On September 12, 2009, the Quail Botanical Gardens in Encinitas CA offically became the San Diego Botanic Garden. Although the name has changed, thankfully, the wonderful experience of visiting this magical place has not.
The Quail Botanical Gardens began as a 30 acre private estate belonging to Charles and Ruth Larabee. The Larabees landscaped their property with exotic plants they acquired while traveling around the world. They created this amazing place where people could walk through different ecosystems–all right here in San Diego County!
Highly involved in scouting and the education of area youth, the couple used their garden to teach about nature. Continuing in the same spirit, Ruth Larabee left her beautiful garden and grounds to the County of San Diego in 1957. Quail Botanical Gardens was officially born.
The Quail Gardens Foundation was founded shortly thereafter to support this one-of-a-kind botanical garden here in North San Diego County. The County provided funding and management until 1993 when tough financial times in local government forced the garden to go private as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
Still holding true to the original mission to serve the botanical and horticultural needs of San Diego County, this amazing urban retreat is still right here in Encinitas for all to experience and enjoy.
The San Diego Botanic Garden provides demonstration gardens including threatened and endangered plant species, drought resistant gardens and a chance to see all of these plants fully grown in a majestic setting. From tropical to local sage, the garden has glorious presentations in a park like setting. One of my favorite exhibits are the bamboo groves – the Garden has the largest bamboo collection in the nation with tens of different species represented.
These days we are dealing with prolonged drought conditions and severe water shortages. Places like the San Diego Botanic Garden are just what we need to help us be part of the solution. Here one can learn how to grow and maintain a gorgeous thriving landacpe with a minimum of water and a modest burget.
While visiting this beautiful and educational place, many people discover that their gardening habits may be damaging the environment or even damagin or killing their home gardens themselves. Problems like over watering and smart plant selection are addressed while you look at these demonstration gardens already designed and established. You quickly learn that many drought resistant plants from around the world are quite colorful and will grow extremely well right here.
The beautiful environment of the Gardens, located at 230 Quail Gardens Drive in Encinitas CA, is the perfect setting for all types of events. Weddings and other social engagements can be held in the garden. Other fun and exciting events are sponsored throughout the year.
Admission to costs $12 for adults, $6 for children (3-12), and $8 for senior, students, and the military. It is free on the first Tuesday of every month and car pools of four or more can waive the $2 parking fee anytime. Memberships are also available for free entry and other benefits.
Whether you are looking to start your own drought-resistant garden or are just looking to relax and experience the beauty of nature at its best, take a trip to San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas CA. It’s a Zen experience!