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San Diego Botanic Garden

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Address: 230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024-2707
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Explore four miles of garden trails, enjoy restful vistas, flowering trees,...

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.

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Nice but depends on the time of year you visit

We enjoyed walking around this somewhat varied garden but hit it at the wrong time of the year. We were here in early Nov. and the spring and summer blooms were obviously gone... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 November 2015
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Santa Fe
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Santa Fe
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2015

We enjoyed walking around this somewhat varied garden but hit it at the wrong time of the year. We were here in early Nov. and the spring and summer blooms were obviously gone. It also looks like they need more volunteers to handle the garden as it wasn' in the best of shape in any areas. Very small gift shop... More 

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San Diego
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2015

We enjoyed going to the San Diego Botanic Garden - a beautiful place to walk around looking at the plants and interesting garden areas. Many of the areas feature unique plants, and especially a large native plant collection. It's a bit more "natural" in the landscaping, not as manicured as you would expect a fancy English style garden - but... More 

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Regina, Canada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2015

Drove for an hour and paid $30 to visit SD Botanical Gardens in Oct 2015; what a waste of time and money. You'd expect something extravagant... NOT! If you've ever been to Buchart Gardens on Vancouver Island or Minter Gardens in Chilliwack, BC do not waste your time going to SD Botanical. Very disappointing.

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Nelson, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2015

Plants nicely sorted by region. So many things can grow in this area! Easy to spend hours. Trees and shrubs you rarely see elsewhere. Fun and educational.

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Boston, Mass
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2015

the employees are enthusiastic and more than willing to help make the stay enjoyable for all. Bring walking shoes so that you will be comfortable. I did, however see people being transported via golf cart like vehicles. property is beautiful and well kept with trees/plants/herbs/fruits from around the world senior/student discounts are available

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2015 via mobile

Our family went to this beautiful oasis to take in its beauty and diverse vegetation. Our toddler loved the children's gardens, and the adults enjoyed the serene and relaxing gardens. Bring comfortable walking shoes for a morning or afternoon of delight! Recommend 3 to 4 hours.

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Folsom, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2015

A gem of an arboretum with trees, plants and succulents from around the world, including South Africa, Central America, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia and the Mediterranean. The garden is divided into zones with micro-climates specific to the different areas. You can walk through a bamboo forest, a tropical rain forest, or a path bordered by trees and plants with edible... More 

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North Andover, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2015

My husband and I were looking for something not too taxing to do on the last day of our San Diego vacation and visited the San Diego Botantic Garden located a short drive north of the city in Encinitas CA. We were very pleasantly surprised by the extensive variety of plants from all over the world that are suited to... More 

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Sheridan, Wyoming
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2015

Tucked away in Encinitas and apparently not well advertised is a hidden attraction for those folks tired of the usual. The Botanic Garden has a fantastic collection of succulents, bamboo, and one of the best "Jungles" in California. There is a gift shop, restrooms, and interesting displays.

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Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2015

I visited the Garden with a group and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. I was particularly impressed with the whimsical metal and live plant statues on display around the garden. Another standout was a small pond with Lily pads and radiant Lotus Blossoms. I thought the waterfall was dissappointing. Be sure to bring comfortable shoes and be prepared for some... More 

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