Santa Paula Times

Hospice Homes & Gardens Tour/Art Walk in The Oaks Sunday

April 14, 2004
Santa Paula News

There’s no place in Santa Paula like The Oaks and this famous eclectic locale will be highlighted Sunday during the 21st Annual Santa Clara Valley Hospice Home Support Group Home & Garden Tour/Art Walk in The Oaks.

There’s no place in Santa Paula like The Oaks and this famous eclectic locale will be highlighted Sunday during the 21st Annual Santa Clara Valley Hospice Home Support Group Home & Garden Tour/Art Walk in The Oaks.Hospice of Santa Clara Valley/Home Support Group is taking advantage of the charms of the admired Oaks – as well as another notable neighborhood - for its annual tour offering strolls through magnificent gardens, walkthroughs of wonderful homes and the works of fine artists in various charming venues.Sunday’s tour is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets for the event are $15, $20 on the day of the tour.The 2004 Tour will feature not only a marvelous lineup of homes, gardens and art of all types, but a special gathering on the grounds of an English country estate for a silent auction, Boutique, opportunity drawings, plant sale, refreshments and ice cream sundaes.All proceeds benefit Santa Clara Valley Hospice Home Support Group - serving the communities of Santa Paula, Fillmore, Piru and Saticoy - with an array of free programs and activities geared to numerous individual needs.A nostalgic 1920s stop will be offered by Jan and Don Heflin at 930 McKevett Road, another historic area in close proximity to The Oaks.Boston ivy covers the exterior of this charming cottage that retains its original sparkling glass doorknobs and drawer pulls.Antique cameras sit on a living room bookshelf that originally was a doorway; on the dining room side is a display cabinet filled with green Depression glass.The magnificent living room fireplace is topped with a custom brass Norman arch to match the front door and drapes. The guest bedroom’s white enamel bed is perfect to relax and read a F. Scott Fitzgerald novel.A magnificent bottlebrush peeks over the garden wall.Ice cream sundaes under The Oaks is offered in the Garden of Jim Procter, 1167 Say Road where your unusual shopping tastes will be well satisfied in a unique setting. Twenty-one Oak trees will shade a Boutique, plant sale, opportunity drawings and a silent auction.The garden-themed Boutique features must-have items from Pamela’s, Brownie’s Basement, Mirage and Topiary. DoRight’s Nursery of Santa Paula is providing hundreds of wonderful plants for sale as will Otto & Son’s Nursery of Fillmore, whose magnificent roses will delight the most discriminating gardener.Janine Reese of Fillmore’s Apothecary will be available to custom blend oils and fragrances, rounding out boutique items geared to the senses.Ice cream service will start at noon but come early to enjoy the garden shopping and bidding opportunities!An artful stop for fans of art Impressionists will be at the Cynthia and Fred Davis Garden, 1200 Fern Oaks Drive. This garden resembles a California Plein Air painting with its soft colors and plants. Shadows that filter the light and gently bubbling water fountains add to the space.Paintings by Davis, a watercolorist, and artist friends will be displayed in this perfect setting.Plein Air is the practice of painting in the open to recreate effects of light and atmosphere: Monet and other Impressionists would feel right at home here.The garden features a beautiful covered patio, narrow pathways wander on the perimeters of rock and flowerbeds. The beautiful gazebo is a perfect stop to smell the flowers.Spanish/Mexican Colonial art dazzles at the Doering/Hernandez Garden144 Oakdale Place, where the oversized dramatic oil paintings of Hope Doering, a.k.a. Esperanza will be are highlighted.The green of the lawn and the lush trees that dot the ample back yard are the perfect backdrop for Esperanza’s paintings that evoke romance and drama, peace and war.
Most of these oils, several as large as 4 feet by 5 feet, are orientated to the Spanish and Mexican periods in the Southwest, and unique portraits intermingled with garden and desert scenes will be on display near a brick patio that blends perfectly with Esperanza’s art subjects.Metal sculpture fits naturally in the contemporary setting of the home and garden of Linda Matthes and Bill Pennock, 1341 Say Road.This 1960s ranch-style designed by a notable architect was highlighted in the Los Angeles Times House Magazine and House Beautiful Building Manual.Matthes enjoys creating metal sculptures amid the unique property and home open to the outdoors. The breezeway features a lush bamboo grove, birdhouses, unusual plants and two Buddha-like children sleeping on the front porch.Extensive use of glass walls and paved outdoor areas stretch living space both actually and visually.Painted masks watch those who visit the home. The back garden features stone paths to wander amid flowers and abundant groundcovers.An eye-catching eclectic mix of architectural styles is evident both inside and out at 1328 Woodland Drive, the home of historians Judy Triem & Mitch Stone.Built in 1937, this eye-catching home is a mixture of California Ranch/Monterey Colonial Revival/French Provincial.The dining room reflects the couple’s love of Arts and Crafts furniture, including the Stickley Brothers. The sunny breakfast room and newly remodeled kitchen boast Catalina-style tiles by Richard Keit of Ojai. Great, colorful birds captured in tile reign over the cooking area.The living room is dominated by a bay window topped by a unique draped-effect gleaming hardwood and shelters a lovely English Craftsman sofa.Art can be admired throughout the house, including an extensive collection of rare, hand-tinted photographs.Follow the Art on Holly Road to refreshments, music and a visit to the garden of Lucinda and Dion Anderson, 1016 Holly Road, a short street of distinctive homes and ground zero for those exploring the Art Walk in The Oaks.Works created by award-winning Santa Paula Society of the Arts members will be displayed throughout this thoroughfare, closed to traffic for the tour. There is also the opportunity to freshen up at rest stops located on Holly Road.The Anderson Garden offers a delightfully rustic venue to sit and relax while listening to live music and enjoying light refreshments. Art will also be featured among this garden where a true sense of place is strongly developed.Pre-sale tickets for $15 each – remember, you save $5 each over the $20 day of the tour admission charge by getting your tickets to this popular event early! - are available in Santa Paula at the Chamber of Commerce (200 N. 10th St.), Santa Paula Times (944 E. Main St.), The Mill (212 N. Mill St.), Pamela’s (861 E. Main St.) and The Whistle Stop Café (989 E. Main St.). In Fillmore: Mirage (508 Santa Clara St.) and Fillmore Flowers (354 Central Ave.). In Ventura: Garden Memories (424 E. Main St.) and Adventures for Kids (1457 Telegraph Road).Tickets at $20 each will be available at each tour stop the day of the event.Tickets by mail ($15 each) can be ordered by making a check payable to Santa Clara Valley Hospice/Home Support Group, P.O. Box 365, Santa Paula, CA 93061 (please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope!). If time does not allow return mail, your tickets will be available at the Heflin Home for pickup.Call Santa Clara Valley Hospice at 525-1333 for $15 ticket reservations (available at the Heflin Home on Sunday), or Hospice Board President Cathy Barringer, 525-7985, for more information.Another special Santa Paula attraction also on Sunday is the 10th anniversary of the famous De Colores Art Show & Cultural Celebration.De Colores will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and feature art, music, a Mercado and music at the architecturally and historically grand Santa Paula California Oil Museum (corner of 10th and Main streets). So plan to make a day of your visit to Santa Paula!