Homeowners to let public see gardens

For 24 years, Morro Bay’s American Association of University Women has discovered and showcased unique gardens throughout the Estero Bay.

From noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, gracious homeowners will open their gardens to the public, benefitting the many causes supported by AAUW. But you need a $10 ticket to access the map to this year’s “Gardens of the World.”

“We have eight unique gardens featured this year,” Publicity Chairwoman Janelle Richardson said. “They are located in Cayucos, Morro Bay and Los Osos.”

Local gardens model those found in the Mediterranean, China, Japan and Mexico. There is also a cottage garden, a flower garden and oak tree garden. They range from small to large, from owner designed to landscaper designed.

The garden tour committee led by Joy Molenaar of Cayucos chose the gardens for their succulents, roses, iris, herbs, vegetables, oak trees, Japanese maples, fruit trees, palms, many flowering shrubs and vines, interesting paths and patios, a koi pond, a 40-year old stag horn fern, and spectacular ocean view.

President Ellen Pool noted the proceeds would benefit education projects such as scholarships, Tech Trek Science and Math Camp, books for Morro Bay Library, the “Women in History” Essay Contest, and the awards banquet for Morro Bay High School academic achievement.

Tickets are available at Miner’s Hardware, Farm Supply in San Luis Obispo, Volumes of Pleasure Bookstore or Coalesce bookstore or by calling 235-5779.

The Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce promises food, fun, stuff to buy including kites to fly and for sure lots of flying colors flitting across the sky.

But not everyone is playing Saturday morning. Morro Bay, Los Osos and Cayucos Seaside Rotarians are participating in Rotary Worldwide Community Work Day. Rotary clubs worldwide take on a community project the last Saturday of April. The Estero Bay memberships collaborated to spruce up the sand spit before summer tourists come to visit.

But the party weekend begins Friday evening at the South Bay Community Center when the Los Osos Baywood Park Chamber of Commerce puts on a big event. This year’s Business Showcase from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. has a Hawaiian theme. Businesses show their stuff and offer lots of nibbles and prizes. And the cost? Chamber executive Julie Downey said, “It’s free!”