The Garden Shops

Hours: 10 am – 4 pm
Open 7 days a week
(Closed on Christmas Day)

760/ 436-3036 x208

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Who’s ready for Spring? It’s the season for new beginnings, planning and planting. Let’s get started!

New in the Plant Shop is a special section featuring “Garden Grown” plants. These plants are typically found here on the grounds and are propagated by our nursery volunteers and staff.

Look for rare gems like Cabbage on a Stick (Brighamia insignis) and our signature plant Dragon Tree (Dracaena draco). We also have a good selection of seedling cycads, unusual succulents and Hawaiian native plants.

As featured in the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Gift Shop carries a line of Womanswork products that are designed by women for women. Their popular gardening gloves are not only great looking, but hardworking. And for apres gardening, their skin care products are a treat for the body and soul.

Need some inspiration, a bit of guidance? Whether it’s a native landscape you’re dreaming of, a unique succulent garden you desire, homegrown vegetables you want, or botanical crafts you want to give a try, the Gift Shop has you covered with books by and for Southern California gardeners. So, get creative. We’ll be looking forward to seeing you at the Garden Shops!


Sam's book

Did you know that SDBG is the proud owner of a 500-pound Galapagos tortoise named Sam? Read Sam’s story, “Too Big To Lose,” in a beautifully illustrated book for children of all ages. This charming book, written by Leslie Duval and illustrated by Ruth Todd Evans, is available in the SDBG Garden Shops and on Samís website Ė Remember, proceeds will be shared with the SDBG to help care for Sam, who might live another 100 years, so get ready to stock up on the best gift ever!

Sam is not on display in the Garden but is available
for pre arranged visits by persons with special needs. 

Visit Sam's Page Click Here

Gift Shop

Our gift shop merchandise reflects our beautiful botanic setting. Some items you can find in our gift shop include:

The Garden Shops
  • Home and garden décor

  • Jewelry and art (prominently featuring the
    work of local artists)

  • Cork handbags and fashion accessories

  • Hand-crafted bird houses

  • Fun and educational games, toys and books
    for children

  • Books of interest to plant lovers, home gardeners, horticulturalists and birders

  • Handmade note cards

  • Bamboo poles and walking sticks

  • Collectabells

  • Clothing, caps, mugs and more to remember your visit to the Garden

Plant Shop

Many of the plants in the Garden’s Plant Shop are propagated by volunteers or purchased from local specialty growers. Our inventory is constantly changing and often includes ornamental plants for the home and garden including:

  • California native plants
  • Cork oaks
  • Dragon trees
  • Topiaries
  • Container gardens
  • Succulents
  • Succulent wreaths hand-made by Garden volunteers