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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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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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Had my wedding

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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47 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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.

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Oceanside, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

1 Thank MeNMiSelf
Madison, Wisconsin
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29 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been there twice and enjoyed it very much both times. Highlights are the variety of succulent and the dragon trees. Very peaceful and quite empty. Lots of orchids too. I'll keep returning in future visits.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had no idea there were so many types of Bamboo Having lived in Hong Kong I say it used as scaffolding This is a must walk and visit Worth admission and lonely well marked trails and marvelous knowledgeable staff

1 Thank DRHIND
North Fort Myers, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came here in late Oct and the grounds are enormous but not well maintained. It required a lot of trimming. There were lots of dead plants & dead growth. Don't know if it was due to the drought & heat or lack of attention. There are lots of native plants, a children's area where there appeared to be interactive... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of the better gardens I've visited. 37 acres of unique plants, from desert succulents to rare conifers to rain forest varieties. GREAT plant signage...the BEST I've ever seen, as nearly everything is labeled and tells you about the plant, not just its name. Two great kids areas will keep the little ones busy for hours!

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Santa Fe
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed walking around this somewhat varied garden but hit it at the wrong time of the year. We were here in early Nov. and the spring and summer blooms were obviously gone. It also looks like they need more volunteers to handle the garden as it wasn' in the best of shape in any areas. Very small gift shop... More 

1 Thank Robert T
San Diego
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed going to the San Diego Botanic Garden - a beautiful place to walk around looking at the plants and interesting garden areas. Many of the areas feature unique plants, and especially a large native plant collection. It's a bit more "natural" in the landscaping, not as manicured as you would expect a fancy English style garden - but... More 

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Regina, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Drove for an hour and paid $30 to visit SD Botanical Gardens in Oct 2015; what a waste of time and money. You'd expect something extravagant... NOT! If you've ever been to Buchart Gardens on Vancouver Island or Minter Gardens in Chilliwack, BC do not waste your time going to SD Botanical. Very disappointing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

Plants nicely sorted by region. So many things can grow in this area! Easy to spend hours. Trees and shrubs you rarely see elsewhere. Fun and educational.

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