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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
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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Best Botanical garden

This place is extraordinary. Beautiful gardens from all over the world. Great waterfall. We got married there 6 years ago. Just an ideal place to be at peace. Perfect for kids... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This place is extraordinary. Beautiful gardens from all over the world. Great waterfall. We got married there 6 years ago. Just an ideal place to be at peace. Perfect for kids. Very reasonable entry fees. Plenty of parking. Food on site too.

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Costa Mesa, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Loved the cute aquatic themed succulent garden. I know it is an oxymoron but it was just adorable. Great specimens of exotic plants like an enormous pitcher plant, passiflora varieties, cork trees, and such. Loved the variety of gardens: children's, veggie, tropical, zeroscape, succulent, Asian, and exotic fruit. People who work there are very knowledgeable and have great stories about... More 

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Peoria, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We belong to Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, so we're able to go here for just $2.00 for parking. THought we would just be taking a little stroll....well, we highly underestimated this place. IT was absolutely delightful. Many themed areas....very well done. I'm sure at another time of year with more in bloom it would be exceptionally beautiful. We were... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We went to SDBG specifically to give our granddaughter the opportunity to photograph. She was not disappointed at the wonderful flowers from around the world.

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Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Cant say much more than it is a botanical garden, if you love looking at plants over and over again you will love this, not that you see the same plants repetedly here, but if you visit numerous gardens like we do well you will have seen everything inside already, the building is one to be seen though if you... More 

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new haven, ct
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I expected basically bougainvillea, hibiscus and lilies of the nile, but the botanical gardens have several themed gardens...and very few hibiscus (and no bougainvillea except in the parking lot). Succulents, palms, native plants, bananas, and more kinds of bamboo than one ever knew existed (black bamboo! really!)...these are the kinds of things of which a gardener's dreams are made. The... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a hidden gem, tucked away in a residential area of Encinitas not far from the ocean. While small, there are many things to do with themed areas. There are many features to spark the imagination of children including a treehouse they can climb. You can learn a lot about gardening and landscaping with plants native to Southern California... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great place to learn more about what plants are like in different places across the world. There are sections of the garden that are dedicated to different places in the world such as New Zealand, Australia, Africa, South Africa, the Mediterranean, the Southwest USA. There are 37 acres in the Botanical Gardens, and they have shuttles if... More 

Thank Bill S
Concord, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spend a very relaxing morning admiring the many varieties of tropical plants, many of them in bloom. The views are nice and we saw a number of interesting birds. There is a wonderful children's garden and also a gift shop and plants for sale.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

Stopped here for just an hour before a memorial service. So serene, it really helped me contemplate and focus. Great information about the plants. Who knew that's what a dragon tree really looked like? Highly recommended for nature lovers! Tip: There's no place to eat at the Garden, but you can leave and return the same day by showing your... More 

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