Community Garden Park to celebrate a harvest of art and delicious local food on October 3

This year the South Laguna Community Garden Park will celebrate in a modified form the Garden Park’s success at bringing the Laguna Beach community together while producing beauty and promoting healthy living. 

Instead of a gala gathering, meals for four or two prepared by Chef Tiffani Tincher and Farmer Leo will be delivered to ticket holders’ doors at dinner time on Saturday, Oct 3, with safety precautions observed. The meal includes cocktails, appetizer, salad, vegetables, main course, dessert, and wine.

Community Garden poppy

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First Place: “Matilija Poppy IV” by Elizabeth McGhee, 5” x 7” colored pencil drawing

Ann Christoph says, “Our abundant rains late last spring produced an especially dazzling show of flowers at the Garden Park. Even though we had to cancel our usual classes and community events, solitary appreciation of beauty was still permitted. So we invited artists to paint at the Garden Park and submit their works for a competition. The artists were a delight, so pleased to enjoy the Garden Park, masks and all. We appreciate their lovely and creative submittals and their generosity in allowing us to offer their works for sale to benefit the Garden Park.” 

Bids will close at 8 p.m. on October 3, during the dinner. 

Community Garden Micheli

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Second Place: “A Thousand Beautiful Things” by Fernando Micheli

The paintings were juried by Bill Atkins, graphic artist and art director of Gallery Q; Jonathan Burke, former president of the Laguna College of Art and Design; and Carole Zavala, painter, art teacher, and one of the founders of Gallery Q.

A sensitively rendered colored pencil depiction of a Matilija Poppy by Elizabeth McGhee is the first place winner. A bold and beautiful painting of the upper garden, titled A Thousand Beautiful Things, by Fernando Micheli is second place. A lovely gouache rendering of the lower garden and oceanscape beyond at sunset by Mai Igarashi is third.   

Four honorable mention works by Kelsey Irvin, Lorraine Dawson, Ernesto Brieño, and Karen Hedges head the gallery on the auction site that shows all the impressive works submitted, including three children’s submittals by Autumn and Isla Borthwick, and Estephania Elgueta. 

Community Garden Igarashi

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Third Place: Gouache rendering by Mai Igarashi 

Art works are available for viewing at 31709 Coast Hwy. Call (949) 499-3574 for questions regarding the art.

To reserve event tickets, click here. A curated program of entertainment will accompany your meal. 

An important part of the event is the array of paintings of the Garden Park produced by local artists, offered at auction. To view the gallery, click here.

Funds raised will support the Garden Park and its efforts to become a permanent part of our city’s beautification and recreational offerings.

South Laguna Community Garden Park is a project of the South Laguna Civic Association. Charitable Ventures of Orange County (CVOC), a 501(c)(3) organization, is fiscal sponsor for the Garden Park. (Tax ID#20-8756660).

Online reservations and donations may be made at