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Desert Garden

Park Avenue and Village Place, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
+1 619-239-4748
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3 weeks ago
“Such unique cacti and succulents!!”
19 Aug 2017
“Must see if you are at Balboa Park”
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Park Avenue and Village Place, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
Balboa Park
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+1 619-239-4748
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Confession: I have an admitted obsession with cactus and succulents, so this little garden has a particular attraction for me. With that out of the way, it is completely worth anyone's time to wander and see the amazing specimens in this park! Great evening or...More

Thank ADM_TX
Reviewed 20 August 2017

Just across the street is the rose and cactus garden and you won't be sorry! So many beautiful roses and cacti. We loved it especially being from North East Ohio where we obviously never see cactus plants.

Thank brandy621
Reviewed 22 May 2017

There are many very cool Southwest plants, succulents, cacti the size of trees all right next to a gorgeous rose garden, just across the street from the main area of Balboa Park. Definitely check out both. The only negative is the ridiculous amount of grafitti...More

Thank Amanda S
Reviewed 6 May 2017

I didn't grow up near a desert and this garden was an incredible collection of desert plants that were already well established. My only negative comment would be the need to identify the plants. It would great if the plants were marked as they were...More

Thank clmatthe05
Reviewed 5 April 2017

You have to know that you're looking for this garden as it is out of the way. It is interesting to see all the different plants

Thank murraysmom2015
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...More

Thank GreenUnicorn
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.

Thank roaminginrome101
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...More

1  Thank glassbrain
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...More

Thank VfromIa
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...More

Thank Jim L
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