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“Always worth a visit ”

San Diego Botanic Garden
Ranked #4 of 42 things to do in Encinitas
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed 21 April 2018 via mobile

Great place to spend a few hours to decompress. Very calm and relaxing. Various garden areas highlight different parts of the world, from lush to arid. Love the topiary people!

Thank TrudiC44
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"children's area"
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"bamboo forest"
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"fruit trees"
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"new zealand"
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"native plants"
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"gift shop"
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"for sale"
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"quail"
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"different varieties"
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"special events"
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"every month"
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"great place for kids"
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"wide variety"
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Reviewed 12 April 2018

I didn't know this place existed. friends asked me to go and it was very special day.Blue skies, incredible trees from every country and some flowers. There is lots of walking up and down paths but well worth it.

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Reviewed 10 April 2018

Don't miss this hidden gem, the San Diego Botanical Gardens in Encinitas which is about a 30 min drive along the coast from downtown. I have been there a few times but this last time was in a group tour as a member of the San Diego Tour Guide Association. We were all amazed at the beautiful displays of plants from around the world. It's really a great addition to many places that we can take people in San Diego. A little off the beaten path but well worth the short trip up the coast.

Thank Borgs5053
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Reviewed 9 April 2018

This is a lovely, small-ish Botanical Garden. It is well worth a visit if you are in the San Diego area.

Thank BillEBanks
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Reviewed 28 March 2018 via mobile

Plan to spend a day wandering among San Diego’s magnificent botanical gardens. Landscapes are planted representing habitats from desert to bamboo forest with pleasant, gentle walking paths in between. The garden is both stroller and wheelchair accessible. One of my favorite areas is the playful children’s garden with a little house to explore, fun sculptures, and sturdy music making devices. Don’t miss the gift shop that has many plants for sale as well as a selection of gardening books and the usual tea towels.

Thank Elizabeth S
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