The Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club commenced operations in 1926. A small group of families in the area wanted to further the advancement of gardening and landscaping the Ranch, which was then three years old.
An anonymous donor contributed funds to build a clubhouse. Other members donated the furnishings.
The club was incorporated as a nonprofit California corporation in 1937 and is recognized as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization by the U.S Internal Revenue Service. During World War II, The building was the headquarters for many war agencies. It was designated a Civilian Causality Center. Among other activities, the making of wreaths for military hospitals began.
The Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club sponsored the first two fall Fashions Shows of the Country Friends and the first clean-up and anti-litter campaign in San Diego County.
Cooperation between the Garden Club and the Rancho Santa Fe Association began in 1957 with the overall beautification of roadside plantings, and the landscaping of the school, the Gold Club and the post office.
The Club was granted a formal exception from federal Income Tax in 1966 as an educational and charitable organization. While there is no capital stock outstanding, the bylaws provide that the voting and interests of all active members shall be equal.
In 1971, the Articles of Incorporation were revised to broaden the purposes – to promote home and civic beautification, to conduct horticulture exhibits and shows, and to sponsor social and cultural programs. Soon after, the members began to talk about a new, larger clubhouse.
By 1974, the present land was donated; building funds were received for the old building as well as generous monetary donations from members, and the architectural plans were drawn. Much cooperative work, time planning, and the dedication of the members contributed to the existing beautiful building.
Today, the club’s members continue the ideas and untiring work of the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club for the betterment of the community!
RSF Garden Club TODAY
Today, the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club wears many hats, including is expanding philanthropic activities for worthy non-profit organizations that serve our community and Great San Diego County area. Our Upscale Resale Shoppe has found new homes for countless “treasures” for many years, converting the generosity of the community’s donations of gently used articles to funds that provide important assistance through our community support activities.
The organization continues its tradition of providing activities and events that strengthen friendships, exchange ideas, and contribute to the feeling of community in the Ranch. Coffee in the Garden is a regular activity that allow club members and their guests to enjoy refreshments and socializing in beautiful, private gardens in the town.
Quarterly meetings are another way to bring club members together to socialize and receive updates on important club business. Each meeting includes a special presentation from a knowledgeable speaker. A variety of topics are covered throughout the year.
Club members put on annual events each year for the community to enjoy. Events include the Art Expo, 4th of July Float, Tag Sale, special dinners, wreath makings, fun-hours, and special horticulture events.
Bylaws – updated 2015
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