A fountain made from a terracotta jar sits in a quiet nook of the garden. Through the years, Clark says, her husband hasn't minded giving up more lawn in exchange for more garden as long as he's had a place to practice chipping golf balls. Now that Clark is eyeing the last remaining patch of grass, however, she may finally have a turf war on her hands. The Yust, Lerner and Clark gardens are all part of the Garden Conservancy's Open Days tour May 8. Participants can see as many as they wish from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular admission is $5 per garden; discounted tickets and maps will be available from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Getty House, the official residence of the mayor of Los Angeles, 605 S. Irving Blvd. Information: (888) 842-2442. For more garden profiles, sustainable landscaping advice and notices about upcoming events, bookmark our home and garden blog. You also can follow headlines by joining our Facebook gardening page.
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