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San Diego Botanic Gardens - Free Admission!

San Diego Botanic Gardens: An Urban Oasis

Until 1957, the gardens were the private estate of Ruth Baird Larabee, at which time she donated her house and grounds to the County of San Diego. Established in 1961, The Quail Botanical Gardens Foundation, located 30 minutes north of San Diego in Encinitas, California, San Diego Botanic Garden features numerous exhibits. The massive 37 acres of land include rare bamboo groves, desert gardens, a tropical rainforest, California native plants, Mediterranean climate landscapes, succulent gardens, an herb garden, fire safe landscaping, a subtropical fruit garden, and native coastal sage natural areas. The Hamilton Children's Garden was opened in June 2011, the largest interactive children's garden on the West Coast. Currently there are 4 miles of trails to explore.

Laura DeMugno, (Writer, editor, journalist, and communications professional) names San Diego Botanic Garden as one of the 10 Spectacular Gardens Around the World!

Julian Duval, President and CEO of SDBG, is particularly pleased with being included in the 10 listed gardens. She points out, "I have been to many of these prestigious gardens and can say it is a real honor to be listed among them”.

COMMENTS:

Alyssa K. (Washington, DC) ~ “The Botanic Gardens offer flowers from all around the world. In a single afternoon you can walk through Asia, Oceania, Africa, Europe, North and South America which for me is my kind of afternoon. The kids garden is a great place for the little ones to run around, play, and get dirty. I highly recommend the Botanic Gardens as it is the perfect place for anyone, no matter your age, to spend a fun day outdoors, reconnecting with nature, and enjoying earth's laughter.”

Pamela S. (San Diego, CA) ~ “I do photography and found this place with so many different opportunities, lots of plants, flowers, and interesting sights. Nice place to come and de-stress.”

Carrie H. (Carlsbad, CA) ~ “I especially enjoyed the bamboo garden and the rainforest area with the beautiful waterfall. There is quite a bit of artwork scattered throughout the gardens that offer a welcome diversion from plants... they are a bit strange but fun at the same time...”


FREE ADMISSION DOES NOT INCLUDE THE $2 PARKING FEE
However, THEY DO OFFER FREE PARKING FOR: Electric Cars*, Vehicles carrying 3 or more passengers, & Members of SDBG.
*EV Parking Stations Are Available.

***WE WILL BE SHARING THIS EVENT WITH OTHER MEETUP GROUPS.

 

DIRECTIONS:
NORTHBOUND:
Take I-5 North, exit Encinitas Boulevard and turn right (heading east) (0.5 miles), turn left on Quail Gardens Drive (0.3 miles), the entrance to the Gardens will be on your left

SOUTHBOUND:

Take I-5 South, exit Leucadia Boulevard and turn left (heading east) (0.5 miles), turn right on Quail Gardens Drive (1 mile) the entrance to the Gardens will be on your right

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION:
Visit the North County Public Transportation District website to plan your trip.

From the Encinitas Station take the NCTD Breeze (bus) route 309 Towne Center. Get off at the Encinitas Blvd stop at Westlake St. Walk north on Westlake St to the San Diego Botanic Garden Entrance, approximately 0.3 miles. (Westlake St turns into Quail Gardens Drive).

 

 

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  • Kate T.

    Good to meet so many of you today, I always love the gardens!

    1 · April 2, 2013

  • Rhonda E

    I missed the group but ran into some of the members. I enjoyed the day and appreciated that the sun was shining through some of the leaves. I hope you all had fun.

    1 · April 2, 2013

  • Milt

    great as usual

    2 · April 2, 2013

  • JD

    First visit ever and really enjoyed all the great photo opportunities.

    2 · April 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My sister and I came to the MeetUp today but ended up venturing off on our own. I posted the photos I took today on my Flickr: MollyLouWho2013

    I look forward to seeing everyone else's photos! :)

    1 · April 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Where are we all meeting up at?

    April 2, 2013

    • Sheila Newbery Redheaded P.

      Did you get some photos

      April 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey! Yes we found the group but we ended up venturing off on our own! I posted a screenshot of my Flickr Account "MollyLouWho2013"­ of the photos I took from today :). Thank you!

      1 · April 2, 2013

  • Fran R.

    GREAT TO MEET NEW PEOPLE! THANKS TO SANDY FOR HELP WITH THE MEMORY CARD!

    1 · April 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, my knees are out

    April 2, 2013

  • Fran R.

    GOOD! LOTS OF WALKING! WE LOST OUR LEADER DON!

    1 · April 2, 2013

  • Sheila Newbery Redheaded P.

    Nice weather & wonderful folks in a lovely relaxing place. The only thing that made me upset was that I forgot to take a group photo of everyone :-(

    April 2, 2013

  • Diana A.

    Sorry I missed the group photo & just found a few in our group, but this is definitely the time to go!! I have been so many times, but always seem to find something new everytime I go. Thanks for setting this up!!

    1 · April 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    First-timer wants to say hi!

    1 · March 30, 2013

    • Sheila Newbery Redheaded P.

      Welcome

      April 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you, Sheila, for organizing the nice gathering today! I still haven't found how the rating works, let me give it a thumb up here first:-)

      1 · April 2, 2013

  • Sheila Newbery Redheaded P.

    Hello everyone Kate Tavares and I will be your host for this event. We are a rather large group with others invited, so the plan is to split up in groups. Details will be given when we meetup. Please plan on bringing a sack lunch to eat right away as we will go over the plan for the day. We are so looking forward to seeing you all.

    April 1, 2013

  • Russel R.

    I've been sick for a few days and it seems to be getting worse instead of better so I'm pulling out so that someone else can go.

    April 1, 2013

  • Kate T.

    Sheila, I am new to the group, but I have been to the Gardens and I would like to lead the group for this outing.

    So, sorry to hear about your brother and wishing you and your family the best, Kate [masked]

    1 · March 12, 2013

  • Sheila Newbery Redheaded P.

    My brother is not going to recover from his illness and may not make it very soon. I will be staying with my mother by UCSD La Jolla to be by my brothers side & to support my mother during this sad time.

    March 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    been there before but it was about to close so didn't get to see the entire place. Maybe I will stay til dark... or not.

    1 · March 14, 2013

  • Fran R.

    Sheila, I am a newbie. So we haven't met. I wanted to extend my deepest condolences for your family trouble. God Bless you all.
    Fran Roth

    1 · March 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds like a great opportunity!!

    1 · March 13, 2013

  • Fran R.

    We can make this. My husband is off that day. Is there a lot of walking?

    1 · March 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    YES! Haven't been there since it was called Quail Gardens...looking forward to this.

    1 · February 17, 2013

  • Jean E.

    Sounds like fun, do get there often enough.

    1 · February 17, 2013

  • Anna

    Looks nice!

    1 · February 17, 2013

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