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San Diego Botanic Garden Named One of Top 10 Botanic Gardens in North America by USA TODAY

Encinitas CA— San Diego Botanic Garden is proud to be one of the Top 10 botanical gardens in North America named by USA TODAY 10 Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards!

Nominated in early April by a panel of experts, including a combination of editors from USA TODAY, expert contributors, editors from 10 Best.com, and other Gannett properties (among others),  San Diego Botanic Garden was thrilled to be ranked 9th among 20 garden contestants from the U.S, Mexico and Canada. USA TODAY readers and 10Best.com followers, along with San Diego Botanic Garden friends and fans were given four weeks to vote for their choice of best botanical garden daily online. Results were released by USA TODAY and 10Best on Friday, May 3rd.

“We are deeply gratified to be named one of the best botanical gardens in North America,” said SDBG President & CEO Ari Novy, PhD. “We are thrilled to serve the San Diego area and beyond by caring for a highly diverse set of plants and inspiring the public to value our flora.”

The Top 10 winners in the USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards Contest for 2019 are:

  1. Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
  2. Missouri Botanical Garden
  3. Bok Tower Gardens
  4. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
  5. Vallarta Botanical Gardens
  6. Cheekwood Estate & Gardens
  7. Atlanta Botanical Garden
  8. Chicago Botanic Garden
  9. San Diego Botanic Garden
  10. Montreal Botanical Garden

San Diego Botanic Garden is a beautiful urban retreat nestled on 37-acres in the midst of Encinitas. More than 170,000 visitors from all over the world came to experience the Garden’s restful vistas, flowering trees, majestic palms and the nation’s largest bamboo collection last year.

Thanks to our mild Southern California climate, 5,000 plant species from all over the world thrive here, including a number of extremely rare and endangered species which the Garden is committed to preserving for future generations.

Our diverse topography in the Garden 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, with fun areas to play in for kids of all ages, including Toni’s Tree House.

10Best.com provides users with original, unbiased, and experiential travel content of top attractions, things to see and do, and restaurants for top destinations in the U.S. and around the world. The core of the site’s uniqueness is its team of local travel experts: a well-traveled and well-educated group who are not only experts in their fields – and their cities – but discriminating in their tastes. These local experts live in the city they write about so the content is constantly updated. 10Best.com averages 5 million visitors per month. It was acquired by USA TODAY in January of 2013.