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San Diego Botanic Garden

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Business hours

Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

After several years of deliberation, the governing board of the Quail Botanical Gardens Foundation decided to change the name Quail Botanical Gardens to San Diego Botanic Garden. The new name went into effect on September 12, 2009 at our 10th Annual Gala in the Gardens.

A name can be very significant; and to change a name that has become known and loved is not an easy task. We believe that the new name will bring continued growth, ensuring the future of this Garden for generations to come.

A significant number of people who visit the Garden are doing so for the very first time. A common response is a pleasant surprise, or even amazement, at all the Garden has to offer. For many, the name Quail Botanical Gardens was all they knew before their visit--unfortunately, it did not set a high level of expectation for the experience and the word "Quail" added some confusion. An important reason for changing the name is the belief that potential visitors would expect more and thus be more likely to visit a public garden called the San Diego Botanic Garden.

A name that lays stake to a wider region helps generate supporters from the greater area. Donors, whether individual or corporate, will always play an important role in ensuring the Garden's future. The name San Diego Botanic Garden sets a higher level of expectation and perception of importance. These are important matters for cultivating donors and in grant applications.

But for those of us who know the Garden as Quail Botanical Gardens it will not change a thing. Explore our gardens, 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 35 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.

Admission
$14 - Adults
$10 - Seniors, students, active military
$8 - Children ages 3-12
FREE - Members; children ages 2 & under
Free admission on the first Tuesday of every month!

Parking $2; Members park free.

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Upcoming events at San Diego Botanic Garden

dec 7

Garden Of Lights

Date Today, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Cost $5 - $20 buy tickets
Age limit All ages
Event Time Category

Garden Of Lights

Thursday, Dec. 8
5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Arts & Crafts

Garden Of Lights

Friday, Dec. 9
5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Arts & Crafts

Garden Of Lights

Saturday, Dec. 10
5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Arts & Crafts

Garden Of Lights

Sunday, Dec. 11
5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Arts & Crafts

Garden Of Lights

Monday, Dec. 12
5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Arts & Crafts

Garden Of Lights

Tuesday, Dec. 13
5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Arts & Crafts

Garden Of Lights

Wednesday, Dec. 14
5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Arts & Crafts

Garden Of Lights

Thursday, Dec. 15
5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Arts & Crafts

Garden Of Lights

Friday, Dec. 16
5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Arts & Crafts

Garden Of Lights

Saturday, Dec. 17
5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Arts & Crafts

Garden Of Lights

Sunday, Dec. 18
5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Arts & Crafts

Garden Of Lights

Monday, Dec. 19
5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Arts & Crafts

Garden Of Lights

Tuesday, Dec. 20
5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Arts & Crafts

Garden Of Lights

Wednesday, Dec. 21
5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Arts & Crafts

Garden Of Lights

Thursday, Dec. 22
5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Arts & Crafts

Garden Of Lights

Friday, Dec. 23
5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Arts & Crafts

Garden Of Lights

Monday, Dec. 26
5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Arts & Crafts

Garden Of Lights

Tuesday, Dec. 27
5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Arts & Crafts

Garden Of Lights

Wednesday, Dec. 28
5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Arts & Crafts

Garden Of Lights

Thursday, Dec. 29
5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Arts & Crafts

Garden Of Lights

Friday, Dec. 30
5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Arts & Crafts
Event Time Category

Paw Walk

Saturday, Feb. 18
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Animals
Event Time Category

Spring Planting Jubilee & Tomato Sale

Saturday, Mar. 18
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Family

Spring Planting Jubilee & Tomato Sale

Sunday, Mar. 19
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Family
Event Time Category

ArtFest At The Garden

Saturday, Apr. 8
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Arts

ArtFest At The Garden

Sunday, Apr. 9
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Arts
Event Time Category

Misti Washington Gourd & Basket Weekend

Saturday, May. 6
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Arts & Crafts

Misti Washington Gourd & Basket Weekend

Sunday, May. 7
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Arts & Crafts

Chocolate Festival

Saturday, May. 13
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Festivals

Palm & Cycad Show & Sale

Saturday, May. 27
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Exhibits
Event Time Category

Fairy Festival

Saturday, Jun. 17
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Arts & Crafts
Event Time Category

Insect Festival

Saturday, Jul. 22
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Animals

Insect Festival

Sunday, Jul. 23
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Animals
Event Time Category

Jazz Festival

Sunday, Aug. 13
5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Music
Event Time Category

Orchid Clinic

Saturday, Oct. 7
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Gardening

San Diego Botanic Garden Fall Plant Sale

Saturday, Oct. 21
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Charity

San Diego Botanic Garden Fall Plant Sale

Sunday, Oct. 22
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Charity

Cactus Show & Succulent Sale

Saturday, Oct. 28
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Exhibits

San Diego Botanic Garden Family Fall Festival

Saturday, Oct. 28
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Family

Cactus Show & Succulent Sale

Sunday, Oct. 29
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Exhibits

Ongoing events at San Diego Botanic Garden

Event Time Category

'Botanicals: The Photography Of Imogen Cunningham'

Every Sunday
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Arts

'Botanicals: The Photography Of Imogen Cunningham'

Every Tuesday
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Arts

'Botanicals: The Photography Of Imogen Cunningham'

Every Wednesday
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Arts

'Botanicals: The Photography Of Imogen Cunningham'

Every Thursday
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Arts

'Botanicals: The Photography Of Imogen Cunningham'

Every Friday
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Arts

'Botanicals: The Photography Of Imogen Cunningham'

Every Saturday
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Arts

Docent-led Guided Tours

Every Saturday
10 a.m. - noon Outdoors

Garden Of Lights 2010 At The San Diego Botanic Garden

Every Sunday
5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Exhibits

Garden Of Lights 2010 At The San Diego Botanic Garden

Every Sunday
5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Exhibits

Garden Of Lights 2010 At The San Diego Botanic Garden

Every Monday
5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Exhibits

Garden Of Lights 2010 At The San Diego Botanic Garden

Every Monday
5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Exhibits

Garden Of Lights 2010 At The San Diego Botanic Garden

Every Tuesday
5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Exhibits

Garden Of Lights 2010 At The San Diego Botanic Garden

Every Tuesday
5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Exhibits

Garden Of Lights 2010 At The San Diego Botanic Garden

Every Wednesday
5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Exhibits

Garden Of Lights 2010 At The San Diego Botanic Garden

Every Wednesday
5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Exhibits

Garden Of Lights 2010 At The San Diego Botanic Garden

Every Thursday
5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Exhibits

Garden Of Lights 2010 At The San Diego Botanic Garden

Every Thursday
5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Exhibits

Garden Of Lights 2010 At The San Diego Botanic Garden

Every Friday
5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Exhibits

Garden Of Lights 2010 At The San Diego Botanic Garden

Every Saturday
5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Exhibits

La Jolla Playhouse Presents 'Susurrus'

Every Sunday
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Outdoors

La Jolla Playhouse Presents 'Susurrus'

Every Thursday
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Outdoors

La Jolla Playhouse Presents 'Susurrus'

Every Friday
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Outdoors

La Jolla Playhouse Presents 'Susurrus'

Every Saturday
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Outdoors

San Diego Botanic Garden: Garden Of Lights

Every Sunday
5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Exhibits

San Diego Botanic Garden: Garden Of Lights

Every Monday
5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Exhibits

San Diego Botanic Garden: Garden Of Lights

Every Tuesday
5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Exhibits

San Diego Botanic Garden: Garden Of Lights

Every Wednesday
5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Exhibits

San Diego Botanic Garden: Garden Of Lights

Every Thursday
5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Exhibits

San Diego Botanic Garden: Garden Of Lights

Every Friday
5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Exhibits

San Diego Botanic Garden: Garden Of Lights

Every Saturday
5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Exhibits

San Diego Botanic Garden's 'Sculpture In The Garden'

Every Sunday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

San Diego Botanic Garden's 'Sculpture In The Garden'

Every Monday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

San Diego Botanic Garden's 'Sculpture In The Garden'

Every Tuesday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

San Diego Botanic Garden's 'Sculpture In The Garden'

Every Wednesday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

San Diego Botanic Garden's 'Sculpture In The Garden'

Every Thursday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

San Diego Botanic Garden's 'Sculpture In The Garden'

Every Friday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

San Diego Botanic Garden's 'Sculpture In The Garden'

Every Saturday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

San Diego Botanic Garden Thursday Family Fun Nights

Every Thursday
4:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Family

Sculpture In The Garden

Every Sunday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

Sculpture In The Garden

Every Sunday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

Sculpture In The Garden

Every Monday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

Sculpture In The Garden

Every Monday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

Sculpture In The Garden

Every Tuesday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

Sculpture In The Garden

Every Tuesday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

Sculpture In The Garden

Every Wednesday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

Sculpture In The Garden

Every Wednesday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

Sculpture In The Garden

Every Thursday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

Sculpture In The Garden

Every Thursday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

Sculpture In The Garden

Every Friday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

Sculpture In The Garden

Every Friday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

Sculpture In The Garden

Every Saturday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

Sculpture In The Garden

Every Saturday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Arts

Thursday Family Fun Nights At San Diego Botanic Garden

Every Thursday
8 p.m. Arts

Thursday Family Fun Nights At San Diego Botanic Garden

Every Thursday
4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Arts

Past events