Tours

All garden tours have reached capacity and are now closed.

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Don’t despair!  There are so many interesting places to explore in San Luis Obispo county: check out the “Self-Guided Tours” section below.

And after you’ve checked out all the fun to be had, review this amazing list of raffle prizes just waiting to be yours!

 

Thanks for following these garden etiquette tips while visiting homes, nurseries, growers, etc.

  1. We never bring pets to meetings/tours and we never even ask if we may!
  2. We do our best to use public facilities or our own restroom before the meeting
  3. We do our best not to ask to go inside the hosts’ home.
  4. We never pick fruit, flowers, foliage, weeds, seed pods and we never even ask.
  5. We do our best to car pool and park with great respect to our host and the neighborhood.
  6. We never talk when our host is talking. We do our best to stay up close when given a tour.
  7. We never “take over” the tour and tell everyone how we do it at our home!!
  8. We have thoughtful questions but try not to ask questions that embarrass our host.
  9. We do our best to help our host feel good, feel appreciated. We clean up our mess.
  10. We stay on the path, with our host…and never go walking around on our own unless given permission by the host.
  11. At the end of the tour, we make a special effort to thank the host. We “gather up” and have some sort of “closure” to the tour.
  12. We even write thank you notes when we get home, especially if we asked a lot of questions, were impressed, were surprised, were treated well. We write thank you notes even when we are not the leader!

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LOCATION & DESCRIPTIONREGIONTIMEMAX
Marv's History Tour
Join Marv Daniels, charismatic and knowledgeable long-time member of CRFG, on a 4 mile history hike from San Luis Obispo's Stenner Creek to the Cuesta water tunnel. Learn the local history and get exercise at the same time!
To attend this tour you need to be registered for the Festival of Fruit, but you do not need to specify this tour on the registration form.
SOUTH COUNTYThursday 10:30am-1:30pmno maximum
Global Family Farm
The Global Family Farm is a garden area at City Farm SLO that explores and celebrates our cultural diversity on this planet Earth....our world's food cultures & cuisines, horticultural practices and ecosystems from around the world and family traditions & festivities from the four corners of the globe. It is a place for children and families to learn about how to grow food in an ecological approach that follows the ethics of permaculture: care for the earth, care for one another and care for our future. We encourage families to come be on the farmland with family outings and family picnics anytime. Farm field trips for school groups will be offered in the Fall and Spring: contact Teresa “Tree" Lees at treelees@charter.net.
To attend this tour you need to be registered for the Festival of Fruit, but you do not need to specify this tour on the registration form.
SOUTH COUNTYFriday 11:00am-noonno maximum
Larry's Hike through Lemon Grove, Cerro San Luis
Join Larry Hollis, another charismatic and knowledgeable long-time member of CRFG, on a 1.5 hour moderately strenuous hike through Lemon Grove on Cerro San Luis. Cerro San Luis is one in a chain of striking, ancient volcanic cones (aka "morros") located in San Luis Obispo county.
To attend this tour you need to be registered for the Festival of Fruit, but you do not need to specify this tour on the registration form.
SOUTH COUNTYSunday 7:30-9:00amno maximum
CRFG Demonstration Orchard
Walk through this orchard of 70+ fruit trees at your leisure! Apples, apricots, cherimoya, dragonfruit, jujubes, persimmons, pomegranates, quince, sapote, and more! An orchard host from the CRFG Central Coast Chapter will be on site to answer questions.
SOUTH COUNTYSunday 9:00-11:00amno maximum
7S. GARDEN OF THE SEVEN SISTERS (San Luis Obispo)
Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, docents will be on hand to give tours all morning
SOUTH COUNTYFriday 9am-noonno maximum
A. Tour Is Full ROCK FRONT RANCH (Santa Maria, 25 mile inland HWY 166)
Alisha Taff and Barney Skelton, producing honey, jujubes, plantings of kei apple
SANTA BARBARA COUNTYFriday 10am25 people
B. Tour Is Full KANDARIN ORGANICS(Los Osos)
Larry Kandarin, grows organic ancient grains
COAST NORTHFriday 10 am40 people
C. Tour Is Full CLEARWATER COLOR NURSERY (Los Osos)
Elliot and Meghan Paulson, greenhouse and growing grounds
COAST NORTHFriday 10 am25 people
D. This tour has been canceled due to sale of property FOXDALE FARMS (Paso Robles)
Astrid Jensen, olive farm and mill
NORTH COUNTYFriday 10am25 people
D2. Tour Is Full KILER RIDGE OLIVE FARM (Paso Robles)
Kiler Ridge Olive Farm is a 58-acre family farm in the coastal hills of central California, just minutes from downtown Paso Robles. The central coast climate and chalky soil are ideal for olives. They use sustainable farming practices, and currently maintain 2700 olive trees --- varieties originating from Italy and Sicily.
NORTH COUNTYFriday 11am25 people
E. Tour Is Full JACK SWORDS HOME(Nipomo)
"Trying to successfully grow uncommon and rare fruiting plants on our 1-1/2 acre. We have around 50 macadamia trees represented by over 15 varieties..."
SOUTH COUNTYFriday 11am40 people
F. Tour Is Full REQUA FARM
 (Los Osos)
"The garden utilizes companion planting techniques to avoid the use of pesticides and a variety of composting techniques to avoid the use of chemical fertilizers..."
COAST NORTHFriday 11:3040 people
G. Tour Is Full RUTIZ FARM  (Arroyo Grande) Jerry Rutiz, sustainable, pesticide free, farm and standSOUTH COUNTYFriday noon20 people
H. Tour Is Full a href="http://festivaloffruit.org/robert-and-carol-scott/">ROBERT AND CAROL SCOTT HOME (Arroyo Grande)
"2.4 acres of edible landscape - 75 apple trees, grafted with 200 varieties..."
SOUTH COUNTY Friday 12:30pm40 people
I. Tour Is Full MT. OLIVE FARM (Paso Robles)
Sustainable organic farm
NORTH COUNTYFriday 12:30pm100 people
J. Tour Is Full SWIFT SUBTROPICALS (Los Osos)
John Swift, organic grower of exotic crops
COAST NORTHFriday 1pm30 people
K. Tour Is Full CITY FARM (San Luis Obispo)
Nicki Anderson, sustainable, regional food system on 19 acres
SOUTH COUNTYFriday 1pm10 people
L. Tour Is Full OAK CREEK COMMONS (Paso Robles)
Co-housing neighborhood, garden area, orchard, bees, rain catchment


Also nearby: Centennial Park’s Lawn to Food Demo Garden
NORTH COUNTYSunday 9am20 people
M. Tour Is Full BLACK DIAMOND VERMICOMPOST (Paso Robles)
A state-of-the-art vermicomposting operation feeding millions of redworms producing over 200,000 lbs of high quality bio-active vermicompost annually. Demonstrations on aerated compost tea; see improvements in oak trees and surrounding soil.
NORTH COUNTYSunday 10am30 people
N. Tour Is Full JOE  SABOL HOME (San Luis Obispo)
"What to see: One acre of fruit trees...and flowers..."
SOUTH COUNTYSunday 10am35 people
O. Tour Is Full LES FERREIRA HOME
(San Luis Obispo)
"Built the house in 1983 and planted some of the trees prior to the start of construction. Have about 50 fruit trees..."
SOUTH COUNTYSunday 10am25 people
P. Tour Is Full JACK SWORDS HOME (Nipomo)
"Trying to successfully grow uncommon and rare fruiting plants on our 1-1/2 acre. We have around 50 macadamia trees represented by over 15 varieties..."
SOUTH COUNTYSunday 10:30am40 people
Q. Tour Is Full MY BLUE HEAVEN — Don and Roxy James Blueberry Farm  (Arroyo Grande)
"Today these 2 varieties, Sharp Blue and Misty, are healthy, vibrant, and definitely flourishing, not to mention delicious! We are amazed we can sell them successfully at our 'Honor Stand'..."
SOUTH COUNTYSunday 11am40 people
R. Tour Is Full MARV AND PET DANIELS HOME (Pismo Beach)
"Marv & Pet moved to their home in 1992 and immediately removed the lawn and landscaped the garden with edible plants..."
COAST SOUTHSunday 11am15 people
S. Tour Is Full LES FERREIRA HOME (San Luis Obispo)
"Built the house in 1983 and planted some of the trees prior to the start of construction. Have about 50 fruit trees...
SOUTH COUNTYSunday 11:30am25 people
T. Tour Is Full MARV AND PET DANIELS HOME (Pismo Beach)
"Marv & Pet moved to their home in 1992 and immediately removed the lawn and landscaped the garden with edible plants..."
COAST SOUTHSunday noon15 people
U. Tour Is Full ROBERT NIETO HOME (Pismo Beach)
Seaside edible landscape with fruit trees overlooking the Pacific Ocean (link for his landscape business photos)
COAST SOUTHSunday noon20 people
V. Tour Is Full ROBERT AND CAROL SCOTT HOME (Arroyo Grande)
"2.4 acres of edible landscape - 75 apple trees, grafted with 200 varieties..."
SOUTH COUNTYSunday 12:30pm40 people
W. Tour Is Full TIBER CANYON OLIVE RANCH  (Arroyo Grande)
Will Carlton and Chris Anderson, olive ranch
SOUTH COUNTYSunday 1pm20 people
X. Tour Is Full ROBERT NIETO HOME
(Pismo Beach)
Seaside edible landscape with fruit trees overlooking the Pacific Ocean (link for his landscape business photos)
COAST SOUTHSunday 1pm20 people
Y. Tour Is Full SLO GROWN PRODUCE (Arroyo Grande) Phillip and Nancy Langston, greenhouse growing veggies and olive ranchSOUTH COUNTYSunday 2pm35 people
Z. Tour Is Full EDULIS GARDENS (Arroyo Grande)
Eric Broberg has a small organic rare fruit growing operation on the Nipomo Mesa
SOUTH COUNTYSunday 2pm20 people

Self-Guided Tours

AppleFarm
Avila Barn
560 Avila Beach Drive, Avila Beach
(805) 595-2816

BayLaurelNursery
Bay Laurel Nursery
2500 El Camino Real, Atascadero
(805) 466-3449

CambriaNursery
Cambria Nursery & Florist
2801 Eton Road, Cambria
(805) 927-4747


CRFG_OrchardCRFG Fruit Orchard at Cal Poly
: 70+ fruit tree orchard.
Open Saturday, August 27th, from 8am – 5pm.
On Sunday, 9-11:00 am, an orchard host will be available to answer your questions.
Enter on Highland Drive, park in dirt parking lot at the Crops Unit (see map) on the Cal Poly campus.

DallidetAdobe
Dallidet Adobe and Gardens
Open Friday 10-4 and Sunday 1-4
1185 Pacific Street, San Luis Obispo
(805) 543-0638

 

GrowNurseryGrow Nursery
2024 Main Street, Cambria
(behind The Garden Shed shop)
(805) 924-1340

HearstCastle
Hearst Castle
Must make arrangements for tour in San Simeon
(800) 444-4445

JackHouseHistoric Jack House
536 Marsh Street, San Luis Obispo
Tour of the gardens anytime
(805) 781-7300

JackCreekFarms
Jack Creek Farms
5000 Highway 46 West, Templeton
(805) 239-1915

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Leaning Pine Arboretum

Open 8am-5pm Mon – Sat
Cal Poly Campus

LuffaFarmLuffa Farm
1457 Willow Road, Nipomo
(805) 343-0883


NaturesTouchNature’s Touch Nursery & Harvest

225 South Main Street, Templeton
(805) 434-3062

OldTownJunction
Old Town Junction

188 West Tefft Street, Nipomo
(805) 619-7056

 

PasoBambooPaso Bamboo
5590 North River Road, Paso Robles
Open every day by appointment:
(805) 712-1759

SageEcoGardensNursery Sage Ecological Landscapes & Nursery
1188 Los Osos Valley Road, Los Osos
(805) 574-0777

SLOBotGardenSan Luis Obispo Botanical Gardens
3450 Dairy Creek Road, San Luis Obispo
Open every day 9am-7pm
(805) 541-1400


GopherGlenSee Canyon Apple Orchards
Many Apple Farm Stands, Wineries and Cider
One of them:
Gopher Glen (805) 595-2646 See Canyon Road, Avila Beach

 WindmillFarms

Windmill Farms
1275 N. Thompson Ave, Arroyo Grande
(805) 489-1000

 

Community Event: Stone Soup Music Festival Street Faire August 27-28, Grover Beach, CA.  (Grover Beach is approximately 20 miles south of San Luis Obispo on US 101.)  This event features food, music, Dune Run-Run race, and “Mardi Paws” dog parade.  The SLO Model Railroad Association will setup and operate a display of mini-trains.

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