Admission is $2.00 for non-members; admission is Free with Membership
At this point I would say most people know about the San Diego Botanic Garden & Hermitage Self-Realization Gardens, both which are exquisite and beautiful botanical gardens. If you go about 15 minutes east of these areas though there is another spot that holds it's own for unique beauty: Alta Vista Gardens.
The Alta Vista Gardens is an interactive botanical garden that uses up-to-date technology in an interactive atmosphere. This a place that all ages can appreciate. There are different zones such as sub-tropical, an herbal labyrinth, the Children's Musical garden. ponds, prehistoric gardens and more. It truly is a treat here, especially for the price! Rather than taking the conventional approach of creating another living plant museum, this garden has become a gathering place for the community.
One of the main highlights throughout the project are the art installations. Most recently they aquired some of Ricardo Breceda's art installations, who is most famous for his contributions to Galleta Meadows out in the Anza Borrego Desert.
One key attraction of the garden is the incorporation of art throughout the grounds, giving artists a magnificent showcase to display their talents. From garden art to sculptures, to walkways and walls created by some of the area’s most talented artisans are on display. Along the trail systems, throughout the garden, are multipurpose platforms, which act as way stations for visitors. These platforms eventually will play host to a multitude of events in the garden, such as fine art shows, culinary events, the performing arts, as well as Tai Chi and Yoga. The goal of the garden is to leave no stone unturned in our quest to "Bring Together People, Nature and Art."
Personal Experience: Several people had tipped me off about this place and I want to say Thank You! I had no clue this spot existed! It is similar to the San Diego Botanic Garden but a little more run down/unfinished. There are many areas that still seem like a work in progress, but that is okay because this place only costs $2 to visit after all. If you are a lover of nature, art and beauty, stop on by! These photos were all taken in mid December. I imagine it looks even prettier in Spring when everything is in bloom.
Anza Borrego Desert
Cuyamaca State Park