San Diego Botanic Garden

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United States of America - California - Encinitas

Institution Code: QUAIL

International Agenda Registration: Yes

BGCI Member: Yes

Victorian Gazebo and Lawn Border
Victorian Gazebo and Lawn Border

About the San Diego Botanic Garden

The mission of the San Diego Botanic Garden is to inspire people of all ages to connect with plants and nature.

Main Address:
San Diego Botanic Garden
230 Quail Gardens Drive
P.O. Box 230005
California 92023-0005 United States of America

Telephone: (760) 436-3036 x202
Fax: (760) 632-0917
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Dr. Ari Novy, President/CEO
    Curator's Name: Tony Gurnoe, Director of Horticulture
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Jeremy Bugarchich, Curator of Collections
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 8
    Educational Staff Number: 4
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number: 5

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: Yes
    Status: State: No
    Status: Educational: No
    Status: Municipal: No
    Status: Satellite: No
    Status: Trust: No
  • Date founded: 1961
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 4 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 11 Hectares
  • Total Area: 15 Hectares
    Latitude: 33.0507749
    Longitude: -117.2791450
    Annual Rainfall: 250 mm
    Altitude: 75.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 300 Metres
    Total area of shadehouses: 400 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: No
    Arboretum: No
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: No
    Published Plant Catalogue: No
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 230000
    Number of Volunteers: 200

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 4500
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 3200
  • Special Collections:Agavaceae (154 taxa), genus Agave (100 taxa)
    genus Aloe (209 taxa, 179 species)
    Arecaceae (178 taxa)
    Cycads: Cycadaceae (33 taxa), Stangeriaceae (1 taxon),
    Zamiaceae (187 taxa, 134 species)
    Poaceae (149 taxa)
    Bamboo (26 genera, 112 taxa, 93 species)

Conservation Programmes

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

Research Programmes

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

Education Programmes

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