meanley, a niece of Ellen B. Scripps, along with her husband, Tom, and son William opened Meanley & Son ACE Hardware. The store carries items for home improvement projects of every size. It has electrical and plumbing supplies for big projects, Mythic Paint for a non-toxic paint job and every tool to get the work done. For those looking to improve what ends up on the kitchen table, Meanley & Son carries gourmet cookware for any aspiring chef.


7756 Girard Ave.

(858) 454-4017

Armstrong Builders, run by local Tom Armstrong, was first formed in 1983 behind Armstrong’s house in Pacific Beach. From that tiny office the business grew, and Armstrong Builders has since designed or built some of the most beautiful projects in San Diego, including several award winners. Armstrong, who has been working in the industry since age 15, focuses on coastal homes and often includes green concepts in his designs.


755 Turqouise St.

(858) 488-2825

Golba Architecture specializes in award-winning residential and commercial architectural designs, as well as a wide array of rehabilitation and restoration work throughout all of San Diego and Southern California. The company pride itself on project delivery, which includes expertise in such areas as virtual-reality computer modeling through sustainable design to repair programs for deferred maintenance & construction defects.


1940 Garnet Ave.

(619) 231-9905

TIP>> Want to upgrade the look of your home but never quite sure what look to go with or where to get ideas? Interior designers and architects will of course bring with them a plethora of ideas cultivated from years of experience, but there are ways you can get an idea of what style suits you before you consult the professionals. La Jolla — and San Diego in general — offers a rich array of home and garden tours that allow participants to get a glimpse inside the homes of those who know how to put a look together (or who have hired the right people to do it for them). Keep an eye out for these tours that can hold a treasure trove of ideas for how to move forward with your own home makeovers.

Hint: two excellent events that will give participants loads of ideas for home and garden décor are coming up: the Point Loma Garden Walk on April 27 and the La Jolla Secret Garden Tour on May 18.

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