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2018

October 25, 2018
San Diego Botanic Garden’s Annual Gift to the San Diego Community
Garden of Lights
December 1 – 23 and 26 – 30 . 5 –8:30 pm

After the sun goes down in December, the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland – Southern California Style! More than 125,000 sparkling lights illuminate the flora of this fantastic 37-acre urban oasis each evening from 5 – 9 pm for a magical holiday experience.
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October 16, 2018
Dr. Ari Novy Begins New Role TODAY as New President & CEO of San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas

San Diego Botanic Garden is pleased to announce that Ari Novy, Ph.D. formerly Chief Scientist at Leichtag Foundation in Encinitas, CA and Executive Director of the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, DC, began his new role as the President & CEO of San Diego Botanic Garden (SDBG) today.
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October 8, 2018
San Diego Botanic Garden Fall Plant Sale
For 36 Years, the largest plant and garden-related items sale in San Diego!

Featuring a wide variety of unique, exotic and unusual plants you won’t find anywhere else! Including beautiful water-wise plants to enhance your garden and save on your water bill.

At San Diego Botanic Garden’s Annual Fall Plant Sale, plant lovers can choose from thousands of unique, exotic, unusual and drought-tolerant plants, as well as California natives, herbs, succulents, annuals, perennials and SO much more!

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September 27, 2018
October 2018 Events & Classes
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September 18, 2018
MARINES VOLUNTEER TO HELP RELOCATE
LARGE & ENDANGERED PLANTS TO ENHANCE EXHIBIT & GUEST EXPERIENCE AT SD BOTANIC GARDEN

Camp Pendleton’s Single Marine Program Volunteers Assist the Garden
(and other Non-Profits) While Building Key Community Relationships

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 8 AM
SAN DIEGO BOTANIC GARDEN MADAGASCAR GARDEN

The United States Marines not only protect and serve our country, they also assist and serve in our local community!

This Thursday, from 8 am – 3 pm, U.S. Marines assisting with the Single Marine Program at Camp Pendleton, will be volunteering at San Diego Botanic Garden. These Marines will be working alongside the Garden’s Horticulture Team to relocate four large cycads to their new permanent home next to our forthcoming Dickinson Family Education Conservatory, that is currently under construction adjacent to our Hamilton Children’s Garden. Read More

 

August 6, 2018
Become a Docent at San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas
Classes begin Thursday, Sept. 20
9:30 am – 1 pm
 
Gain in-depth knowledge about the unique collection of plants at this 37-acre botanic wonderland. Meet others who share your interest in the natural world, while learning from experts in a variety of specialties. Experience the satisfaction and personal accomplishment that comes from making a commitment to such a stimulating and worthwhile organization.

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August 1, 2018
Former Executive Director of U.S. Botanic Garden Ari Novy Named as New President & CEO of San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas

SDBG Board of Directors select Novy to lead the Garden succeeding
Julian Duval who will be retiring after 24-year tenure in January 2019

San Diego Botanic Garden is pleased to announce that Dr. Ari Novy, currently Chief Scientist at Leichtag Foundation and former Executive Director of the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, DC, has been selected by SDBG’s Board of Directors as the new President & CEO.

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July 9, 2018
19th Annual Gala in the Garden: Inspiring the Nature within Us
Honoring Julian Duval, president/CEO for his 24-year tenure at SDBG
Saturday, September 8 . 5 pm – 11 pm

You are invited to join Garden supporters and community and business leaders at the San Diego Botanic Garden’s (SDBG) 19th annual Gala in the Garden on Saturday, September 8 from 5 -11 p.m. This year’s theme is Inspiring the Nature within Us.
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July 3, 2018
Insect Festival
Saturday & Sunday, July 21 & 22
9 am – 5 pm

Aspiring entomologists are invited to San Diego Botanic Garden’s Insect Festival on Saturday and Sunday, July 21 – 22 from 9 am – 5 pm. This one-of-a-kind festival is sure to intrigue bug-devotees of all ages. The event features thousands of fascinating creepy-crawlies, including live lizards, snakes and the famous Madagascar hissing cockroaches!
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June 28, 2018
San Diego Botanic Garden
July 2018 Events & Classes

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June 19, 2018
San Diego Botanic Garden’s Annual Gift to the San Diego Community
Garden of Lights
December 1 – 23 and 26 – 30 . 5 –9 pm
(Activities end at 8:30 pm – Garden remains open until 9 pm)

After the sun goes down in December, the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland – Southern California Style! More than 125,000 sparkling lights illuminate the flora of this fantastic 37-acre urban oasis each evening from 5 – 9 pm for a magical holiday experience.
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June 14, 2018
San Diego Botanic Garden’s Fairy Festival
Saturday, June 23, 10 am – 4 pm

Calling all Fairy Prince and Princesses! Children (and parents) are invited to celebrate summer at the annual Fairy Festival at San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas on Saturday, June 23 from 10 am – 4 pm.
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May 15, 2018
Oldest Tree in San Diego Botanic Garden
Now Becoming a New Attraction
Eucalyptus cladocalyx, planted 100 years ago on Garden grounds,
now being repurposed into an iconic new sculpture
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April 13, 2018
Chocolate Festival at San Diego Botanic Garden

Saturday, May 12
9 am – 4:30 pm

Chocolate Lovers Unite! If you have never met a chocolate that you didn’t like, this is your day!

Don’t miss San Diego Botanic Garden’s annual Chocolate Festival on Saturday, May 12 from 9 am – 4:30 pm. Your taste buds will thank you when savoring the many varieties of goodies created by nearly a dozen chocolate artisans.

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March 29, 2018
Active Duty U.S. Military Personnel and Families 
Admitted FREE to San Diego Botanic Garden
May 1, 2018 through Labor Day, September 3, 2018

The San Diego Botanic Garden is proud to participate in the Blue Star Museum program, offering free admission to all active duty, National Guard and Reserve members of the U.S. military and their families (card carrier plus 5 immediate family members). As our way of saying ‘thank you’ to the brave men and women of the U.S. Military, the Garden will begin our Blue Star program on May 1st – more than 3 weeks ahead of other Blue Star Museum participants!

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March 26, 2018
ArtFest at San Diego Botanic Garden Featuring fine art & Asian art
Saturday & Sunday, April 7 & 8 9 am – 5 pm
 
ArtFest at the Garden features some of the finest regional artists displaying their talents with the beautiful San Diego Botanic Garden as a back drop. Our fine arts show features more than 20 artists displaying and selling their work at amazing prices just for Garden guests. Many of these fantastic sculptors, painters, glass artists, potters, gourd and fiber artists who participate in ArtFest will also provide interesting demonstrations of their craft.

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March 2, 2018
Spring Planting Jubilee & Tomato Sale at San Diego Botanic Garden
Featuring locally-sourced vegetables, herbs and more from Diane’s HerbsSaturday & Sunday, March 17 & 18 9 am – 5 pm
 
With Special Appearance by Sam, the Giant Galapagos Tortoise
10 am – 1 pm both days
It’s March planting madness at our Spring Planting Jubilee & Tomato Sale! This event is a plant lover’s dream with a wide variety of herbs, spring plants, orchids, bromeliads, garden art and implements available as well as all new locally-sourced and grown Summer Garden vegetable extravaganza offered by Diane’s Herbs. The sale will feature a wide variety of tomatoes, vegetables, seeds, cut flowers and annuals. Garden experts will be on hand to answer questions and provide helpful advice on spring plantings and caring for your entire garden.

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February 15, 2018
MEDIA ADVISORY:
GLASS EXTERIOR PANELS FOR DICKINSON FAMILY EDUCATION CONSERVATORY CURRENTLY BEING INSTALLED AT
SAN DIEGO BOTANIC GARDEN

DATE: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22
TIME: 11 AM – 12 PM
PLACE: Hamilton Children’s Garden 300 Quail Gardens Drive
Encinitas, CA 92024
Construction on the Dickinson Family Education Conservatory continues this week with the installation of glass exterior panels to the frame of the building.
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February 15, 2018
The "5K Paw Walk in the Garden. "The 6th time EVER you can take your dog. There’s only one day of the year when you can take your dog into the San Diego Botanic Garden and it’s coming up soon. The Sixth annual “5K Paw Walk in the Garden” will take place on Saturday, February 17, 2018 from 8 to 11 AM. Your Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) and the San Diego Botanic Garden (SDBG) will join paws to raise funds that support people, plants, and pets.

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January 30, 2018

San Diego Botanic Garden
February 2018 Events, Classes & Volunteer Orientation
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2017

December 26, 2017

San Diego Botanic Garden

January 2018 Events, Classes & Docent Training

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November 7, 2017
Garden Tapestries
Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Center, Giza, Egypt

At San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas
January 8, 2017 – March 31, 2018

For the second successive year, the garden-themed tapestries from the Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Centre in Egypt will be on display at a prominent public garden, the San Diego Botanic Garden located in Encinitas. The Egyptian artists vividly celebrate the flowers of the desert, villages and Nile River in their work – many
of which can be seen January 8 – March 31, 2018 from 9 am – 5 pm at the
San Diego Botanic Garden.

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November 1, 2017
San Diego Botanic Garden’s Annual Gift to the San Diego Community
Garden of Lights
December 2 – 23 and 26 – 30 5 –9 pm

After the sun goes down in December, the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland – Southern California Style! More than 125,000 sparkling lights illuminate the flora of this fantastic 37-acre urban oasis each evening from 5 – 9 pm for a magical holiday experience.
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October 5, 2017
San Diego Botanic Garden Fall Plant Sale
For 35 Years, the largest plant and garden-related items sale in San Diego!
Featuring a wide variety of unique, exotic and unusual plants you won’t find anywhere else!

Including beautiful water-wise plants to enhance your garden and save on your water bill.

Saturday & Sunday, October 21& 22 10 am – 4 pm

Monday, October 23 9 am – 12 pm
All remaining plant stock goes on sale for ½ price

At San Diego Botanic Garden’s Annual Fall Plant Sale, plant lovers can choose from thousands of unique, exotic, unusual and drought-tolerant plants, as well as California natives, herbs, succulents, annuals, perennials and SO much more!
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October 5, 2017
Cactus and Succulent Show and Sale
At the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas
Saturday, October 28 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday, October 29 10 am – 3 pm

The Palomar Cactus and Succulent Society will hold its annual plant Show and Sale at the San Diego Botanic Garden on the fourth weekend in October. See spectacular Succulent specimens from around the world. One Stop Shop with a great variety of plants for the novice or collector, as well as handmade ceramic pots, driftwood planters, etc. will be for sale both days. 
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October 1, 2017
Orchid Clinic at San Diego Botanic Garden
Featuring four great education sessions on how to select, grow and care for your orchids!
Saturday, October 7 10 am – 3 pm

The most highly coveted of ornamental plants, the orchid, takes center stage at San Diego Botanic Garden’s Orchid Clinic on Saturday, Oct. 7st from 10 am – 3 pm. Learn how to select, grow and care for your orchids from local, expert orchid growers who will impart valuable and easy-to-use information. Local orchid vendors will be on hand selling orchids and also available to answer your questions. 
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September 21, 2017

Our SECOND Deathly-smelling Corpse Flower
NOW BLOOMING at
San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas

Thanks to the generosity of CSU Fullerton, we have another
stinky wonder that is in bloom TODAY – come see it before it’s gone!!

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September 21, 2017
Our SECOND Deathly-smelling Corpse Flower 
NOW BLOOMING at 
San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas

Thanks to the generosity of CSU Fullerton, we have another 
stinky wonder that is in bloom TODAY – come see it before it’s gone!!
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September 13, 2017
18th Annual Gala in the Garden: A Night in Nature 
Record amount raised to fund the new Dickinson Family Education Conservatory

A record 600 guests attended San Diego Botanic Garden’s annual Gala in the Garden last Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 5 – 10 pm, dubbed A Night in Nature.

Generous friends of the Garden donated more than $300,000 towards the fund-a-need in support of the Dickinson Family Education Conservatory. This new facility, located just north of the Hamilton Children’s Garden is now under construction and opening in 2018. The funds raised virtually completed the $5.3M campaign while setting a record for funds raised at any prior gala! This amount does not include underwriting support from sponsors, ticket sales and silent auction proceeds that amounted to $200K in additional revenue raised to help cover event costs. 
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