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Top 5 Gardens in San Diego

Top 5 Public Gardens in San Diego

San Diego is known for having some of the best weather in the world.  We have a climate that can grow desert plants all the way to sub-tropical.  We are so blessed!  There are many beautiful gardens to explore in our city, but a good handful are in private homes that are only occasionally open to the public for tours.

I would like to share with you my Top 5 gardens to visit in San Diego that are regularly open to the public to explore. I hope you have a wonderful and colorful adventure at each and every one of these magical spots!

 

1. San Diego Botanic Garden

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 micro-climates giving the visitor a sensation of going from a desert environment to a tropical rainforest, all within 37 acres.

Explore four miles of garden trails, enjoy restful vistas, flowering trees, majestic palms, and the nation’s largest bamboo collection at the San Diego Botanic Garden.

2. Water Conservation Garden

 I love this place so much!  Besides being free, there is so much to do and see here while being deeply inspiring on how we can be more conservative with water.  I love gardens and being around plant-life in general.  This place is such a pleasant stroll and perfect for the entire family!  There is something so healing about going to places like this.

Explore El Cajon's 5 acre Water Conservation garden, free to the public! Roam around the different sections while educating yourself.

 

3. Alta Vista Garden

The Alta Vista Gardens is an interactive botanical garden that uses up-to-date technology in an interactive atmosphere. This is 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.

Visit the Alta Vista Gardens in Vista. This is one of San Diego's largest and cheapest botanical gardens!Alta Vista Gardens

4. Balboa Desert & Rose Garden

This is a historic garden that was created under the supervision of Kate Sessions in 1935 for the California Pacific International Exposition. Some of the largest cactus and succulent varieties can be found here. It is rumored that Dr. Seuss was inspired by the plants grown here and used these inspirations for the plants illustrated in his books.

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5. Hermitage Self-Realization Garden

Paramahansa Yogananda founded Self-Realization Fellowship in 1920 to disseminate his teachings worldwide and to preserve their purity and integrity for generations to come. The society is dedicated to carrying on Paramahansa Yogananda’s spiritual and humanitarian work – fostering a spirit of greater harmony and goodwill among those of all races, cultures, and creeds; and introducing to truth-seekers all over the world his teachings on the ancient science of Yoga and its time-honored methods of meditation.

Visit the Hermitage Self-Realization Gardens, one of San Diego's most peaceful meditation gardensVisit the Hermitage Self-Realization Gardens, one of San Diego's most peaceful meditation gardens

 

Some other great gardens to visit for good measure:

Harper's Topiary Garden

Exotica Rare Fruit Farm

Summers Past Farms

Balboa Botanical Building

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