15th Annual Tour
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TOUR the SECRET GARDENS of ROSS • Saturday, May 10th, 2014 • 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

A tour like no other...

Please join us Beyond the Garden Gate on Saturday, May 10, 2014. You're sure to appreciate the beauty and variety of the four wonderful gardens on this year's tour. Highlights include:

dragon fly A Ross estate with an outdoor fireplace set in a garden overflowing with roses, hydrangeas, and Rhododendron. The nearby garden "room", complete with berries, espalier apples, pears, and fruit trees, is the perfect spot for summer dining.

dragon fly A shingle-style house from the year 1900 boasts a garden that compliments the home's traditional exterior while incorporating simple layered planting to reflect a modern renovated interior. Antique garden ornaments dot the lovely space, and the Climbing Eden Rose is not to be missed!

dragon fly A peaceful garden honors the tradition of formal Japanese design but pushes the boundaries a bit by integrating new plant materials available to Landscape Designer Brandon Tyson. The garden's graceful bridge was inspired by Portland's Moon Bridge.

dragon fly A magnificent 4+ acre Mediterranean-inspired garden has been a work in progress for the past 18 years. You'll be dazzled by its breadth of plantings, architectural elements, and colorful serenity, all set against a glorious backdrop of Mount Tam and the surrounding hills.

The Garden Tour will be based on the grounds of Ross School. Please click here for a map showing Ross School's location.

All Garden Tour guests should park in the College of Marin's Lot #15. Please click here for a map showing Lot #15's location. Shuttle buses leave Lot #15 continuously beginning at 8:30 a.m. until approximately 1:30 p.m. It typically takes a couple of hours to visit all four gardens on the self-guided tour, and the gardens close at 3:00 p.m.

A route map is provided in the Garden Tour Program. This year's route is a five-mile loop, and as always, walkers and cyclists are most welcome.

Garden Tour tickets are $40 when purchased in advance online, and $50 when purchased on the day of the event. The ticket price includes parking in the College of Marin lot, shuttle transportation, and admission to all four gardens. Please click here to order tickets.

Two boxed lunch sandwich options (turkey and bacon or roasted vegetables), prepared by Woodlands Market, are available for purchase beginning at 11:00 a.m., and can be enjoyed at tables set up on the shaded grounds of Ross School. Lunch tickets are $10. Please order ahead to guarantee availability.

More information about the Garden Tour can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.


All photographs by Jennifer Skinner Portraits © 2014 Ross Garden Tour