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The Garden Shops


Regular Hours: 10 am – 4 pm
Open 7 days a week (Closed on Christmas Day)

Extended Garden Summer Hours!
Thursdays, Now – August 29: 10 am – 6 pm

Please note: On July 4th the Garden will close at 5 pm.

760/ 436-3036 x208

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10% for Basic-level memberships
20% for Patron-level and above memberships
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Spring is in the air at The Garden Shops! With every gardener’s mind focused on planting, we are pleased to offer a colorful assortment of plants to enhance your garden, yard or outdoor space – no matter how large or small.

Come on in and check out our collection of perennials, succulents and interesting rare and unusual ‘Grown in the Garden’ selections. Be on the lookout for several varieties of edibles and our ornamental Passion Vines, whose exotic blooms add a beautiful pop to any outdoor fencing or wall space.

Speaking of brightening up your garden, check out the colorful Talvera pottery from Mexico planted with long-lasting succulents now on sale to adorn your sun-drenched patio.

If you would really like to take home a beautiful piece of the Garden, may we suggest a Bamboo Wind Chime.

This functional and fabulous large-scale, linear 5-chime ornamental piece was created by Tom Rankin and Vincent Fox, both artists and SDBG volunteers, and is made from bamboo grown and harvested right here in the Garden.


Too Big To Lose

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.