Paws in the Garden tour features four homes, raises funds for local animal rescue

The Capistrano Dispatch

The Ark of San Juan Companion Animal Rescue will host their seventh annual Paws in the Garden, garden tour on Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The day includes tours of four gardens—one in Capistrano Beach and three in San Juan Capistrano—door prizes and opportunity drawings.

In Capo Beach, tour an original 1929 Doheny cottage made famous by legendary antiquarian Gep Durenberger, and stroll winding paths through English gardens and aviaries on the property spanning five city lots. The cottage was the first structure built in Capistrano Beach and the Doheny family lived in it while their estate was being built on the coast, a short distance away. The property is the home of Daviell Maldonado and Eric Guenther, owners/designers of Whim Home and Studio Pink Design Services in San Juan Capistrano.

In San Juan, participants can see an award-winning, California-friendly garden featuring Southwestern arid-tropical native plants, an elegant multi-level garden designed by Roger’s Gardens, and a panoramic view of the city and a garden in the historic Los Rios District, featuring hollyhocks, sages, roses, jonquil, wisteria, orange and fig trees, vegetable gardens and a hidden tree house.

Tickets are $25 and proceeds go toward the Ark’s efforts to save abandoned pets. Tickets may be purchased online via PayPal or by mailing a check to Ark of San Juan, P.O. Box 117, San Juan Capistrano, 92693. On tour day, the tickets will be will-call at any of the four gardens. Tickets will also be sold at any of the four doors.

For more information call 949.388.0034, email or visit

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