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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and above memberships

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Fall is prime planting time so check out the Garden Shops’ California natives, as well as other water-thrifty plants in our plant area and imagine the possibilities in your own garden. Considering a Winter vegetable garden and need some guidance or ideas?  We  have books that plant lovers of any ability will enjoy, from novice home gardeners to horticulturists.

The holiday season will soon be upon us and the Garden Shops are preparing to have just the right gift for everyone on your holiday gift-giving list.  Decorate your home with unique items that will beautify as well as inspire. 

Look for special deals on our Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram and be among the first to know what’s new in the Garden Shops. Stop by and see all the nature-inspired items for your home and garden that you will find here year-round.


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