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2021

San Diego Botanic Garden’s Rare Corpse Flower Blooms on Halloween Night

Only a few of these unusual Indonesian flowers bloom each year at gardens across the world, and SDBG is the only known garden in San Diego that grows this exotic species

Encinitas, Calif. - (October 31, 2021) - The San Diego Botanic Garden (SDBG), a 37-acre urban oasis in north San Diego County, this afternoon announced its rare corpse flower is now in coming into full bloom on Halloween night. This flower only blooms every four or five years, and the fully opened bloom lasts just for 48 hours before it fades. The corpse flower plant is named after its foul-smelling scent, which fanatics have deemed the ‘smell of death.’

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San Diego Botanic Garden Prepares for Corpse Flower Bloom in Late October

Encinitas, California - (October 15, 2021) - San Diego Botanic Garden (SDBG) expects one of its corpse plants to bloom later this month, contributing to the anticipation for its Fall Festival , which starts Saturday, October 23, and runs through Halloween and Day of the Dead. The corpse plant’s common name comes from the smell of the flowers, a rancid carrion scent that attracts the carcass-eating insects that pollinate it.

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San Diego Botanic Garden Approved for Coastal Conservancy Grant to Enhance and Restore Ocean Knoll Canyon

The Garden leads restoration of the coastal native habitat, making it accessible for local schoolchildren and more resilient to climate change

Encinitas, California (October 5, 2021) – Last month, the California State Coastal Conservancy approved a grant of up to $200,000 to San Diego Botanic Garden (SDBG) to enhance and restore more than half of Ocean Knoll Canyon, an important section of the Cottonwood Creek Watershed in the City of Encinitas. The project’s 4.6 acres are adjacent to Ocean Knoll Elementary School of Encinitas Union School District (EUSD). The canyon is a multi-benefit ecosystem, serving as a refuge for native plants and animals – some of which are endangered – in addition to holding significant potential value for educational opportunities for thousands of children.

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San Diego Botanic Garden Premieres Fall Festival/Festival de Otoño

SDBG's Fall Festival connects visitors with harvest plants and autumn traditions from Halloween to Diá de los Muertos

Encinitas, Calif. (October 5, 2021) - The San Diego Botanic Garden (SDBG), a 37-acre urban oasis that applies plant wisdom with people, today announced its Fall Festival/Festival de Otoño Event, open to the public from Saturday, Oct. 23rd through Monday, Nov. 1. The festive seasonal exhibit connects visitors with harvest plants and autumn traditions, from pumpkins and scarecrows to Halloween and Day of the Dead. The inclusive event at the Garden decorates and celebrates the changing colors of nature and cooler temperatures in the air. Patrons can enjoy live music, themed craft stations, fall-themed classes and more.

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El Jardín Botánico de San Diego estrena el Festival de Otoño del 23 de Oct. Al 1ro de Nov.

El Festival de Otoño de SDBG conecta a sus visitantes con plantas de temporada y tradiciones de otoño, desde Halloween hasta el Día de los Muertos

Encinitas, Calif. (5 de octubre, 2021) – El Jardín Botánico de San Diego (SDBG, por sus siglas en inglés), un oasis urbano de 37 acres que aplica la sabiduría de las plantas con las personas, hoy anunció su Fall Festival/Festival de Otoño, que abrirá al público desde el sábado, 23 de octubre hasta el lunes, 1ro de noviembre. La exhibición festiva conectará a sus visitantes con plantas de temporada y tradiciones de otoño, desde calabazas y espantapájaros hasta Halloween y el Día de los Muertos. Este evento incluyente en el Jardín decora y celebra los colores cambiantes de la naturaleza y las temperaturas más frescas en el aire. Los visitantes podrán disfrutar música en vivo, estaciones temáticas de manualidades, clases sobre temas de otoño, y mucho más.

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New Augmented Reality Exhibition ‘Seeing the Invisible’ to Premiere at San Diego Botanic Garden September 24

Featuring AR Works by international artists and premiering simultaneously across the globe

Encinitas, Calif. (September 9, 2021) - The most ambitious and expansive exhibition to date of contemporary artworks created with augmented reality (AR) technology will premiere across 12 gardens in six countries simultaneously in September 2021, including the San Diego Botanic Garden (SDBG).

Seeing the Invisible features works by a dozen international artists such as Ai Weiwei, Refik Anadol, El Anatsui, Mohammed Kazem, Sigalit Landau, Sarah Meyohas, Pamela Rosenkranz, and Timur Si-Qin—including several artists’ first work in AR. Forging new links between botanical gardens located in diverse biomes around the globe, the exhibition fosters collaboration between institutions, artists, and audiences, highlighting the power of art to connect people around the world.

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San Diego Botanic Garden “World of Bromeliads” Exhibition Now Open

Six-week exhibition of plants in the bromeliad family now through Sunday, September 26th

Encinitas, California (August 24, 2021) - Plant lovers rejoice! With the rise in popularity of house plants, this San Diego Botanic Garden (SDBG) exhibition shows off one of the most popular plants, the bromeliad.

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County Celebrates San Diego Botanic Garden Day

April 24 Recognizes Garden's Environmental Stewardship

Encinitas, Calif. (April 21, 2021) - The County of San Diego will honor San Diego Botanic Garden (SDBG) on Saturday, April 24, for “outstanding service, leadership, and commitment to environmental stewardship” by celebrating “San Diego Botanic Garden Day” throughout the County. Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer will mark the occasion at 8:00 AM that day with a proclamation at the Garden approved by the County Board of Supervisors.

Among its recent achievements, SDBG’s world class plant conservation and education programs restored 15 acres of natural area bordering Encinitas’s Cottonwood Creek Park (more information available here); carried out 165 wild plant collections in San Diego County; educated over 1,000 local students through field trips and formal classroom support targeting underserved schools; collected more than 20,000 seeds from native endangered species for long-term conservation in seed banks; and supported genetic sequencing of nine of the 11 species in the ocotillo family, desert plant plants native to southern California and the surrounding region.

The County of San Diego reserves this honor to recognize organizations dedicated to the best ideals of public service. SDBG was also recently named the 2020 winner of the City of Encinitas Environmental Commission’s prestigious Environmental Award Program (EAP).

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San Diego Botanic Garden opens month-long World of Orchids show this weekend

Encinitas, Calif. (March 29, 2021) – San Diego Botanic Garden (SDBG) will host its first annual spring orchid showcase, World of Orchids, from Saturday, April 3 through Sunday, May 2. The exhibit, which kicks off Easter weekend, will be staged in the Garden’s state-of-the-art, 8,000 square foot, glass-enclosed facility – the Dickinson Family Education Conservatory – which opened last year as a $6.5 million addition to the lush, 37-acre urban oasis.

“The orchids at San Diego Botanic Garden have beauty and grace that will knock your socks off,” said SDBG President and CEO, Ari Novy, PhD. “There’s nothing better than a bright spring day among the orchids.”

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San Diego Botanic Garden wins Environmental Award

Encinitas, Calif. (March 23, 2021) - San Diego Botanic Garden (SDBG) is honored to be named a 2020 winner of the City of Encinitas Environmental Commission’s prestigious Environmental Award Program (EAP). The City of Encinitas recognized SDBG for its Excellence in Environmental Stewardship among non-profit organizations, noting that the Garden is “the preeminent plant conservation institute in the region, and one of the most important botanic gardens in the country.”

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Wild and Beautiful: Artist Alliance Sculpture Exhibit at San Diego Botanic Garden

February 16 – August 1

It is with great pleasure that San Diego Botanic Garden, in partnership with Oceanside Museum of Art Artist Alliance, presents the Wild and Beautiful sculpture exhibition. SDBG has developed a longstanding tradition of exhibiting sculptures within their lush 37-acre urban oasis that, in keeping with the times, continues on a moderated scale for 2021.

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2020

San Diego Botanic Garden Reopens Popular Children's Gardens

Hamilton Children’s Garden, Seeds of Wonder and the new Junior Quail Trail now open for children of all ages to enjoy

Encinitas, Calif. (October 14, 2021) - San Diego Botanic Garden’s popular children’s play areas Hamilton Children’s Garden, Seeds of Wonder and the Garden’s new Junior Quail Trail, an interactive children’s nature experience, are NOW OPEN for SDBG members as well as the general public to enjoy.

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Garden-to-Table Dining Experiences Offer a New Twist on Fundraising

Unique Stay at Home Dining Experiences benefit San Diego Botanic Garden and Three Local Eateries

This year, San Diego Botanic Garden has put a whole new spin on its annual fall fundraising event. Since the annual Gala in the Garden cannot be held inside the 37-acre urban oasis this year due to the pandemic, the Garden is bringing some fresh flavors – with the help of some incredible local chefs – to anyone who would like to support not only the Garden, but also three local eateries!

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San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas Open on Labor Day

Make your reservations TODAY for the upcoming holiday weekend at SDBGarden.org! Garden is open from 10 am – 5 pm on Labor Day

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San Diego Botanic Garden Opens to General Public on Wednesday, June 3

Both SDBG Members & General Public Can Now Register Online to Begin Visiting the Garden

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2019

Dickinson Family Education Conservatory Unveiled This Holiday Season!

Botanic Wonderland guests will get first glimpse of this incredible greenhouse-like structure housing rare & unusual tropical plants

This holiday season, San Diego Botanic Garden is proud to unveil its newest visitor attraction – the Dickinson Family Education Conservatory!

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To Save Biodiversity and Feed the Future, First Cure “Plant Blindness”

Vanishing animals command headlines but declining plant diversity also imperils humans. Researchers and educators explain how curing “plant blindness” is essential to saving biodiversity and ourselves. Food plants are a great place to dig in.

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San Diego Botanic Garden Named one of Top 10 Botanic Gardens In North America by USA TODAY

Winner of 10Best Reader’s Choice Travel Award Contest for Best Botanical Garden in 2019!

San Diego Botanic Garden is proud to be one of the Top 10 botanical gardens in North America named by USA TODAY 10 Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards!

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Unearthly-looking Sapphire Tower (Puya alpestris)

Now In Bloom at San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas

This South American wonder will continue to flower for several weeks. Characterized by unearthly, metallic-looking, deep turquoise blooms, that are punctuated by bright orange anthers, the Puya alpestris, commonly known as the Sapphire Tower, looks like nothing else in the plant world.

This striking flower that often causes visitors to say ‘Is this REAL?’ is now in bloom at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas. A native plant of South America, this Chilean species is a member of the pineapple family, with flowers measuring 2” across with a number of them blooming up an 18” spike (or tower) over a 2-3 week time frame.

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