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~ Members Garden Tour 2017 ~

Pleasant Valley Garden Club held our annual members' garden tour on Thursday, May 11th. Our first garden was Jeannette Filosa's up and over the hill in Newbury Park. Both her front yard and back yard was thoughtfully landscaped by herself and her husband. She has made great use of succulent plants. Our second garden was in Las Posas Estates at the home of Tanya Andrews. She and her husband have been busy re-doing their front yard. It's beautiful! It was especially fun to see "Tanya's Secret Garden" in the back. Our third garden was also in Las Posas Estates at the home of Rita Carolan. Her beautiful granddaughter was ready and willing to drive anyone up the steep driveway in a golf cart. Rita's garden, front and back, is full of both common and very exotic plants—and what a view! Her son and daughter-in-law were available for photo-taking. Our fourth garden was back in town at Andrea Soriano's home. She has done extensive work in the front yard, converting grass into drought-tolerant plants. The effect is beautiful and she's very proud of having a white Lily of the Nile from Liz Colbern. Andrea also let us see her back yard, even though she felt it wasn't in perfect order. It was also very lovely! Our fifth garden was at the home of Franki Giffin. She was very gracious to let us come after being in the hospital for pneumonia the week before. Front and back yards are beautiful. We were impressed with her elevated planters which she assembled herself. We ended our garden tour up at Grace Kelly's mountaintop retreat—always gorgeous! Her views are magnificent and we had fun eating our sack lunches, wandering around her wonderful garden and home, and having chocolate cake for dessert. Thanks to all the beautiful ladies and their beautiful gardens!

It's always a treat to see our members' botanical labor of love! ~ Joyce Klemann

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A stop at Andrea Soriano's for a tour of her garden.

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Frankie Griffin gave a tour of her garden as well.

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As did Tanya Andrews

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Jeanette Filosa had a few interesting items in her garden

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An image of Jeanette's garden

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Jeanette's friend stopped by for lunch!

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A flowering Yucca...

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...in Rita Carolan's garden.

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Linda Malone browsing in Rita's garden.

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Joyce Kleeman displaying the cake at the luncheon at Grace Kelly's after the tour.

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The cake looks too good to eat

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The luncheon at Grace Kelly's

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