Established in 1970, San Diego Botanic Garden (SDBG) is a 37-acre urban oasis that creates, shares and applies plant wisdom with people of all backgrounds, ages and interests. The Garden’s four miles of trails display more than 5,000 plant species and varieties, including 300 plants for which SDBG is the only garden maintaining a population. SDBG has 15 gardens that represent different regions of the world, 12 demonstration gardens, and the largest public bamboo collection in North America. SDBG has three children’s gardens, including its flagship, one-acre Hamilton Children’s Garden, the largest kids’ garden on the west coast.
When you visit the San Diego Botanic Garden, you will be amazed at the diverse collection of plants they maintain. Each garden has a unique theme and design, and each is united by the beauty of its plants. The Garden has become a popular destination for San Diego residents and tourists alike since it encompasses the best of San Diego’s natural landscape. What’s more, the Garden is a non-profit organization so your admission fee goes directly toward helping maintain the Gardens, as well as supporting the Garden’s educational and outreach programs.
Current & Upcoming Exhibitions
‘Seeing the Invisible’ Augmented Reality Art Show
San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas premieres the most ambitious and expansive exhibition to date of contemporary artworks created with augmented reality (AR) technology. Seeing the Invisible features works by 13 international artists: Ai Weiwei, Sarah Meyohas, Daito Manabe, El Anatsui, Sigalit Landau, Timur Si-Qin, Jakob Kudsk Steensen, Pamela Rosenkranz, Meg O’Callaghan, Refik Anadol, Isaac Julien CBE, Mohammed Kazem, and Ori Gerscht.Visitors can view the exhibition only through Seeing the Invisible app, which is available for download to smartphones and tablets in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. The app will display AR works only upon arrival to San Diego Botanic Garden.Seeing the Invisible fosters collaboration among institutions, artists, and audiences to highlight the power of art and nature to connect people.Members receive free admission. Non-member admissions range from $10 to $18. SDBG provides free entry to members of other gardens participating in the American Horticultural Society’s Reciprocal Admissions Program.
For more information, go to to the SDBG website.
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300 Quail Gardens Drive
Encinitas , CA 92024
Open Wednesday - Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. / Open until 8pm during six Thursdays this summer! June 30, July 14 and 28, August 11 and 25, September 8
Closed Christmas Day
300 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, CA