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Desert Garden

Neighbourhood: Balboa Park
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Address: Park Avenue and Village Place, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
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Many Unusual Sights

For those of us from southern New Jersey, there aren't too many succulents to see other than in botanical gardens. The Desert Garden at Balboa Park gave us the opportunity to see... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 December 2016
Southern NJ
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Southern NJ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

For those of us from southern New Jersey, there aren't too many succulents to see other than in botanical gardens. The Desert Garden at Balboa Park gave us the opportunity to see a variety of most interesting, and for us, most unusual plants. As it is adjacent to the rose garden, we just sort of found ourselves at the Desert... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2016

What a neat place to take a stoll, especially if you are from a place where succulents and cactus plants aren't indigenous. You'll be amazed at all the different types, sizes and shapes.

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2015

Worth anyone's time to experience a really different landscape and the exotic shapes and adaptations of xerophytic flora. But, take a collector of succulents and cacti with you as a guide! This lovely garden seems quite underfunded and in need of maintenance. It would be a star attraction with some cleaning, pruning, fencing, and most of all labelling (or a... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2015

I can't fully explain why I love it so much. Giant cactus, mangrove trees, big rocks, birds & lizards? It is a place that speaks to me on a spiritual level. It is usually not very crowded, although there are often a few local artists there painting landscapes. I always walk in, find a giant secluded rock & sit there... More 

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Tustin, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2015

I recommend strolling along the paths of this desert garden, accessible primarily from the bridge from Balboa Park over Park Boulevard, near the Bea Evenson Fountain. The garden is not big, but the layout and spacing of the desert flora are conducive to getting some cool photos of interesting plant species. Parts of the garden contain sloping paths, but overall... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2015

I really, really liked this small, free range spot on the hillside across Park Blvd from Balboa Park (part of the park). There is a surprising amount of military, present and history, in San Diego. After experiencing quite a bit of that history over the prior days, it felt really good to walk amongst plants that specialize in growing where... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2015 via mobile

Part of Balboa Park, but across the street from the main attractions. Delightful stroll through an amazing variety of cacti. Roses next door.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2014

I actually enjoyed this garden more than the rose garden. Just walk over the pedestrian bridge from El Prado to get to it. The garden is pretty big. Very impressive. I took a ton of pictures. Great views of the countryside from the garden as well. Large variety of plants. Very nice, highly recommend!

Thank Rose P
Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2014

This was a great stop to walk around while waiting for the bus. It was right beside the stop and was beautiful. There was a great variety of plants and was well kept. If you walked to the back you had a great view from above. Leads right into the rose garden too.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2014

Great garden to visit for a short period of time. Wide assortment of plants and nicely laid out, just across the street from Balboa park.

Thank Traveller1234321

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