San Diego Botanic Garden (formerly Quail Botanical Gardens) in Encinitas

The San Diego Botanic Garden is located in California, Encinitas. Its previous name was Quail Botanical Gardens, but it was changed to reflect the regional status of the garden. The beautiful oasis covers 37 acres of land and it features a lovely subtropical fruit garden, Mediterranean climate landscape, rare bamboo groves, California native plants, a unique tropical rainforest and desert gardens. The San Diego Botanic Garden is situated 30 minutes away from Downtown San Diego and it’s opened daily from 9 am to 5 pm. During the summer Thursdays, it’s opened until 8 pm. The admission cost is $12 for adults, $6 for children under the age of 12 years and $8 for military, students and seniors.
Since the San Diego Botanic Garden is located in a region with a mild climate, it is home to plants gathered from all 4 corners of the world. The various microclimates and the diverse topography have allowed the sensational transition from tropical rainforests to desert environments. The San Diego Botanic Garden offers a great chance to relax and have some time for you. For about 2, 3 hours you have the opportunity to see the largest bamboo collection in the country, the majestic and gorgeous palms, flowering trees and the restful vistas or walk along the garden trails. This amazing place features 2 dozen gardens including plants from Australia, the Mediterranean region, South America, the Canary Islands, South Africa, Mexico and much more. Some of the most significant gardens are the Tropical Rain Forest, the Bamboo Collection, the Undersea Garden and the Fruit Garden.
The Children’s Garden is also extremely interesting. It was opened in 2011 and it is the most expansive kid’s garden on the entire West Coast. This small area will help your children appreciate gardens and plants. They will have the chance to explore and visit the “Seeds of Wonder”, featuring play areas and interactive exhibits. The garden hosts various events every week. Thus, kids will learn how to discover bugs or pot plants.
Currently, the San Diego Botanic Garden features more than 3,000 varieties of California native, subtropical and tropical plants. The collections include a Palm Canyon, a Pinetum, Sub-Tropical Fruit, Coastal Sage Scrub and gardens for Old World Desert and New World. There are also geographically organized gardens such as the Pacific, Africa, the Pan-Tropical Rainforest, Australia, New Zeeland, Arid Madagascar Garden, the Middle East, Arid South America, the Mediterranean, the Canary Islands, the Mediterranean, Cape South Africa, the Himalayas and Central America. The most notable plants included in these collections are palms, fuchsias, cork oaks, hibiscus, brugmansias, bamboos, perennials, proteas, wildflowers, cacti, water plants and herbs.
The San Diego Botanic Garden presents various classes and events. The nighttime concert series is popular during the summer months. On the holiday season, there is the Garden of Lights Festival, including Christmas carols and lots of lights. Of particular interest are also the orchid Fair and the Fairy Festival. The classes are about learning to make floral designs, creating holiday wreaths or making baskets.
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