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When are you open?
Wednesday - Monday
Closed Tuesday
9 am - 5 pm 

What is your admission fees?
Prices and hours subject to change. Learn More

Is the Garden ADA accessible?
Many sections of the Garden, including the Hamilton Children’s Garden, Dickinson Family Education Conservatory and its adjacent parking lot meet current ADA standards. We are continually working to expand ADA access to the rest of the Garden. An ADA pathway and new ADA restrooms were recently completed around the Gift Shop and Lawn Garden. We are currently planning a new ADA route connecting the Seeds of Wonder Children’s Garden with the Gift Shop and Bamboo Garden. Our terrain is hilly, but we are committed to making sure everyone can access all parts of the Garden. If you have accessibility needs or questions, please email us at visitorservices@sdbgarden.org or call us Wednesday – Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm at 760/ 436-3036 x231 at least 2 business days before visiting the Garden. We aim to welcome everyone and we will make every effort to make sure we can make your visit wonderful and accessible.

Do you have wheel chairs available?
Wheel chairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have mobility issues and need assistance, please contact the Garden before making your online reservations. Please email us at visitorservices@sdbgarden.org or call us at 760-436-3036 x231.

Can I leave and come back in the same day?
Yes! Just keep your receipt and present it upon reentry.

Where are you located?
Our current temporary entrance is located at 300 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024 Click Here For Directions

How large is the Garden?
San Diego Botanic Garden is a beautiful urban retreat nestled on 37-acres in Encinitas, California. Visitors enjoy restful vistas, flowering trees, majestic palms and the nation’s largest public 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, several with stunning ocean views.

Is the Conservatory Open?
Yes. The Dickinson Family Education Conservatory is open during regular business hours. It contains interesting and unusual tropical plants including one-of-a-kind plant chandeliers hanging from its ceiling.
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How long does it take to visit the Garden?
With 37-acres and 4 miles of trails to explore, 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 2-4 hours in order to appreciate all the Garden has to offer including myriad plant species (many rare and 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?
San Diego Botanic Garden is close to many local Encinitas eateries. A small selection of snacks is available at the Welcome Center, and we invite you to please bring your own water, drinks, and snacks to enjoy when you visit.

Do you permit the use of tobacco products?
San Diego Botanic Garden is a smoke-free environment. Smoking of any kind is NOT PERMITTED including electronic and vapor cigarettes.

Can I take photographs?

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.

Visitors are encouraged to take photographs for personal use.
Any visitor, 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 in advance of photographing or filming. In commercial instances proof of liability insurance is also required.

Without payment of the applicable fees and approval of your application, 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

Can I use my drone to take photographs?
San Diego Botanic Garden is a DRONE FREE ZONE. Drones are not permitted in the Garden.

Do you have lost and found?
Lost and Found is located at Visitor Services. If you believe you have left something in the Garden, please email us at visitorservices@sdbgarden.org or call us Wednesday – Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm at 760/ 436-3036 x231.

Do you have jobs avaliable?
San Diego Botanic Garden is a unique and fulfilling environment in which to work. Please visit our website for positions that are currently available. In addition, as a nonprofit, there are many opportunities to volunteer at the Garden. 
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Click Here for Volunteer Information

Do you accept plant donations at the Garden?
If you have plants or materials that you believe the Garden could use, please email a photo and short description of the item(s) to tgurnoe@sdbgarden.org. DO NOT DROP YOUR PLANTS OFF AT ANY TIME AT THE GARDEN WITHOUT STAFF APPROVAL. If you bring plants or materials to the Garden without making prior arrangements, we will NOT accept your donation and you will NOT be allowed to leave it or drop it off at the Garden.
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Thank you for understanding!

Do you have plants for sale?
Yes. The Gift & Plant Shops have been relocated to the Dickinson Family Education Conservatory

Can I bring my pet?
We only allow service animals. Please refer to our Visitor Guidelines
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If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email or call us:


Public Relations/Media Contact:
Ashley Grable
Communications and External Relations Manager
(760) 436-3036 x204
E-mail: agrable@SDBGarden.org