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Tours for Adults


Self-Guided Tour
The printable material below may be used for a self-guided tour. The map marks a recommended route with numbers that correspond to pictures and plant facts given in an additional down-loadable file. To book a self-guided tour please complete this form (Tour Request Form) and submit to CClayton@SDBGarden.org

Tour Map

Download 11 x 17 Printable Map

Download the 33 page PDF File
Tour Guide with Facts and Photographs

High Resolution 31MB
Low Resolution 4 MB

Guided Tours for Adults
Saturday Morning General Tour for Individual Visitors
Docent guided general tours are offered every Saturday for individual visitors. Tours depart from the Visitor Center/Gift Shop at 10:30 am and do not require a reservation. Free with admission to the Garden or membership.

Guided General Tour for Groups
If this is your first visit to the Garden we recommend a general tour. The San Diego Botanic Garden is a beautiful urban retreat 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 – nearly 4,000 different species! Our diverse topography provides a wide variety of microclimates giving visitors the sensation of strolling through a tropical rainforest to hiking in the desert. Four miles of trails wind through 29 uniquely themed gardens including our acclaimed Hamilton Children’s Garden.
Click here to see the Garden List

Guided Water Wise Tour for Groups
San Diego Botanic Garden gives a special tour featuring water wise plants in the gardens. Yes, we have cactus and desert gardens; but if that isn’t your style, we have lots of other opportunities to save water. Learn about beautiful plants from around the world that will work in your garden and require less water, including plants from the Mediterranean basin, Cape South Africa, Australia, and Chile; plus our own California natives which are easy to grow in our climate with minimal care. You can see the plants at their mature growth and also learn how to use them effectively with other plants. There are so many alternatives to using large amounts of water in the garden. Come see our gardens and take home lots of tips for conserving water in your own garden.

Adult Group Tour Reservation
Please complete this form (Tour Request Form) and submit to CClayton@SDBGarden.org as instructed.

For any questions please call or e-mail Caren Clayton our Education Coordinator for availability and details; CClayton@SDBGarden.org or
760/ 436-3036 x204