Encinitas Garden Festival This Saturday!

Come and be a part of what has quickly become a tradition in Encinitas, the annual Encinitas Garden Festival & Tour on Saturday, April 30, 2011! This very special event celebrates our community, gardening, and the horticultural heritage of Encinitas!

Our featured neighborhood this year is the historic tree-lined Crest Drive in Cardiff with diverse gardens and panoramic views of our community west to the ocean, and east to the backcountry. Details below.


Saturday, April 30th, 2011

16 private gardens

23 Marketplace Vendors

Tickets now available on-line at www.EncinitasGardenFestival.org 

Tickets also available at

To purchase tickests by mail order, please click here.  Ticket orders MUST be postmarked by April 26th, 2011

Advance ticket prices: Adults $21Children 10 and under $7

On-the-day ticket prices: Adults $25, Children 10 and under $10 Ticket sales at the Gardener's Marketplace are by cash or check only.  Sorry, we cannot accept credit cards on-site.

In case of drizzle, the event will go on.  In case of rain, the event will be cancelled and we thank you for your contribution.

For parking directions and other details, please click here

Center for Creative Healing

New Plants, New Ideas

Enjoy 16 great examples of plants and gardens ideally suited to our climate

marketplace booth

Artists, Speakers, Food, Silent Auction

Our 2011 speaker line-up offers something for everyone: 10:30 AM Creating a Waterwise Garden Kimberly Thorner 11:00 AM Rainwater & Graywater for Gardens Greg Bullock 11:30 AM  Backyard Raised Bed Gardening Madalaine Charnow 12:00 PM Urban Chicken Gardening Heather Thelen 12:30 PM What's New & Cool in the World of Gardening Nan Sterman 1:00 PM Alstroemeria Liz Younflesh 1:30 PM Using Soils to Reduce Water:  Compost and Mulch Sharon May 2:00 PM Composting with Worms Maryanne Bache 2:30 PM Combining Waterwise Perennials w/Succulents Samantha Owens 3:00 PM Tiered Gardens Stacy Sieber


2011 Sponsors

Maggie Houlihan and Ian Thompson


Contemplate the Future

Visit a labyrinth to meditate on the day's experience and on life in general

Double Decker

Ride a Double Decker Bus to the Gardener's Marketplace

Park at Mira Costa College San Elijo Campus and ride the free bus, starting at 9:45 in the morning.  Buses run all day long, between the parking lot and the Marketplace.  Pick up your tour map at the Marketplace, then stroll from garden to garden at your own pace, in whatever order you choose.


When you get tired of walking, stroll on back to the Gardener's Marketplace for lunch or a snack from Annel and Drew's KitchenBull Taco, or Lion Coffee.


Grangetto's Farm and Garden

Southwest Boulder

Sulivan Solar

Olivenhain Municipal Water District

Kellogs Garden Products

San Dieguito Water

Rancho Santa Fe Plaza

Rancho Santa Fe Plaza

Polly Rogers