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Very nicely done botanical garden, with numerous samples that I'd never seen before. Amazing... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
randylee223
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Los Angeles, California
San Diego Botanic Gardens

I have visited these beautiful gardens several times over the years. I had a few hours to kill... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Pat E
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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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...more
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230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024-2707
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Very nicely done botanical garden, with numerous samples that I'd never seen before. Amazing number of whimsical sculptures. Many trails are wheelchair accessible, but not all. Clean restrooms, drinking fountains, snack bar, gift shop, and plant sales. Vegetation is arranged by region.

Thank randylee223
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have visited these beautiful gardens several times over the years. I had a few hours to kill before leaving California to return home, and returned to explore the gardens. They are maintained well and the setting is very nice. A nice place to get...More

1  Thank Pat E
Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

There are 4 types of ecosystems being featured in this garden. It is always lush, well maintained and something is always blooming. There is a wonderful exploration garden for little kids, with a man made river creek. There are often organized activities and festivals here....More

1  Thank worldtraveler73_7
Reviewed 25 June 2018

As a local artist, I have been given the opportunity to attend as well as participate in galas and sculpture events in the Garden. SDB Garden make the most out of their cherished gem. They have classes, Fairy days, festivals and events of all kinds....More

Thank Julie S
Reviewed 14 June 2018

When we entered, they were very helpful and suggested we try an outside restaurant for lunch because the inside facility was limited. Our entry paperwork was accepted on our return. The grounds are marvelous and we just strolled through the variety of locations. Some of...More

1  Thank casaahha
Reviewed 7 June 2018

Even on a busy (free for residents) Tuesday this urban garden delights, such as the lily pond frog who croaked a welcome. In early June the blooms were delightful and the small well-stocked plant shop caught my attention (and wallet). Although I don't always like...More

1  Thank GlobalGypsy_13
Reviewed 6 June 2018 via mobile

Get to know the local plant life. Great for walking. Could use more tlc in the plant beds. Interesting art pieces throughout the gardens you can purchase. Good variety of plants. Areas good for photos and kids play.

1  Thank Dawn B
Reviewed 1 June 2018 via mobile

While not as coifed as other gardens, it wins in its location, humility and lack of pretense. It’s a beautiful place to share nature with others in the presence of an ocean breeze.

Thank ColoradoBen1
Reviewed 16 May 2018

This is one of the county's beauty spots. A well planned garden that displays many native and non-native trees and plants. Big play area for kids. It's located on a hilly rise, so be aware that there is some uphill/downhill walking to deal with. Great...More

2  Thank BlueNWashington
Reviewed 13 May 2018

Even though the weather wasn't great, I enjoyed my visit to the Botanic Garden. There is a lot to see with beautiful flowers. I found the map a bit difficult to follow however everything in the garden is well marked so you can find your...More

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kamahele2
12 January 2018|
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Response from TraceyFogarty | Reviewed this property |
It is wheelchair accessible, however many of the trails are up and down hilly paths. I would want a partner pushing at times.
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17 February 2017|
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$2 for parking. $10for seniors. If you get the free museum month card at Macy's all entry fees are half price.
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