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September 21, 2017
Our SECOND Deathly-smelling Corpse Flower
San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas

Thanks to the generosity of CSU Fullerton, we have another
stinky wonder that is in bloom TODAY – come see it before it’s gone!!

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September 13, 2017
18th Annual Gala in the Garden: A Night in Nature
Record amount raised to fund the new Dickinson Family Education Conservatory

A record 600 guests attended San Diego Botanic Garden’s annual Gala in the Garden last Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 5 – 10 pm, dubbed A Night in Nature.

Generous friends of the Garden donated more than $300,000 towards the fund-a-need in support of the Dickinson Family Education Conservatory. This new facility, located just north of the Hamilton Children’s Garden is now under construction and opening in 2018. The funds raised virtually completed the $5.3M campaign while setting a record for funds raised at any prior gala! This amount does not include underwriting support from sponsors, ticket sales and silent auction proceeds that amounted to $200K in additional revenue raised to help cover event costs.

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September 11, 2017
Deathly-smelling Corpse Flower Blooming
THIS WEEKEND at San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas

This stinky wonder will emit its noxious odor for just over a week
Come and see (and smell) this rare and unusual bloom before it’s gone!!

Characterized by a scent Morticia Addams might use as an intoxicating perfume, the deathly-smelling Amorphophallus titanium, also known as Titan Arum, is expected to be in bloom THIS WEEKEND at San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas. The plant will be on public display in SDBG’s Bamboo Garden during regular business hours from 9 am – 5 pm daily. Admission prices are $14 for adults, $10 for students/seniors/military, $8 for children, and no admission charge for children under 2 years of age.

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August 24, 2017
Become a Docent at San Diego Botanic Garden
Classes begin Thursday, Sept. 14
9:30 am – 1 pm

Gain in-depth knowledge about the unique collection of plants at this 37-acre botanic wonderland. Meet others who share your interest in the natural world, while learning from experts in a variety of specialties. Experience the satisfaction and personal accomplishment that comes from making a commitment to such a stimulating and worthwhile organization. Read More


August 14, 2017
San Diego Botanic Garden Fall Plant Sale
For 35 Years, the largest plant and garden-related items sale in San Diego!
Featuring a wide variety of unique, exotic and unusual plants you won’t find anywhere else!Including beautiful water-wise plants to enhance your garden and save on your water bill.

Saturday & Sunday, October 21& 22
10 am – 4 pm

Monday, October 23
9 am – 12 pm
All remaining plant stock goes on sale for ½ price

At San Diego Botanic Garden’s Annual Fall Plant Sale, plant lovers can choose from thousands of unique, exotic, unusual and drought-tolerant plants, as well as California natives, herbs, succulents, annuals, perennials and SO much more!
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August 4, 2017
18th Annual Gala in the Garden: A Night in Nature Honors Ann Hunter-Welborn and David Welborn
San Diego Botanic Garden
Saturday, September 9, 2017 5 – 10 pm
Join hundreds of local business leaders, supporters and guests for San Diego Botanic Garden’s 18th annual Gala in the Garden on Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 5 – 10 pm. This year’s theme is A Night in Nature and the event will celebrate Paul Ecke, Jr. Award honorees, Ann Hunter-Welborn and David Welborn. Read More
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July 21, 2017

The Dickinson Family Education Conservatory project at San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas took a huge step forward this week. Final permitting was obtained by the Garden from the City of Encinitas for the 8,232 sq. ft. facility set in the nationally acclaimed Hamilton Children’s Garden.
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July 20, 2017
Summer Jazz Concert in the Garden
Featuring the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame Orchestra
Sunday, August 13
5 pm - 7 pm
Gazebo Lawn

Spend an evening enjoying the timeless sounds of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie and more, performed by the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame Orchestra at the San Diego Botanic Garden on Sunday, August 13 from 5-7 pm.
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July 9, 2017
Insect Festival
Saturday & Sunday, July 22 & 23
10 am – 4 pm

Sponsored by K&M Pest Solutions

Aspiring entomologists are invited to San Diego Botanic Garden’s Insect Festival on Saturday and Sunday, July 22 – 23 from 10 am – 4 pm. This one-of-a-kind festival is sure to intrigue bug-devotees of all ages. The event features thousands of fascinating creepy-crawlies, including live lizards, snakes and the famous Madagascar hissing cockroaches!
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June 22, 2017
Sculpture in the Garden Exhibit
At San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas

June 25, 2017 – Early April 2018 Daily 9 am – 5 pm
San Diego Botanic Garden has a rich heritage of garden art, both natural and man-made. Our 37-acre urban oasis provides the beautiful natural setting for this year’s Sculpture in the Garden - a collection of more than 50 works created by 30 artists. 
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June 6, 2017

Calling all Fairy Prince and Princesses! Children (and parents) are invited to celebrate summer at the annual Fairy Festival at San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas on Saturday, June 17 from 10 am – 4 pm. The Fairy Festival features fairy themed activities, where children may wear their favorite fairy costume, visit our official Fairy Princesses Violette, Juniper and Blue Bell in an enchanted garden for a photo op, leave their wishes at a magic wishing bush, shop in the Fairy Land Market, and enjoy fairy themed crafts.  

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May 5, 2017

See a live demonstration rarely seen in California!! SUNDAY, MAY 7 11 AM CORK OAK GROVE The cork oak is one of the world’s most interesting and iconic tree species. Commercial cork comes from the thick, spongy, outer bark which is harvested in the tree’s native range in Spain and Portugal. The outer bark of each tree is skillfully and harmlessly stripped off the trunk once every decade, allowing new bark to regrow. Cork oaks are widely grown in California as ornamental trees, but the bark is rarely harvested. The San Diego Botanical Garden has a beautiful grove of cork oak trees that is a perfect place to host this demonstration Read More


April 24, 2017
Active Duty U.S. Military Personnel and Families
Admitted FREE to San Diego Botanic Garden
May 1, 2017 through Labor Day, September 4, 2017

The San Diego Botanic Garden is proud to participate in the Blue Star Museum program, offering free admission to all active duty, National Guard and Reserve members of the U.S. military and their families (card carrier plus 5 immediate family members). As our way of saying ‘thank you’ to the brave men and women of the U.S. Military, the Garden will begin our Blue Star program on May 1st – more than 3 weeks ahead of other Blue Star Museum participants!

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April 19, 2017
Chocolate Festival at San Diego Botanic Garden
Saturday, May 13 9 am – 4:30 pm

Chocolate Lovers Unite! If you have never met a chocolate that you didn’t like, this is your day! Don’t miss San Diego Botanic Garden’s annual Chocolate Festival on Saturday, May 13 from 9 am – 4:30 pm. Your taste buds will thank you when savoring the many varieties of goodies created by nearly a dozen chocolate artisans. The Chocolate Festival is the day before Mother’s Day, so it is the perfect gift for Mom. She can enjoy the day relaxing in our beautiful garden oasis while sampling edibles made from the ground beans of the Theobroma cacao. Demonstrations and tips on creating delicious chocolate treats will also be featured at the Chocolate Festival.

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April 12, 2017
Unearthly-looking Sapphire Tower (Puya alpestris)
Now In Bloom at San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas

This South American wonder will continue to flower for about 2 more weeks

Characterized by unearthly, metallic-looking, deep turquoise blooms, that are punctuated by bright orange anthers, the Puya alpestris, commonly known as the Sapphire Tower, looks like nothing else in the plant world.

This striking flower that often causes visitors to say ‘Is this REAL?’ is now in bloom at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas. A native plant of South America, this Chilean species is a member of the pineapple family, with flowers measuring 2” across with a number of them blooming up an 18” spike (or tower) over a 2-3 week time frame.

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March 29, 2017
ArtFest 2017 at San Diego Botanic Garden Featuring fine art, Asian art, and a Quick Draw Contest
Saturday & Sunday, April 8 & 9 9 am – 5 pm

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. Our fine arts show features more than 20 artists displaying and selling their work at amazing prices just for Garden guests. Many of these fantastic sculptors, painters, glass artists, potters, gourd and fiber artists who participate in ArtFest will also provide interesting demonstrations of their craft.

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March 14, 2017

Today at the North American Garden Tourism Conference, the Canadian Garden Council and the American Pubic Gardens Association are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 ‘Top 10 North American Gardens Worth Traveling For’ Garden Tourism Awards.  

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It’s Sam the Giant Galapagos Tortoise’s Birthday
And YOU Can Win A Present!

Guess Sam the Giant Galapagos Tortoises weight and win a Botanic Garden prize package including an annual Family Membership, a signed copy of Sams story Too Big To Loseand  a private meeting (for up to 10 people) with Sam!

San Diego Botanic Garden’s Giant Galapagos Tortoise turns 53 this spring and we’re celebrating the Big Event by giving up to 3 lucky folks an opportunity to win a Botanic Garden prize package including a private meeting with Sam!

From Wednesday, March 1st – Tuesday, March 22nd we’re inviting residents of San Diego,
Orange and Riverside County to email their guess on how much Sam weighs to [email protected].  If visitors would like to get an up-close-and-personal view of
Sam before submitting their entry, they can see Sam at the Garden’s Spring Planting Jubilee from
10 am – 2 pm on Saturday, March 18 & Sunday, March 19.

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Presented by Misti Washington Gourd & Basket Guild
Sponsored by the San Diego Botanic Garden

At our 2017 conference, instructors from around the country will meet in the San Diego,
California area to share their expertise with students in both traditional and new,
innovative basketry techniques, and in gourd art crafting. There will be classes with the
beginner in mind as well as the more advanced student.

The conference will be held Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 8:00 am through Sunday, May 7th
at 4:00 pm at the San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas, CA,
92024. Registration is $45 per day for garden and guild members and $55 per day for
non-members. Late fee is $5 if postmarked after February 28, 2017. Class fees vary
based on instructors materials and preparation fees. Information and registration forms
can be found at

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The “5K Paw Walk in the Garden
” One for the Thumb (if they had thumbs.)
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Encinitas, CA -- There’s an old saying about having done something four times and needing “One for the Thumb.” Here it is! The Fifth annual “5K Paw Walk in the Garden” will take place on Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 8 AM until noon. Your Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) and the San Diego Botanic Garden (SDBG) are joining paws to raise funds that support people, plants, and pets.
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Garden Tapestries
Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Center, Giza, Egypt
At San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas

January 14, 2017 – March 31, 2017
Daily 9 am – 5 pm . Ecke Building

For the first time worldwide, the garden-themed tapestries from the Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Centre in Egypt will be on display at a prominent public garden, the San Diego Botanic Garden located in Encinitas.  The Egyptian artists vividly celebrate the flowers of the desert, villages and Nile River in their work – many of which can be seen January 14 – March 31, 2017 from 9 am – 5 pm at the San Diego Botanic Garden.
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February 2017 Events & Classes
Free with paid admission or membership.
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January 2017 Events & Classes
Free with paid admission or membership.
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