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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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Wonderful place if you like botanic gardens. Lots of unusual plants. Too bad the weather was not optimum Very windy at times, but we enjoy ourselves anyway. Wish there were more... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 30, 2015
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irvine ca
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irvine ca
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

Wonderful place if you like botanic gardens. Lots of unusual plants. Too bad the weather was not optimum Very windy at times, but we enjoy ourselves anyway. Wish there were more flowers blooming, have to come back again!

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

The gardens are beautifully maintained and offer ocean views and a wide variety of trees, flowers, and plants from around the world. Black, yellow, bronze, and green bamboo, fern, waterfalls, fruit-bearing trees, cacti, topiary, and just about anything else you can think of. Worth visiting again and again.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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45 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Over 3,000 varieties of tropical, subtropical, and California native plants on 37 acres of nature with 4 miles of walking paths. This is the legacy of the private estate of Ruth Baird Larabee that includes a 60-foot waterfall, plants from every area of the world, and my favorite, the nation’s largest bamboo collection. A place for birthdays, weddings or a... More 

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Massachusetts
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Very nice botanic garden with a wide array of sections from across the globe. It took us about 3 hours to walk through it at a leisurely pace. Very nice thing to do if you want to have a low key day while on vacation. Entrance fee is $14 for adults and kids, military and students are less. Well worth... More 

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Gilbert, Arizona
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Was so fun to walk around in such natures beauty. No dislikes. Loved it all!!! It was fun to see the weird plants and vegetation and we got a lot of cool pix

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Phoenix, Arizona
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362 reviews 362 reviews
42 attraction reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Maybe I'm spoiled because the Botanical Gardens I've been to in Phoenix and the Philadelphia area were far better and much more enjoyable. Once we drove in the lady who greets and collects money was unsure of how much the collect from us and then ask us for two dollars more than what we owed. My husband corrected her addition... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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44 reviews 44 reviews
10 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 via mobile

I usually try to see botanic gardens whenever I travel, my husband came with me this time. It was a lovely walk thru different varieties of plants from different counties. Kids were enjoying the children's garden which was great to see. Found out the names of some of the plants I had been wondering about. The orange blossoms were so... More 

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Lelystad, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

I've been to this garden before so I knew more or less what to expect when I took my wife there. It has sections with Australean and New Zealand vegetation, African and even from the Canary Islands (rare endemic species!). Interesting to see hummingbirds on some of those Canarian species, although hummingbirds do not occur there, naturally. Not too many... More 

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31 reviews 31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

So many areas to explore! There are waterfalls, bridges, children's gardens, gazebos, picnic areas, and it's free on the first Tuesday of every month!

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Cottonwood, Arizona
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

The San Diego Botanical Gardens are worth visiting. There are historic plants, such as large bamboo. Great paths show labels for many of the plants. Many are blooming and there are many species for different plants. It is one of the best Botanical Gardens we have visited.

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