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“This is a wonderful spot” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of San Diego Botanic Garden

San Diego Botanic Garden
Ranked #3 of 31 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.
Solana Beach, California
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75 reviews
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“This is a wonderful spot”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2013 via mobile

An oasis in San Diego! Beautiful gardens, waterfall and ponds and two children gardens that the kids have great fun all day! We packed picnic food and stayed at the gardens all day and loved it!
A must for garden enthusiasts and a great place to have a wedding, birthday party etc

Visited June 2013
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Long Beach, California
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“Great botanic garden”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2013

The San Diego Botanic Garden is a great place to visit, particularly if you have any interest in plants. But even if you don't it's a nice place to go for a walk and enjoy the outside. The garden features several distinct areas where like plants are grouped, including a bamboo garden, a succulent garden, a fruit garden, and a section with native California plants (of course). Admission is $12 for adults and parking is another $2. But you can easily spend a couple hours walking around.

Visited May 2013
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Santa Barbara, California
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“Beautiful relaxing garden”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

This garden packs a lot into its acreage with different plant areas, a large waterfall, succulents, cactus, natives etc..also has a small gift shop where you can pick up some inexpensive plants. A really nice garden for adults and kids.

Visited May 2013
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Carlsbad, California
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75 reviews
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“Birthday Party for Preschoolers”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2013

I have only had excellent experiences here at the Botanical Garden, formerly known at Quail Gardens. Most recently we attended a birthday party in the Kids Garden, where they have an electric Thomas the Tank Engine train running on the tracks. A water play area, and play house, sand area for digging up fossils, and paths to explore. The party area had picnic tables with a patio cover to shade you. Bathrooms are close by and plenty of central parking.

Visited December 2012
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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“Delightful garden”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2013

I spent a wonderful afternoon walking through most of the garden. The feeling is very intimate, with many paths only wide enough for one person. There are two children's gardens, which I also enjoyed. One is a sculpture garden which includes child-sized sculptures of frogs, dinosaurs & dinosaur eggs, and a working small-scale train. The other children's garden is designed for school groups, with picnic tables and interactive play areas, including a tree house.

The plants are well labeled, there are paved paths for people with limited hiking ability, and an excellent guide showing the paths and section of the garden. The only negative was that the paved parking lot was full, so I had to park in a back lot. Someone with difficult walking would have found this lot a bit remote.

My favorite part of the garden was the California native plant area, which included an area showing how Native Americans used the native plants.

Many local people refer to this garden as "Quail Gardens" and some maps & directional street signs do as well. Quail Gardens is the old name of the garden.

Visited March 2013
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