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San Diego Botanic Garden

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Address: 230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024
Phone Number: 760 436 3036
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Description: Explore four miles of garden trails, enjoy restful vistas, flowering...
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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Lovely Place to Walk and Enjoy Nature

This hidden gem is in North County San Diego and just off the 5 freeway so it is a perfect place for locals and visitors in the area. This is not a large manicured garden that you... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 21, 2015
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San Diego, California
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San Diego, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This hidden gem is in North County San Diego and just off the 5 freeway so it is a perfect place for locals and visitors in the area. This is not a large manicured garden that you see in some large cities, but a natural garden representing our high desert climate. There are a not of native California plants on... More 

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Encinitas, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Guests always enjoy a few hours here. The return gushing how we can grow anything in Encinitas. We love the unique plant sales too.

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Broomfield, Colorado, United States
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47 reviews 47 reviews
11 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I always go to the botanic garden in whatever city I am in. SD's was large with a nice children's section. Also stunning bamboo area. remember its dry in SD so don't expect showy hawaiian flowers.

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near Milwaukee, WI
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73 reviews 73 reviews
28 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

These gardens highlight plants from around the world. We were able to wander among specimens from Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and more. The winding paths include markers for many of the plants plus occasional sculptures by contemporary artists with statements of their intentions. The section for children was charming and not just for kids. We could have spent all day... More 

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encinitas, CA
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156 reviews 156 reviews
45 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

I am so lucky to live in the same city as this wonderful Garden. It covers many acres and is planted with many different growing zones and plants from around the world. It is well organized and cared for most efficiently and with deep respect for Mother Nature's gifts. One could spend all day discovering all the Garden has to... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

This was a varied, nicely maintained garden. Fruit garden was wonderful, as were all the different types of succulents. We saw lots of plants for the first time. It was so quiet on a Monday morning, we felt we had the place almost to ourselves. Don't miss this one if you like plants and hummingbirds. Find discount coupons online.

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Boulder Colorado
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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

We spent about an hour in the children's section and none of us are kids! This is a beautiful spot to walk around and feast on the thousands of plants that grow in southern California. It is so fun that there are 2 overlook places to see the view. Put this on your list, it is fantastic.

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San Diego, California
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83 reviews 83 reviews
29 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Very well manicured and maintained garden with great opportunities for photography everywhere. Take a boxed lunch for a quick picnic.

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La Jolla, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Super "nature museum". Beautiful grounds with an immense variety of plants & trees (duh!). Very educational, they have hosted walks & lots of informational signage. It's like a secret getaway place right here in San Diego. They also have a really cool section that caters to children (replete with giant "living tree house"), you can even have birthday parties there.... More 

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18 reviews 18 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We hiked pretty much all the trails, that are there, and it took a few hours, excellent excercise, and a panoramic view of the ocean, absolutely beautiful. It was the best I seen in San diego. The sights and local environment while getting a little excercise was best we had while on this trip.

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