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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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10% for Basic-level memberships
20% for Patron-level and above memberships
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This winter season, our Gift Shop is bursting with lovely new additions! We have expanded our unique accessories from new and favored vendors. Stop by and explore the Garden’s offering of classic, yet fun, jewelry and handbags!

This season, we are featuring Spicer Bags - durable textile bags including colorful cork purses, duffle bags, wallets, luggage tags and pouches. Complementing our Cork collection, we continue our SDBG classic line of designer cork handbags, wallets, jewelry and accessories which are Vegan and Eco-Friendly – all from Corx. And our jewelry selection has blossomed with Lula ‘n’ Lee, a collection of jewelry made with mixed metals combined with turquoise, pearls and gemstones.


Plant Shop

Our Plant Shop is thriving with winter-happy plants! We are favoring those plants which grow best during the cooler, wetter weather. These include winter-growing African Aloes, Aeoniums from the Canary Islands and South American flowering shrubs. Some of the most collectible succulents are winter growers, so we also have bonsai or specimen-worthy plants throughout the winter.




Sowing Seeds of Wonder:
The Stories of Ruth and Charles Larabee, and the Origins of San Diego Botanic Garden
, by Sally Sandler.

200-page book features 60 pages of pictures,including vintage historical photos and current views of the Garden.

At just $10, it’s a perfect gift or souvenir from your visit. When purchased at The Garden Shops, proceeds benefit San Diego Botanic Garden.

Sam's book




Too Big To Loose

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 Sam’s website – www.toobigtolose.com. 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