The Garden Shops

Hours: 10 am – 4 pm
Open 7 days a week
(Closed on Christmas Day)

760/ 436-3036 x208
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Spring has sprung at The Garden Shops and we have some fantastic seasonal items you’ll want to pick up for the garden lover in your life!

Like a beautiful silk scarf from Asian Eye to add that pop of color to any outfit – casual or upscale. These eye-catching pieces are based on traditional textiles and techniques found in India, which skilled craftspeople in America now lovingly create.

Or our ever popular cork handbags, wallets, jewelry and accessories that are vegan and eco-friendly. Cork is a natural shock absorber, so a sturdy iPhone case is a necessity for anyone who wants to protect their smart phones.

Bird watchers will go gaga over our handmade wool bird houses by dZi. For over 25 years, dZi has worked directly with over 1,000 Tibetan, Indian and Nepalese artisans to create, import and market designs that celebrate the beauty of the natural world and the amazing culture of Tibet. Birds really do dive in and make their nests in these unique (and snuggly) homes that are a perfect (and practical) adornment for any garden.

Be sure to stop by this Spring to see all of the fabulous items we have in stock this season. Best of all, a portion of your purchase goes directly toward funding the Garden.

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Finally, the true story of the founders of
San Diego Botanic Garden is revealed.

Sowing Seeds of Wonder:

The Stories of Ruth and Charles Larabee,
and the Origins of San Diego Botanic Garden
by Sally Sandler.

200-page book features 60 pages of pictures,including vintage historical photos and current
views of the Garden.

At just $10, it’s a perfect gift or souvenir from your visit.
When purchased at The Garden Shops, proceeds benefit San Diego Botanic Garden.

Download More Information Click Here.


Sam's book

Did you know that SDBG is the proud owner of a 500-pound Galapagos tortoise named Sam? Read Sam’s story, “Too Big To Lose,” in a beautifully illustrated book for children of all ages. This charming book, written by Leslie Duval and illustrated by Ruth Todd Evans, is available in the SDBG Garden Shops and on Samís website Ė Remember, proceeds will be shared with the SDBG to help care for Sam, who might live another 100 years, so get ready to stock up on the best gift ever!

Sam is not on display in the Garden but is available
for pre arranged visits by persons with special needs. 

Visit Sam's Page Click Here

Gift Shop

Our gift shop merchandise reflects our beautiful botanic setting. Some items you can find in our gift shop include:

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  • Home and garden décor

  • Jewelry and art (prominently featuring the
    work of local artists)

  • Cork handbags and fashion accessories

  • Hand-crafted bird houses

  • Fun and educational games, toys and books
    for children

  • Books of interest to plant lovers, home gardeners, horticulturalists and birders

  • Handmade note cards

  • Bamboo poles and walking sticks

  • Collectabells

  • Clothing, caps, mugs and more to remember your visit to the Garden

Plant Shop

Many of the plants in the Garden’s Plant Shop are propagated by volunteers or purchased from local specialty growers. Our inventory is constantly changing and often includes ornamental plants for the home and garden including:

  • California native plants
  • Cork oaks
  • Dragon trees
  • Topiaries
  • Container gardens
  • Succulents
  • Succulent wreaths hand-made by Garden volunteers