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RSF Garden Club Thora Guthrie is co-chair of the May 11 home and garden tour. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene
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Nonprofits partner for RSF home tour on May 11

The Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society and The Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club have joined forces for a one-of-a-kind home and garden tour on May 11. Open air trollies will take guests on an adventure and an inside peek into four exclusive Rancho Santa Fe estates for its debut event, Architecture in Bloom.

Co-chairing the event are Norma Nelson-Wiberg of the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society and Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club Executive Director Thora Guthrie. Funds raised for the day will benefit local nonprofits.

According to Nelson-Wiberg, the partnership between both nonprofits allows visitors to tour both the homes and gardens with interior and exterior docents to point out the unique qualities of each home in the tour while showcasing the diversity in Rancho Santa Fe.

“It’s wonderful to have the ability to share the rich history we have in Rancho Santa Fe along with the exquisite gardens that will delight all of our patrons for a pleasurable day,” said Nelson-Wiberg, adding live music will be performed at each home. 

Guthrie added that one of the estates on the tour was designed by renowned architect Cliff May, which highlights a mid-century modern home. 

Before guests embark on the Architecture in Bloom tour, they will first gather at The Garden Club property where they can peruse an arts and crafts marketplace while visiting specific stations for foods and beverages. After visiting each estate, patrons return to home base at The Garden Club and await another trolley for the next tour.

Guthrie said Architecture in Bloom is a wonderful concept because The Garden Club and Historical Society are combining their tours which has never been done before. Each has had its own specific tour, but the events have evolved in 2019 uniting both.

“These homes on the tour are gorgeous with extensive gardens. The gardens are theme based depending on the style of the home.” Guthrie said. “This event is going to be a fun-filled day with lots of things to do including touring these luxurious homes and visiting our array of vendors at the marketplace.”

Architecture in Bloom will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 11. Ticket prices are $50 per person and can be purchased online at or the day of the event at The Garden Club located at 17025 Avenida De Acacias in Rancho Santa Fe.