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Seeds of Wonder


9:00 am – 5:00 pm Daily
(Closed Christmas Day)

Botanic Garden Update Due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus
Due to the current public health emergency, San Diego Botanic Garden is closed to all visitors and volunteers until further notice. All events, classes and public meetings are cancelled through June 30th. We will update our website and social media platforms as the situation evolves.


Seeds of Wonder Video


Ongoing Programs in Seeds of Wonder

Tuesdays*, Wednesdays & Thursdays 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Free with admission or membership

*Programs not offered on the first Tuesday of the month.

Occasionally a program may be modified or cancelled due to inclement weather or volunteer availability.

toddler with flower

Tuesdays * (*except the first Tuesday of each month) 

Toddler Tales and Tunes, 10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
(Recommended for ages 1 - 4)
Join us on the patio of the Ecke Building to listen – and sing along – to preschool tales and tunes.


10 – 11:30 am

Play Dough and Painting, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.   
(Recommended for ages 1-6)

Whoa!  What’s that smell?  Come exercise your olfactory senses.  Is that garlic play dough?  This one smells like cotton candy!  Can anybody figure out what this one smells like?  Children will work with play dough using rolling pins, cookie cutters, pizza wheels and other fun utensils. 

Children may also enjoy painting or other crafts.


Trains, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.  
(Recommended for ages 1-6)

All aboard!  Watch our motorman-engineer James run his special trains on our miniature railroad!  James will answer all your train questions and children will hear various train whistles. 

Garden Arts and Crafts, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Children may make their own train - or other masterpiece - on the arts and crafts table.


Tuesday through Thursday (*except the first Tuesday of each month), children may also enjoy blowing bubbles or potting up a plant to take home. For more information email Stephanie Murphy at smurphy@sdbgarden.org

Seeds of Wonder Train

A touch of fantasy world in the middle of lush gardens, our garden railroad brings the whimsical charm of a miniature railroad to Seeds of Wonder, placing smiles on many faces, young and old. Come take a tour of our miniature landscape.

All Aboard! The train wanders through the country side, passing under the gondola which carries our miniature visitors to the height of “SOW Mountain” and onto the “Quail Lookout Tower.” From the height of the tower you can see a small town in the distance. The town is serviced by a trolley that provides means of transportation to the many residents. Push the big red or blue button and you are the Engineer!