The Garden Shops

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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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The holidays are the best time of year to take advantage of your membership discount benefits at the Garden Shops. With cooler days and longer nights, it’s the perfect time to refresh your garden plantings. Be sure to browse the Shops’ unique, garden-inspired gifts and excellent selection of nursery plants, succulent wreaths, topiary and mixed succulent

Don’t miss out on our terrific Thanksgiving Day book sale! Buy one book at full price and receive a 40% discount on a second book of an equal or lesser price.

If you’d like to learn more about the history of the Kumeyaay and other tribes of San Diego County, we recommend: “Strangers in a Stolen Land” by Richard Carrico who tells the story of the native peoples of San Diego County from 1850 through the 1930’s; and “Native American Medicinal Plants” by anthropologist Daniel E. Moerman who describes the medicinal uses of more than 2700 plants. Both are available at the Garden Shops.





Finally, the true story of the founders of
San Diego Botanic Garden is revealed.

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.

Download More Information Click Here.


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