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San Diego Botanic Garden

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Address: 230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024-2707
Phone Number: +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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Coming from Flatistan, I'm used to level botanical gardens...not here! Added a neat perspective to be able to overlook plants from above. Loads of succulents from around the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Bushnell, Florida
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Bushnell, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Coming from Flatistan, I'm used to level botanical gardens...not here! Added a neat perspective to be able to overlook plants from above. Loads of succulents from around the world. Plants nicely grouped by region of origin. Don't pass up the children's garden, even if you have recently renewed your AARP membership: clever displays and good interpretation will be of interest... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

my partner and I visited while staying in san diego. beautiful walk. some unusual plants. beautiful collections. fantastic gardens. great for families too.

Thank enncle
Irvine CA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We usually find botanical gardens attractive and pleasant to visit. The San Diego Botanic Garden is a mediocre botanical garden. It is not well maintained but does have several meandering trails with flora from around the world. Not worth a special trip to visit.

Thank William P
Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The SD Botanical Garden has a wonderful set of gardens including two separate children's gardens. This is a great place to spend some outdoor time with the whole family. You can walk around and see all kinds of interesting plants without worrying about young children and little cars. The children's gardens have lots of interactive features that kids love. Plus... More 

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Encinitas, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Beautiful walking trails blanketed by numerous botanical garden areas. Tropical, xeriscape, palms, succulents, bamboo forests - totally amazing. Walking trails take you through the splendor of the various gardens. Great exercise and views. They have a small "cottage" that you can rent for a day for special events. We had an office off site, and it was perfect. Spectacular view,... More 

Thank Rhondi W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

We visited on a very hot day and enjoyed the shady trails around the gardens. It was interesting to see plants and trees from around the world growing in the hot, dry Californian conditions. Beautiful and varied fruit trees and flowering plants. The setting is tranquil, there are plenty of benches, lovely shop, coffee cart and friendly staff. A great... More 

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Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

wonderful trails through different plantings. the bamboo forest was breath-taking, as were the tree-form brugmansias, and giant papyrus. there were cactus zones and the dramatic displays of bunya bunya (and their lethal cones)........you need the better part of a half day to take it all in.

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San Diego, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

When our boys were young we often went to Quail Gardens. I recently went with my youngest son, now 27, and we had an enjoyable time walking and talking. It is an easy place to visit, $5 per person, they seem to be working on improvements all the time and they even have plants for sale.

Thank Cappie G
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

I love this place. My favorite part is the whole Bamboo Garden area, with far more species of bamboo than you could guess existed, especially the giant bamboo. This year there was some sea fog when we were there, and the bamboo was even more atmospheric and other-wordly than usual as a result of that. My second favorite part is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

Great for a quiet walk among the desert flowers, cacti and citrus trees. There is a platform for viewing the ocean. I believe it is available for private events. It looked like a wedding or renewal of vows was in progress when we were there. Ocean breezes keep the temps. Comfortable.

Thank Kenneth M

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