San Diego Botanical Gardens
A Year Round Urban Oasis
The San Diego Botanical Gardens has over four miles of garden trails, flowering trees, beautiful palms and expansive views. With the largest collection of rare bamboo in the United States, the San Diego Botanical Gardens are truly a national treasure and an urban oasis open year round.
Some of the other collections at the San Diego Botanical Gardens feature a rainforest, chaparral, desert and other California native plants, Mediterranean climate plants, herb and succulent gardens, native coastal sage natural areas, fire safe gardening, and a subtropical fruit garden.
The Gift Shop and Nursery
If you are interested in purchasing plants and speaking with a docent of the San Diego Botanical Gardens, plants are available for purchase in the Gift Shop and Nursery.
Staffed entirely by volunteers and docents, the San Diego Botanical Gardens Gift Shop and Nursery are open every day from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. It is an opportunity to bring home a beautiful native California plant to your home garden.
Touring the Gardens
There are a variety of group tours available in the San Diego Botanical Gardens. The Botanical Originals tour is the first Sunday of every month and costs $20.00. This tour features gift-card making using natural and plant materials.
There is also a self-guided tour available with a pdf you can download from the website.
The Hamilton Children’s Garden
If you have young children, you simply must take them to visit the Hamilton Children’s Garden at the San Diego Botanical Gardens. The Hamilton Children’s Garden is the largest interactive garden for children located on the west coast.
The Hamilton Children’s Garden is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily and features tours for groups of children.
During the summer, there are additions activities available in the Hamilton Children’s Garden, including the Pirates and Princesses Drama Camp put on by the Intrepid Shakespeare Company.
This camp is meant for children between the ages of seven and twelve and requires no previous theater experience. It runs for three days in July, from Monday, July 16 until Friday, July 20, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. There is a final performance at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, July 20.
The tuition for the drama camp is $175 and includes San Diego Botanical Gardens admission. If you are interested in signing your child up for the camp, please call (760) 652-5011 or email [email protected]
Plan Your Wedding at the Gardens
If you are planning an outdoor wedding, the picturesque San Diego Botanical Gardens are actually available for rent as a wedding or other special event location.
There are several garden locations located within the San Diego Botanical Gardens for you to choose from if you are planning an outdoor wedding. Some of these locations include the
Gazebo Lawn Garden suitable for larger events, the smaller Waterfall View Deck and the secluded Walled or Lawn House Gardens.
The San Diego Botanical Gardens are located in Encinitas, California, just half an hour north of downtown San Diego. The entire gardens are over 35 acres at 230 Quail Gardens Drive, a street that is parallel to the 5 freeway between Encinitas Boulevard and Leucadia Boulevard.
Open from 9:00 to 5:00 a.m. daily, and year round, admission is $12.00 for adults, $8.00 for seniors, students, active military, $6.00 for children between the ages of 3 and 12. The San Diego Botanical Gardens are free for members and children ages 2 and under.