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Rambling Through the Ranch

This year, the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club has announced a twist on its annual tradition of showcasing a few estate gardens to the public with a new theme, Rambling through the Ranch—Garden Tour and Open Air Market. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 7, at the Club.

The new “tours by trolley” approach may become a tradition. “We realized that transportation from estate to estate was one of our toughest challenges,” says President Helen DiZio. “We had feedback that told us people did not want their experience in each garden to be restricted to the schedule of a big bus. Partnering with Old Town Trolley was an easy solution.”

In order to promote an intimate experience, a limited number of guests will come and go to the estate gardens over a five-hour period at their leisure, hopping on and off the open-air trolleys that will run in a continuous loop. The tour will start and stop at the Garden Clubhouse, near the center of the village. “Each garden is only five minutes away from the next, so the ride will be fun and an enjoyable way to experience the natural botanical color of Rancho Santa Fe,” DiZio explains. Ample street parking will be available at the Garden Club, as well as at the nearby school.

Visitors can enjoy the new Open Air Market on the Garden Club grounds, which will feature 40 home, garden, arts, food and craft vendors. “We are hoping that people will enjoy the market for awhile, go see a few of the gardens, perhaps come back for lunch at the market, and then finish the tour,” says Market Organizer Carris Rhodes.

Founded in 1926 to further the advancement of gardening and landscaping in the community of Rancho Santa Fe, the club has more than 300 members and serves the community through service, social and educational programs.

Cost: $30 in advance or $40 at door. Advance tickets are encouraged, as the event is strictly limited. To purchase tickets, send a check to the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club, P.O. Box 483, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067. Location: 17025 Avenida de Acacias, Rancho Santa Fe 92067. For more information, call 858-756-1554 or visit