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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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Wide range of gardens

They have several different types of gardens on site. We really like the children's garden for kids 9 and under, with a tree fort, edible garden, music garden, sand and stream... read more

Reviewed 6 January 2016
San Diego, California
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Reviewed 7 January 2016 via mobile

Ok, I'm not a big plant lover, but I would have expected a botanic garden in this part of the country to be astounding. It was OK but not worth a big detour. Lots of cool bamboo

Thank Cynthia H
San Diego, California
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Reviewed 6 January 2016

They have several different types of gardens on site. We really like the children's garden for kids 9 and under, with a tree fort, edible garden, music garden, sand and stream, and more. The Chocolate Festival is not to be missed.

Thank Erichidaho
Encinitas, California
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Reviewed 20 December 2015 via mobile

The bamboo collection is the largest in the USA. There are many wonderful walking paths to explore and the children's garden is great for kids.

Thank jpbla
San Diego, California
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Reviewed 19 December 2015

It was $50 for two adults and two students to walk around maybe two blocks worth of lights, it was packed with screaming kids, you got two marshmellows, the hot chocolate was out of a package and $2!! The parking was insane....it was a total bust! Don't waste your time, its better to ride around the neighborhoods that have great... More 

Thank winterSDiegans
Encinitas, California
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Reviewed 15 December 2015

The gardens hold great memories for me and my family as my son and his wife got married in the Walled Garden a few years ago. I love to visit the gardens at different times of the year to see what is in bloom. The plant varieties are impressive, the scenery amazing and the views spectacular. The artwork sprinkled within... More 

Thank Laura W
Shepherdstown, West Virginia
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Reviewed 12 December 2015

Too much for one day...too much fun for the children and too much fascinating horticulture for the botanist.

Thank ma w
Carlsbad, California
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Reviewed 11 December 2015 via mobile

The SD Botanical Gardens offer a beautiful variety of plants, trees, and flowers found in different parts of the weather and original to other types of weather. This place sits in a beautiful ocean view plot of land. It is very serene but also has a kids area. It is great for people of all ages! They also have a... More 

Thank Gricel K
Encinitas, California
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Reviewed 10 December 2015

Extensive variety of trees, flowers, plants presented quite tastefully. Nice leisurely walking paths to see the grounds.

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Reviewed 29 November 2015

Had a wedding and luncheon for about 25 people of all ages. The staff, the facilities, and the gardens themselves were just perfect. Wonderful children's areas, and nearly everything is labeled, a real plus for me. Allow a half day, and enjoy all the place has to offer.

Thank Robert G
Oceanside, California
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Reviewed 19 November 2015

This is a botanical garden and NOT a perfectly manicured presentation garden, so some of the lame complaints by others are off-base and truly inappropriate. There are a many areas of geographical difference with LOTS of paths within each area. There are roads between many bigger areas which are used by gardening carts AND to bring guests around. The signage... More 

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