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“Love the bamboo gardens”

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 February 7, 2013

This is a nice place to walk among the various gardens arranged in loops all about. I love the bamboo, where walking through makes you feel that you're in a remote place far from Quail Garden Road. There is a small gift shop with an outdoor area that sells plants and a counter area for snacks and hotdogs. The variety of plantings here and the countries covered is fairly extensive.

Thank Elaine C
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

Beautiful local place with lots of various activities from the Chocolate Festival to Art Exhibits and Bug Festivals. The area for younger children is amazing. Arts and crafts included. Wish it was there when my kids younger. We're so lucky to have this place in our community.

Thank Barbara W
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

Located about 30 minutes north of the city, and formerly known as Quail Gardens, this unique site has offered a truly delightful experience to plant lovers, photographers, and families for decades. It rambles up and down hills as you visit desert gardens, and see plants from several continents.

Thank talltree1936
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Reviewed December 29, 2012

You can picnic anywhere in the Garden, so we began our visit with lunch next to a quiet, secluded, and beautiful pool. The current Sculpture in the Garden exhibit features kinetic works, statues, etc. with prices and artists' statements. (July 9, 2012 to April 15, 2013). The signage is really excellent -- practically every shrub, tree, etc. is clearly identified. The Hamilton Children's Garden ("for children and their grownups who enjoy being kids again") is truly wonderful-- educational and entertaining!! Just a few highlights:
a Smell and Spell Garden(from a = aloe to z = zinnia, and everything in-between); a mountain stream with colorful plastic boats; a sheltered area with over-sized building blocks; Buzzard's Roost -- a tree house in a magical man-made tree; Incredible Edibles with peppers growing in a giant salsa bowl, sugar cane in a giant sugar bowl, and other surprises; a sundial; a maze; a sketching area; etc. highly recommended for families with young children.

Thank illinois travelere
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

Loved this with little ones with a fun kids' area and frequent events & activities. When it's just grown-ups, there is much to walk around to enjoy. Just an easy, enjoyable visit every time!

Thank jlouisville
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