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San Diego Botanic Garden

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Address: 230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024-2707
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+1 760-436-3036
09:00 - 17:00
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Explore four miles of garden trails, enjoy restful vistas, flowering trees,...

Explore four miles of garden trails, enjoy restful vistas, flowering trees, majestic palms, and the nation’s largest bamboo collection. Thanks to our mild climate, plants from all over the world thrive here. Our diverse topography provides a variety of microclimates giving the visitor a sensation of going from a desert environment to a tropical rainforest, all within 37 acres.Located 30 minutes north of San Diego in Encinitas, California, San Diego Botanic Garden features numerous exhibits, including rare bamboo groves, desert gardens, a tropical rainforest, California native plants, Mediterranean climate landscapes, succulent gardens, an herb garden, firesafe landscaping, a subtropical fruit garden, and native coastal sage natural areas. In June of 2009, we opened the Hamilton Children's Garden, the largest interactive children's garden on the West Coast.

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Beautiful way to spend your day

The gardens are located outside Encinitas so expect a drive from San Diego. There are many sections to the gardens. They have 37 acres of ground. The paths are in good shape some... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The gardens are located outside Encinitas so expect a drive from San Diego. There are many sections to the gardens. They have 37 acres of ground. The paths are in good shape some asphalt and some dirt. Don't be afraid to take them all. The children's area is nice. I liked the succulents. The bamboo garden is very interesting. Don't... More 

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Lewes, Delaware
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The garden is loaded with local and exotic plants and trees. A midweek visit was optimal with a great senior discount. The African section was so interesting along with the desert collection of cactuses. There is a cute store and a place for snacks. This is a must visit in Encinitas.

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Encinitas, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A pleasant garden with a variety of coastal plants, water features, sculptures and outdoor art. Great bamboo collection.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wow! I'm always finding new things at this wonderful garden. This time it was to see the special show of Wissa Wassef textiles from Egypt that all reflect their natural environment; on view trhough Mar. 31, 2017. Surrounding the Ecke Bldg. (the exhibit venue) was the Undersea Succulent Garden that mimics an underwater view. Nearby is the Seeds of Wonder... More 

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Lake Bluff, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Every Christmas season the garden is filled with lights and activities. Very well worth visiting. Santa is there as well as entertainment.

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Kutztown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This garden has spectacular plants, including the largest bamboo garden in the country. There are also many desert plants, famous cork oak trees, plants from many countries. It covers about 35 acres and has 4 miles of trails. Opened daily. Admission is $14 but if you are a member of another garden in the American Horticultural Society, you get in... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Don't miss the children's garden. Very interesting and good for adults as well. We spent several hours there and enjoyed the variety of flowers and trees and shrubs. They had an excellent exhibit of art with in the gardens.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

This is a sacred San Diego spot! DO NOT MISS it if you visit San Diego. Absolutely incredible children's gardens with lots of activities-kids would have fun for a full day! The Egyptian Tapestry exhibit is a hidden gem-ends in March so don't miss it!!!

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Brandon, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Absolutely beautiful gardens ....well done...really enjoyed our evening walk with all the lights , roasted marshmallows , mulled wine and music

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

This was a nice garden, lots of interesting areas representing various areas around the world. I got the feeling that it's not very well funded yet and is trying to grow, so to speak. Enjoyed seeing oranges and other tropical fruits ripe for the picking (no picking allowed!). Would enjoy seeing it again during the late spring when there's more... More 

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