Inaugural Rancho Santa Fe Garden Fair & Market celebrates the Balboa Park Centennial


In honor of the Balboa Park Centennial, the Ranch Santa Fe Garden Club has teamed up with the Balboa Park Conservancy to host the inaugural Rancho Santa Fe Garden Fair & Market on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is presented by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties and will be located at the Rancho Santa Fe Association/Community Center parking lot, 17022 Avenida de Acacias.

With its emphasis on horticulture, the 1915 Panama-California Exposition in Balboa Park was often referred to as the “Garden Fair.” Similarly, the day-long Rancho Santa Fe Garden Fair & Market will mark Balboa Park’s special 100-year anniversary by featuring free landscape consulting, plant and garden gifts, irrigation district rebates, horticulture presentations, food and fun hands-on activities for kids.

The Rancho Santa Fe Garden Fair & Market is the perfect opportunity to learn about water-wise irrigation systems and sustainable gardening and landscaping ideas and products. A series of 30-minutes lectures in the Community Center will cover such timely topics as rainwater harvesting, backyard aquaponics, and an update on current drought conditions in California.

Special guest presenter Thomas Herrera-Mishler, executive director of the Balboa Park Conservancy, will give a talk on Balboa Park’s sustainable landscaping efforts.

The Rancho Santa Fe Garden Fair & Market is also sponsored by Merril Lynch, Proscapes by Rhc, Inc., Crunch Care, Santa Fe Irrigation District, Moon Valley Nurseries, the Reilly Family, and Ranch & Coast Magazine.

Participating local businesses and organizations include:

• San Diego Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects

• Bushman USA — Rainwater harvesting products

• ECOLIFE Conservancy — Aquaponics lecture and demonstration

• EcoTurf — Landscape design and turf

• Fab Trailers — Photo booth

• Farm Fresh to You — Doorstep delivery of locally grown, organic produce

• Floral Design by Ari – Floral design studio

• Friends of RSF Library Guild — Horticulture craft for kids and book sales

• Quail Flower Barn — Garden gifts

• Moon Valley Nursery

• Nature & Eye — Hand-made jewelry cast in horticultural mediums

• Proscapes by Rhc, Inc. — Landscape design

• RSF CONE COMMITTEE — Representing RSF Committee on the natural environment

• RSF Fire Department — Education on fire safety through landscaping

• San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum — Horticulture activities for kids

• Santa Fe Irrigation District – Water rebate programs

• Solana Succulents, Emerald M. Growers — Plant sales

• Tacos La Mezcla, Caliano by Spinelli — Food truck concessions

• We Create Fun — Airbrush tattoos

The Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club is a nonprofit organization that strives to further the development of charitable horticulture and conservation activities, both within and outside the community of Rancho Santa Fe. For more information on RSF Garden Club membership and upcoming activities, please visit

The Balboa Park Conservancy enriches the visitor experience and keeps Balboa Park magnificent by sustaining and enhancing the Park’s beauty, and its historic, cultural, and recreational character for the enduring enjoyment of all