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“A beautiful delight”

San Diego Botanic Garden
Ranked #3 of 32 things to do in Encinitas
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed August 24, 2011

This place was an unexpected surprise. We gave ourselves 2 hours to visit, but stayed 3 hours and could have stayed longer. The walks through the various regions of plantings from regions of the world that have the same cllimate as Encinitas area. The bamboo forest was amazing. We never knew that there were so many different types of bamboo. The banana grove was fun as well as all the other exoctic fruit trees and the usual fruit trees.
There were so many different plants to see and learn about from various climates--from dessert to rain forest. Overall it was a relaxing and informative adventure. We also got plenty of exercise walking through the gardens
Afterward we went to Jake's in Del Mar for lunch. Right on the sand. A great place.
We hope you get a chance to visit and enjoy the gardens.

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Reviewed August 17, 2011

Beautiful times 3! Excellent children's garden, my kids had a blast!

Thank busymama1977
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Reviewed August 14, 2011

San Diego Botanical Garden (aka Quail Botanical Garden) is not as big nor at the same level as some of the great gardens I've been to - Singapore Botanical Gardens and Kew Garden for example. But it is a wonderful gem nevertheless. it is a staple for families in the area and it is a great place to go for visitors worn out by the crowds at say Legoland or Sea World. Here, your child can play and wander among nature. The Hamilton Children's Garden offers a nice "tree" for clambering about, a stream for splashing in, and lots of other things to touch, feel and play actively in. The Seed of Wonders garden is for younger children and very pleasant. The bamboo forest as well as the edible orchard is great for exploring too. I took my child to Disneyland, which she enjoyed greatly. But I felt that she was happier playing monkey on the tree the next day. Highly recommended! There is onsite a small store for purchasing snacks. Little children's potty and little sink in the Seeds of Wonder. During Summer, there are special music programs in the evening.

Thank jaczxy
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Reviewed August 12, 2011

Based on the reviews I expected more. There are couple of beautiful areas there, but really 2 hours is more than enough. I was looking forward to the children's area based on the great reviews and am completely puzzled what was all the raving about? The children's area is all on direct sun, covered by dust, no grass (so much for the botanic garden), with a tree house that occupied my children for about 10 min and very few sad looking toys. Not even a slide there. But mostly, it is looking like a desert. Why not make the playground under the trees? It is a botanic garden afterall!

Thank KKYY
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Reviewed July 28, 2011

During our travels, I always look for opportunities to visit gardens. It gives me the opportunity to learn about the local flora and fauna as well as gain ideas for my own landscape challenges. The San Diego Botanical Garden provided a great opportunity to learn about area vegetation as well as become familiar with plants from around the world that share the same ecosystems as San Diego.

The gardens are lush and provide a great hike on paved paths. Sculptures are incorporated into the garden settings to add interest and charm. However, the show stopper for me, even as an adult, was the newly opened children’s area! Kids, young and old, are provided with a great area to play and learn. The designers of the children’s area also showed great creativity taking common garden tools and summer fixtures to create interest. Weber grill covers will never look the same to you after you have visited the children’s area. For those who remember Lily Tomlin’s Edith Anne, take a moment, jump up and sit a spell in the giant Adirondack chairs. And that’s the truth!

Thank lovehawaiiansunset
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