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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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Calgary, Canada
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39 reviews 39 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW 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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10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

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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12 attraction reviews
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
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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Philadelphia, PA
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104 reviews 104 reviews
12 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

After wintering in San Diego North County for 6 years, how did I miss this excellent attraction? Well, we visited this vast garden and were very pleased with its variety of plants and its general, and natural, layout. This is one of the best botanical gardens that I have been to. Not to be missed, even during a short visit... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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64 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

The sun was shining. The flowers were blooming. There were no crowds. The SD Botanic Garden was a PERFECT place to spend hours strolling, enjoying, and learning. Note - even if you do not have children, go into the Children's Garden section. It is lovely and has 2 of the biggest Adirondack chairs I have ever seen :). Very fun... More 

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Costa Mesa, California, United States
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307 reviews 307 reviews
186 attraction reviews
205 helpful votes 205 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

I visited the San Diego Botanic Gardens as a stopover between S.D. and Orange counties, and I am so glad I did. I stayed overtime because the gardens are first rate … way better than I expected. I would recommend a visit here to just about anyone. The first thing I noticed about the property overall is that the landscaping... More 

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San Diego, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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
11 helpful votes 11 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
31 helpful votes 31 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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