Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club distributes grants

The RSF Garden Club recently completed its second round of grant distributions. A total of $50,000 was awarded to 12 nonprofit organizations with charitable horticulture projects in need of funding.

The San Diego Botanic Garden, one of the recipients, used their grant money to help fund their annual Insect and Ladybug Festival, which was held July 23 and 24 at their location in Encinitas. This one-of-a-kind event featured thousands of fascinating creepy-crawlies including live insects, lizards, snakes, and the famous “Madagascar hissing cockroaches.” Children practiced bug collecting, hands-on insect arts and crafts, and even tasted cooked mealworm larva (in various flavors such as mesquite, teriyaki and barbeque). Entomologists and other bug experts were available for questions and more than 20 informational booths taught and entertained children and adults alike.

Stay tuned for more updates on how the RSF Garden Club is contributing to our community as well as surrounding communities through charitable horticulture and charitable conservation.

Mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual Garden Fair & Market on Sept. 10 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The event will be held at the RSF Association parking lot, 17022 Avenida de Acacias, and will feature vendors representing all things horticulture, including landscape designers, plant and garden sales, irrigation specialists and more! This is a free, family-friendly event. Please join us! If you are interested in sponsoring this event or becoming a vendor, please contact Erin at the information below. The Garden Club will be offering free household memberships for the remainder of the 2016 year to all who attend on 9/10.

The Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Donations are tax deductible. For more information, call 858-756-1554, visit, or email: