Since then, the event has grown to attract more than 1000 people every year, and the organization is now officially a non-profit with garden-related philanthropy endeavors. Over the years, hundreds of residents have opened their garden gates to the self-guided walking tour. Tour goers have also visited parks, school gardens, a butterfly sanctuary, fire station, and area greenhouses.In addition, each year’s event includes a Gardener’s Marketplace that is free and open to the public. In the Marketplace, vendors offer garden-related products such as plants, tools, and garden art, and more.
The Marketplace also features talks and educational exhibits about gardening, the local watershed, the environment, and other important issues.
The Encinitas Garden Festival & Tour is funded by contributions from community organizations, and agencies, local businesses and ticket sales.