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“For plant enthusiasts”

San Diego Botanic Garden
Ranked #3 of 32 things to do in Encinitas
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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 November 11, 2012

interesting selection of hard to find plants, childrens' garden, gift shop, seasonal activities.
"secret garden" for services and weddings, etc. catering referrals provided.

Thank Mary W
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

We have gone to Quail Gardens for years and years as I am a plant junkie. Always a pleasant restful place among the palms, bamboos, waterfalls, etc. A great place for a wedding - especially with their gazebo lawn area. Quite a few rare plants and collections and their plant sales can be fun. The garden is a bit overpriced to me but still a nice famliy outing.

1  Thank Daryl G
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

This garden is such a beautiful place. They have so many different plants! You will find complete sections of plants from Africa, the Rain Forest, and others. There are big sections of Fruit trees, Banana trees, Bamboo, Herbs...Truly amazing! There is a small area for children called Seeds of Wonder. Birthday parties are held there. It is to one side of the garden which gives it privacy. There is also an entire area dedicated to children. It is very hands on. It has an area for painting...yes...real paper and paint, plus a chalk board. They also have an area for crafts which have been different every time we have been there. There is also an area for the kids to build a house with wood, a big oven to make mud pies (complete with dishes, mud and water...gotta love it!) There is a big tree that was built with all sorts of ways to climb on it. The children love to play in that area. There is also a section dedicated to music which exhibits pianos made of stone, other percussion instruments and a conductor's stand. There is also an area for toddlers to play with big foam blocks, and a stream for the kids to splash in. Make sure to take changing clothes for the children. This section also has a garden of different types of edibles. In there, you can make a newspaper pot and plant your own little plant to take home. By the way, there is an entrance fee but if you have a membership to another botanical garden, check and see because you might be able to go in for free. I could go on and on about this place. It is a great place to visit. you won't be dissapointed!

1  Thank peacemomma
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

Quail Gardens has been a popular spot for years. (The name change is recent!) It has numerous sections with a varied plant selection. They have a children's garden with a hands on play area. They play host to a large number of plant societies, and have plant shows often during the year.

1  Thank one4julio
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

What a brillliant location for a wedding, we never got time to appreciate the whole gardens but enjoyed this as a wedding location.

1  Thank Terry R
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