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San Diego Botanic Garden

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Address: 230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024-2707
Phone Number: 760 436 3036
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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There is an amazing collection of plants from everywhere.

This used to be called Quail Gardens, the name changes a couple of years ago. One can spend hours enjoyably visiting different plants, there are also waterfalls and ponds. Well... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
m p
San Diego, California

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This used to be called Quail Gardens, the name changes a couple of years ago. One can spend hours enjoyably visiting different plants, there are also waterfalls and ponds. Well worth a few hours. They also have programs for kids, which my grandson loves.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Walked through the garden and it's very nice and peaceful. A huge variety of plants. I thoroughly enjoyed myself!

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent 2-3 hours here on a Sunday afternoon while visiting San Diego in September. I enjoyed walking through the entire gardens layout. Beautiful displays and very easy to navigate map. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys gardening and viewing flora from around the world as well as those from the local environment.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This garden is not set up as a formal botanic garden as some are. It is rambling and wild and beautiful. The varieties of plants from different regions is amazing and the bamboo forest is something not to be missed. The only thing that would improve this garden is to have the plants a bit more well marked. Many were... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful walkways with interesting sculptures. Nice place for children to play in a tree house or small stream. Flowers and fauna are beautiful

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Panama City, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have been coming to Southern California for 10 years and this is my first visit but not my last. I had bought my mother here. They had two wheelchairs you can use. First come first service. I think some locations would be hard to access but most aren't. It is absolutely beautiful here and my mother had a great... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We try to visit every year. We took a self-guided tour of this unique exhibit, This year tt spotlights 53 sculptures from 32 artists. The works are all for sale because this is not only a showcase for garden sculpture, but also part of the Botanic Garden's annual fundraising. Each piece has been carefully placed to its best advantage......considering light,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful display of plant life! We enjoyed all of the paths and the children's area very much. Very well maintained and organized.

Thank Shannon M
Newport Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

What a delightful time we had at the SD Botanic Garden! Our 5, 8, and 13 year olds all enjoyed seeing the beautiful plants, reading about them, and running around in the children's area. It was a quiet, breezy day and we enjoyed walking through every garden at a leisurely pace. The grounds are well-maintained, parking was simple, the staff... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

The children area was the best part of the gardens with many different actvities and learning opportunities. The gardens offers many different regions to explore and fun art displayed along the way.

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