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“Beauty, diversity, education” 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.
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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“Beauty, diversity, education”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2013

This place is gorgeous! There are several different habitats from around the world and the US represented. The lush rainforest and waterfall were just define and the how tos for birds and butterflies were great to learn. Beware of some steep hills and stairs, the price is a little high, but they are privately funded.

Visited August 2013
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“Historical Gardens”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

There is nothing to dislike about the San Diego Botanic Gardens. Previously knows as Quail Gardens there is plenty of walking and different types of landscape ideas. Very peaceful and great for kids.

Visited August 2013
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New York
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“A wonderful Garden and Sculpture”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2013

We were very impressed by the number (about 28) of gardens from all over the world. In addition there was lovely sculpture scattered throughout. they give you a good, colorful map so you can decide where to start and then one garden just leads to another. There were so many beautiful plants and flowers that we spent several hours here. The Children's Garden is delightful with whimsical sculptures, a tree house to climb in, a music-making area and a maze. The children we saw there were having a good time. Very nice gift shop where we purchased some nice souvenirs. Lots of walking up and down so it's a workout.

Visited July 2013
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Rancho Cucamonga, California
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“An Oasis Near The Sea”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2013

San Diego Botanic Garden is a compact nature spot filled with outdoor surprises around every corner. The Garden is not large by any means but is packed with beautiful plants from all over the world. Meandering walkways set amongst lush waterfalls set you up for a two hour break from life's stresses. A real highlight is an extensive bamboo garden which is next to a demonstration area with many types of fruit trees. The one-time admission fee is a bit high but a membership for those who would like to stroll the Garden over and over again would be the best way to go.

Visited July 2013
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Rancho Santa fe
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“Wonderland of different plants”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

Tucked away in the hillsides is a marvelous collection of plants from all over the world. Be aware it is a hilly area and requires a bit of walking on relatively smooth terrain. Discounts for admission and parking are available through the AAA. In the spring they have a wonderful sale of all kinds of tomateo plants.

Visited April 2013
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