Alta Vista Gardens

Search again Edit this page
United States of America - California - Vista

Institution Code:

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: No

About the Alta Vista Gardens

Alta Vista Botanical Gardens harmoniously incorporates education, nature and art.

Alta Vista Gardens has developed a new standard for botanical gardens. While holding true to traditional scientific approach to botanical gardens, and providing an interactive, living classroom for North San Diego County students, the gardens take a new approach to creating a completely new interpretation of what a botanical garden can become. As the gardens have continued to be developed, plant enthusiasts have been thrilled at the wide variety of rare, beautiful and remarkable plants which are showcased in the gardens. For everyone else in the community, there are equally compelling reasons to come to the gardens.

Rather than taking the conventional approach of creating just another living plant museum, this garden has become a gathering place for the community. One key attraction of the garden is the integration of art throughout the project, giving artists a magnificent showcase to display their talents. From garden art to sculptures, to walkways and walls created by some of the area’s most talented artisans are on display. Along the trail systems, throughout the garden, are multipurpose platforms, which act as way stations for visitors. These platforms eventually will play host to a multitude of events in the garden, such as fine art shows, culinary events, the performing arts, as well as Tai Chi and Yoga. The goal of the garden is to leave no stone unturned in our quest to "Bring Together People, Nature and Art".

Main Address:
Alta Vista Gardens
1270 Vale Terrace Drive
Mailing: c/o Recreation & Community Services, 200 Civic Center Drive
California 92084 United States of America

Telephone: (760) 945-3954
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Bryan Morse, President/CEO
    Curator's Name: Bryan Morse
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Lois Walag
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 5
    Educational Staff Number: 4
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number: 4

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: No
    Status: State: No
    Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Municipal: No
    Status: Satellite: No
    Status: Trust: No
  • Date founded: 2000
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 2 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 3 Hectares
  • Total Area: 6 Hectares
    Latitude: 33.2102770
    Longitude: -117.2197600
    Annual Rainfall: 14 mm
    Altitude: 189.00 Metres
    Total area of shadehouses: 900 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Alta Vista Botanical Gardens
  • Local Address: 1270 Vale Terrace Drive
  • Locality: City: Vista
  • Locality: State: California

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 250
    Arboretum: No
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: No
    Published Plant Catalogue: No
    Computer Plant Record System: No
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: No
    Retail Outlet: Shop: No
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 14100
    Number of Volunteers: 160

Plant Collections

  • Special Collections:Antique Rose Collection
    Cycad Collection
    Tropical Fruit Trees Collection
    Culinary Herb Collection
    California Natives Collection
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: No
    ABS Policy: No
    Plant Collection Policy: No

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Medicinal Plant Programme: Yes
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: No
    Reintroduction Programme: Yes

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: No
    Plant Breeding: Yes
    Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Conservation - Genetics: No
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: No
    Ecology: Yes
    Ecosystem Conservation: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Ethnobotany: No
    Exploration: No
    Floristics: No
    Horticulture: Yes
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: Yes
    Molecular Genetics: No
    Pollination Biology: Yes
    Restoration Ecology: Yes
    Seed/Spore Biology: Yes
    Systematics and Taxonomy: No
    Sustainability: Yes
    Pharmacology: No
    Agriculture: Yes
    Land Restoration: Yes
    Urban Environments: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: No
    Courses for School Children: Yes
    Courses for University/College Students: No
    Courses for General Public: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes