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[pullquote]"We all walk through our neighborhoods wondering what’s on the other side of the fence."[/pullquote]

'Orange Ice' Bougainvillea, Agave bracteosa, Senecio mandraliscae, and Hunnemannia fumariifolia - a heavenly combination! Photo: Nan Sterman

The phone rings. You are asked to invite the public to see how you use your outdoor space on a garden tour. Nan Sterman: author, garden journalist, speaker, and tour guide of gardens in California and Europe advises “Don’t get too worried about it. There is a reason you were asked—and it wasn’t to embarrass you.”

It was 2003 when the Encinitas Cultural Tourism Committee recommended the town initiate the now venerable Encinitas Garden Festival and Tour. Nan explains the appeal of the event as a way of satisfying natural curiosity “We all walk through our neighborhoods wondering what’s on the other side of the fence.”

It took two years to organize and advertise the first tour.  Nan settled into her role founding the selection committee. All expectations were exceeded when the brand new 501(c)(3) community fundraising organization sold out all 700 tickets...

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