230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas CA
Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Daily
"Explore four miles of garden trails, enjoy restful vistas, flowering trees, majestic palms, and the nation’s largest bamboo collection. Thanks to our mild climate, plants from all over the world thrive here. Our diverse topography provides a variety of microclimates giving the visitor a sensation of going from a desert environment to a tropical rainforest, all within 37 acres.
Located 30 minutes north of San Diego in Encinitas, California, San Diego Botanic Garden features numerous exhibits, including rare bamboo groves, desert gardens, a tropical rainforest, California native plants, Mediterranean climate landscapes, succulent gardens, an herb garden, firesafe landscaping, a subtropical fruit garden, and native coastal sage natural areas. In June of 2009, we opened the Hamilton Children's Garden, the largest interactive children's garden on the West Coast."
Personal Experience: Wow, there is so much to do here! You can make this at *least* a half-day adventure if you really take your time and appreciate all of the wonderful details this place has to offer. This is a plant-lover's dream. The gardens are sectioned off by regions as mentioned above. What I am most fascinated by is the how much diversity in the plant world is able to survive out here in San Diego. We are truly blessed with great weather for tropical plants, sub-tropical, desert and more to live harmoniously!
Rancho de Los Penasquitos (Rancho Penasquitos)