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Become a Docent at San Diego Botanic Garden

Spring 2020 Session begins Thursday, January 30

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:

  • January 30                             Introduction to Docent Program & Overview
  • February 6                             Botany Bootcamp & Larabee Legacy
  • February 13                           Palms & Cycads & Rainforest Habitat
  • February 20                           California Native Plants
  • March 5                                  Trees of SD Botanic Garde
  • March 12                                Mediterranean Climate & Gardens
  • March 19                                Succulents & Desert Gardens
  • April 2                                    Bamboo and Subtropical Fruit Garden
  • April 9                                    The Conservatory and Children’s Pgms & Gardens

Space is limited, so register today by calling Jill Gardner at 760-436-3036 at x219.

For more information contact SDBG Docent Training Coordinators: Liz Woodward at liz@woodwardweb.net or 760-420-1455 or Jeff Clingan, jclingan@SDBGarden.org or 760-267-3544

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, nearly 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, and our new Dickinson Family Education Conservatory, home to rare and unusual tropical plants that can only be grown in this new greenhouse environment.


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