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RSF Garden Club coffee draws a crowd

A manicured garden, panoramic views, hors d’oeuvres and mimosas set the scene at The Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club’s Coffee in the Garden. The April 8 event was held at the private estate of Kate Marbles in Cielo, the coastal community of Rancho Santa Fe.

As guests arrived, they were greeted by Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club Executive Director Thora Guthrie. From there, they passed a crystal-clear koi pond into a one-of-a-kind estate brimming with old-world charm with soaring ceilings and classic stonework.  

More than 380 people attended including garden club members and those seriously interested in becoming future members. 

“This home is so luxurious that it’s such a special opportunity for our members to be in a home and garden like this,” Guthrie said. 

Guthrie said in addition to viewing the estate, Coffee in the Garden also offered an opportunity for members to socialize in an extraordinary setting. 

“Members had a wonderful time hearing about Kate Marbles’ home including how it took nearly eight years to build as well as the gorgeous ocean views on a clear day,” she said. “This event really creates a sense of community among our garden members.”

Guthrie said the club’s special events have revitalized it in various ways including attracting new members. 

“Our garden club members look forward to more events like this in 2019 as we build a sense of camaraderie within the club,” Guthrie said.

Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club board member Adrienne Falzon said she was introduced to the club years ago after attending a Coffee in the Garden event. 

“I attended Coffee in the Garden several years ago when my husband and I first moved to California here in Rancho Santa Fe,” Falzon said. “It was such a delightful experience whereby I met the nicest ladies who became my closest friends today. In the intimacy of someone’s garden, we get to not only enjoy the beauty of nature, but we get to socialize and make new friends.”

Falzon described the Cielo estate as an amazing treat in every way possible from architecture, ambiance, décor, views and more. 

Guthrie pointed out that there is so much going on at the club from outings and more. 

“The demographics of the club has changed in a big way with 60-plus new members in the past several months,” she said. 

Guthrie is quick to point out that the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club also supports the community. She explained how the increase in events, programs and field trips is drawing members to join and become involved. 

“But our philanthropy is really attracting support for membership,” she said. “The fact that we are giving out $100,000 in grants to local nonprofit organizations this year is a definite source of pride among our members.”

To learn more about The Garden Club including its upcoming Architecture in Bloom on May 11, visit