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Become a Docent at San Diego Botanic Garden

Fall 2019 Session begins Thursday, September 5

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 for the session take place from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm at San Diego Botanic Garden on the following dates:

  • September 5: Introduction to Docent Program & Garden Overview
  • September 12: Botany Bootcamp & Larabee Legacy
  • September 26: Palms and Cycads
  • October 3:  Trees in the Garden and the Herb Garden
  • October 10: Succulent
  • October 24: CA Natives Plants & Firescape Gardens
  • October 31: Mediterranean Climate Gardens
  • November 14: Bamboo and Subtropical Fruit Gardens
  • November 21: The Conservatory and Children’s Programs @ SDBG


Space is limited, so register today by calling Jill Gardner at 760-436-3036, ext 218.  For more information contact Liz Woodward, SDBG Docent Training Coordinator, at liz@woodwardweb.net or 760-420-1455.

Cost: $60 fee for 9 classes. Pre-requisites prior to enrollment required.

About San Diego Botanic Garden

Named as one of the “Top 10 Botanic Gardens in North America” by USA TODAY/10Best.com, 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, 5,000 plant species 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, with fun areas to play in for kids of all ages including Toni’s Tree House.