In Southern California, some of the best gardens are off limits—except for one day of the year. Here's a glimpse behind the gates in Venice:
Photographs by Mimi Giboin, for Gardenista.
Above: A dry garden on this year's annual Venice Garden Tour, which showed visitors the private courtyards and backyards and gardens in two neighborhoods: the Gregory Ain tract in Mar Vista and the blocks east of Lincoln Boulevard.
Above: Tillandsias—also known as air plants—in a sunny courtyard.
Above: Succulents, including a variety of drought tolerant succulents, thrive in a dry, sunny spot.
Above: Potted succulents, pelargoniums, and herbs in a courtyard where a permeable gravel base aids drainage.
Above: A permeable path, edged with drought tolerant perennials.
Above: Low-growing groundcover roses in galvanized metal troughs.
Above: The rough texture of a concrete planter complements the vaguely swollen look of succulents, which hoard water in their leaves.