The Laguna Beach Garden Club announces Ladies of Laguna for the 2024 Gate & Garden Tour

Last year was the first time that the Garden Club introduced the hat contest as part of the Gate & Garden Tour festivities. It was an instant success with more than 100+ woman showing up in their finest hats. This year’s line-up of inspirational woman donning hats to get the community primed for this event are some of Laguna’s finest. The Gate & Garden Tour is the major fundraiser of the Laguna Beach Garden Club, and has enabled the funding of school gardens with more than $300,000 in scholarships and the new The Good of the Hive mural by Matt Willey.

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Photos by Mary Hurlbut

Julie Laughton

Julie Laughton, owner of Julie Laughton Design Build and president of the Chamber of Commerce, and ambassador of affordable housing for the United Nations OC chapter addressing the affordable housing crisis, is their first beautiful Lady of Laguna. Laughton has also stepped up to be a major sponsor of the 2024 Gate & Garden Tour.

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Julie Perrin Lee

Julie Perlin Lee has been executive director of the Laguna Art Museum since 2021. Perlin Lee has immersed herself in the Laguna Beach community and has done a great job in including many community organizations into the museum’s programs, including integrating muralist Matt Willey into LAM’s Art & Nature series.

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Renae Hinchey

Renae Hinchey, former general manager of the Laguna Beach Water District and current president of the Laguna Beach Seniors at the Susi Q Center, joins the line-up. Her connection with the Garden Club’s partner, the Water District, venue host for the tour, made her a perfect candidate.

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Kelly Osborne

Kelly Osborne, LBUSD board member and Laguna Beach elementary school garden teacher for both El Morro and Top of the World as well as liaison for the school gardens that the club has funded, is a lovely addition to their roster.

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Mae Ho

Mae Ho, Laguna Beach Garden Club member and philanthropist rounds out the 2024 roster of accomplished woman that embody the ethos of the club. Ho’s love of Ikebana, the art of bringing nature and humanity together is evident in everything she does. Ho is also a major sponsor of the 2024 tour, and they are honored to have her participate in such significant fashion.

To participate in the Garden Hat contest at the Saturday, May 4 Gate & Garden Tour, purchase a ticket to the tour, show up in your beautiful hat and have your photo taken. The categories this year are Most Elegant Hat, Most Creative Hat and Best Bee/Pollinator-themed hat. One prize will be awarded for each category. Winners will be determined by Laguna Beach Water Commissioners.

For more information about the Garden Club or to purchase tickets, go to www.lagunabeachgardenclub.org.


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