Docent Program

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Click Here for SDBG Docent Cumulative Index
and Docent Bloom Board
Information and links.

Become a Docent!
New Classes Begin in January 2016

Twenty-three new docents have graduated from our educational training program so far over the past year, and we’d love to add even more in 2016!

Sign up today for our next docent class series beginning in late January 2016 and learn how you can ‘toil in the soil,’ become a tour guide, serve as a gift shop or Welcome Center volunteer, or chat with members and guests during special events. We have 10 great instructors who love to share their expertise during these classes, as well as a dedicated Garden staff, who all help make this program a

Contact Linda Stewart at 858/ 488-8234 or for more information.

Cost: $50 for 8 classes held bi-weekly from 9:30 am – 1 pm. Pre-requisites are required.

2015 Classes take place in the morning at SDBG on the following dates:

October 8 Mediterranean Climate Gardens
October 22 Trees in the Garden and the Herb Garden
November 5 Bamboo and Tropical Fruit Garden
November 19 California Natives and Firescapes
December 3 Succulents
December 17 Palms and Cycads

2016 Classes take place in the morning at SDBG on the following dates:

January 28
February 11
February 25
March 10
March 24
April 14
April 28
May 5

Space is limited, so start today by calling 760/ 436-3036 x206 to add your name to the roster.
For more specific information, contact Docent Training Coordinator Linda Stewart at
or 858/ 488-8234.

Cost: $50 fee for 8 classes. Pre-requisites prior to enrollment required.

About San Diego Botanic Garden
The San Diego Botanic Garden is a beautiful garden oasis nestled on 37-acres in the midst of Encinitas. Visitors enjoy restful vistas, flowering trees, majestic palms, and the nation’s largest bamboo collection. Thanks to our mild Southern California climate, plants from all over the world thrive here. Our diverse topography provides a wide variety of microclimates giving visitors the sensation of strolling through a tropical rainforest to hiking in the high-desert. Four miles of trails wind through 29 uniquely themed gardens including the nationally-acclaimed Hamilton Children’s Garden.

Requirements to become a San Diego Botanic Garden Docent:

  • Become a member of the Garden. This must be continued while you are an active docent
  • Complete all 8 docent classes
  • Attend a volunteer orientation meeting. For information about the next volunteer orientation meeting click here
  • Volunteer 80 hours prior to receiving Docent status
  • Orientation in: Admissions and the Garden Shops
  • Volunteer for one Special Event
  • Volunteer at any Saturday Garden Beautification or Wednesday Special Work Party
  • Ten (10) hours of volunteer time must be completed before starting the first docent class
  • Have a completed background check and volunteer application on file

Docent Meetings — Everyone Welcome

First Wednesday of the Month
9:30 am – 12 pm * Arrive at 11 am for the program
Business meeting 9:30-10:30
Speaker 11-12

November 4: Please note that our annual potluck lunch will be held in November instead of December. In addition to the potluck, member arts and crafts will be for sale. Perfect for holiday gifts!

December 2: Come enjoy and take home ideas from our festive program that features holiday decorations. Presenters will bring an assortment of natural materials from gardens and demonstrate how to make the decorations and arrangements