ENCINITAS — Community Resource Center saw record attendance and raised more than $28,000 at its annual Garden Tour & Plant Sale on April 9. The event included five residential garden stops in North County plus exclusive admission to Ecke Ranch for a private plant sale that included a selection of blooming spring plants. All proceeds from ticket and plant sales will go to CRC programs for women, children and families in crisis.
The plant sale at Ecke Ranch was added five years ago and is consistently responsible for more than half of the event’s earnings. This year, the plant sale alone raised a best-ever $18,700. Paul Ecke III, owner and CEO of Ecke Ranch, along with his staff, worked the plant sale, and was joined by his wife, Julie Hampton, and their daughter, Polly. Lizbeth Ecke and children, Matthew and Lillie also pitched in, making it a family affair. In fact, a number of Ecke Ranch staff brought their spouses or children to help at the plant sale.
Longtime CRC board member and local plant guru Evelyn Weidner started the annual garden tour 10 years ago as a way both to expose the public to beautiful gardens in North County and to support Community Resource Center, which provides critical services for victims of domestic violence and families in need of food and shelter assistance.