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Become a Docent at San Diego Botanic Garden

Encinitas CA— Gain in-depth knowledge about the unique collection of plants at this 37-acre botanic wonderland. Meet others who share your interest in the natural world, while learning from experts in a variety of specialties. Experience the satisfaction and personal accomplishment that comes from joining such a stimulating and worthwhile organization, right in the heart of Encinitas.

Docent activities include planning and working on special events, volunteering in garden beautification, and helping the Garden run smoothly. Docents are also encouraged (but not required) to lead garden tours. To each of these activities docents bring valuable leadership made possible through this specialized training.

Classes take place in the morning at San Diego Botanic Garden on the following dates:

  • January 28                             Orientation to Docent Program
  • February 11                           Botany Boot camp
  • February 25                           Trees in the Garden and the Herb Garden
  • March 10                                Succulents
  • March 24                                Mediterranean Climate Gardens
  • April 14                                  Bamboo and Tropical Plants
  • April 28                                  CA Natives & Firescapes
  • May 5                                      Palms and Cycads

Space is limited, so register today by contacting Operations Administrative Assistant Kristina Metzger at or 760-436-3036 x206 to add your name to the roster. For more specific information, contact Docent Training Coordinator Linda Stewart at or 858-488-8234.

Cost: $50 fee for 8 classes. Pre-requisites prior to enrollment required.

About San Diego Botanic Garden

The San Diego Botanic Garden is a beautiful urban retreat nestled on 37-acres in the midst of Encinitas. Visitors enjoy restful vistas, flowering trees, majestic palms, and the nation’s largest bamboo collection. Thanks to our mild Southern California climate, plants from all over the world thrive here. Our diverse topography provides a wide variety of microclimates giving visitors the sensation of strolling through a tropical rainforest to hiking in the high-desert. Four miles of trails wind through 29 uniquely themed gardens including the acclaimed Hamilton Children’s Garden. In addition, the Garden regularly offers classes covering many topics including certification classes covering popular plant varieties, water conservation, fire-safe landscaping, hands-on flower and plant arranging, art in various media, and healthy cooking. Visitors and members also participate in frequent special weekend events and Docent-led tours.

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