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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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10% for Basic-level memberships
20% for Patron-level and above memberships
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Summer is in full bloom in the Garden’s Plant Shop!

This popular nursery offers a beautiful variety of blooming plants, unique succulent wreaths and potted succulent arrangements. All make perfect gifts to give or keep for yourself and your garden!

Look for a nice variety of drought-tolerant plants, including California natives such as Galvezias, several varieties of Ceanothus and numerous varieties of Salvias.While visiting, check out our broad selection of perennials that attract butterflies and hummingbirds. These are a must for California gardens!

Want to try something new or different? See our ‘Grown in the Garden’ section. Our volunteers and garden staff have propagated many of these unusual plants!
And, of course, our Gift Shop is brimming with summer accessories and garden-themed treasures. You will find unique items to enhance summer fun for you and your garden!


Too Big To Loose

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 Sam’s website – www.toobigtolose.com. 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


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.