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What are your hours?
What is your admission fees?
9:00 am – 5:00 pm Daily
Do you have wheel chairs available?
Seniors, active military $12
Youth 3-17 $10
Members, children ages 2 & under FREE
Prices and hours subject to change.
We only have one wheelchair available on a first come first served basis
Can I leave and come back in the same day?
at the Welcome Center.
We do not reserve them in advance.
Yes! Just keep your receipt and present it upon reentry.
Where are you located?
How big is the Garden?
The San Diego Botanic Garden is a beautiful urban retreat nestled on 37-acres in the midst of Encinitas. Visitors enjoy restful vistas, flowering trees, majestic palms, and the nation’s largest bamboo collection. Thanks to our mild Southern California climate, plants from all over the world thrive here – nearly 5,000 different species! Our diverse topography provides a wide variety of microclimates giving visitors the sensation of strolling through a tropical rainforest to hiking in the desert. Four miles of trails wind through 29 uniquely themed gardens including our acclaimed Hamilton Children’s Garden.
How long does it take to visit the Garden?
With 37-acres, 29 uniquely themed gardens, and 2 children’s gardens, you can spend as much, or as little time, as you like in our beautiful urban oasis. If you are active and do not have mobility issues, you can walk the entire grounds in about 45 minutes – without stopping to admire any of our 5,000 different species. For avid garden-lovers, we recommend 3-4 hours in order to appreciate all the Garden has to offer including myriad plant species (many endangered!) in our Garden. For parents with children, you can spend 1-2 hours comfortably (or more!) depending upon the age/interest of your child.
Where can I eat?
We have a limited number of picnic tables available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
These are located in the Eucalyptus Grove.
Do you have plants for sale?
Can I bring my pet?
Yes! We sell a variety of native plants, bird and butterfly plants, succulents, cacti and more. We propagate several species on property. Come check out our selection at our Garden Shops that are open daily from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. To reach The Garden Shops, call 760/ 436-3036 x208. San Diego Botanic Garden members, can receive a 10-20% discount on most items.
No pets of any kind are allowed in the Garden. However, Service Animals are allowed in the Garden..
Do you permit the use of tobacco products?
Service Animal Policy:
Per the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – “Service animals must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered, unless these devices interfere with the service animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents using these devices. In that case, the individual must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal, or other effective controls.” Please abide by these Service Animal policies in the Garden.
California state law prohibits leaving animals in any unattended motor vehicle. (California Penal Code Section 597.7). Guests are not allowed to bring their pets and leave them unattended in their vehicles at any time. All violators will be reported to the authorities and will result in expulsion from the Garden.
San Diego Botanic Garden maintains a smoke-free environment. Smoking of any kind is not permitted, including electronic and vapor cigarettes.
Can I take photographs?
Do you have lost and found?
Personal Photography - allowed during public hours, free of charge.
The San Diego Botanic Garden is a wonderful place for photography and videography. The Garden is full of gorgeous and unique visual elements as well as mild temperatures and remarkable natural lighting. Any photographer, videographer or artist who intends to use images taken in the Garden for portraits, commercial, professional, advertising, or promotional purposes must complete a Photography and Filming Application, a Hold Harmless Agreement and submit the applicable fee payment; in commercial instances proof of liability insurance is also required. Without payment of the applicable fees and application approval it is strictly forbidden to sell or use images taken in the Garden for professional, commercial, advertising, or promotional activities, which include but are not limited to publishing; marketing; educational materials; products and retail merchandise; general and web advertising; broadcast; or any situation where the photographer is paid for the use of the image. Use of photos in these ways can result in the Garden taking legal action.Click Here For Details
Lost and Found is located at the Welcome Center. Please stop by or
Can I have my Child’s Birthday Party in the Garden?
Do you have jobs avaliable?
call 760/ 436-3036 x207 if you believe you have left something in the garden.
Do you accept plant donations at the Garden?
San Diego Botanic Garden is a unique and fulfilling environment in which to work. Although there are not many salaried position opportunities as the Garden is a nonprofit, there is always the opportunity to be involved through docent and volunteer programs.
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Donations of plants or physical goods/materials can only be accepted at the Garden with prior approval. If you have plants or materials that you believe the Garden could use, please email a photo and short description of the item(s).
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