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San Diego Botanic Garden

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.

$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 event at San Diego Botanic Garden

ArtFest At The Garden

  • Saturday, April 8, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • ArtFest at the Garden features some of the finest regional artists displaying their talents with the beautiful San Diego Botanic Garden as a back drop.

All upcoming events at San Diego Botanic Garden

Sculpture In The GardenStarts June 28, 2016

ArtFest At The GardenApril 8, 2017

Misti Washington Gourd & Basket WeekendMay 6, 2017

Chocolate FestivalMay 13, 2017

Palm & Cycad Show & SaleMay 27, 2017

Fairy Festival June 17, 2017

Insect FestivalJuly 22, 2017

Jazz Festival August 13, 2017

Orchid ClinicOctober 7, 2017

San Diego Botanic Garden Fall Plant SaleOctober 21, 2017

Cactus Show & Succulent Sale October 28, 2017

San Diego Botanic Garden Family Fall FestivalOctober 28, 2017

Past events

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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.

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