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San Diego Botanic Garden Begins Phased Reopening Plan Today, May 27

SDBG Members Can Now Register Online to Begin Visiting the Garden

Encinitas CA— San Diego Botanic Garden is pleased to announce that it will begin its phased reopening plan today. The Garden notified its members that it is now open for SDBG Members only beginning today, Wednesday, May 27.

SDBG Members are required to make online reservations via the Garden’s new online ticketing system prior to their visit and bring proof of reservations with them, as well as their membership cards, to the Garden when they arrive. This new online ticketing system is available to Members  at SDBGarden.org.

The Garden made the decision to reopen the Garden in phases in order to ensure proper social distancing and other operational guidelines outlined by local, state and government officials could be met, so that members, visitors and staff could all safely enjoy the Garden.

“San Diego Botanic Garden is thrilled to open our gates and retool our operation for safety during COVID-19,” said SDBG President & CEO, Ari Novy, PhD. “The Garden is a place of great serenity and healing that is a potent antidote to the challenges of social distancing.”

In addition to a phased reopening plan, with the Garden looking to invite the general public back to the Garden within the next several weeks (when appropriate), there are also several other changes of note at the Garden including:

  • The Garden will be open Wednesday – Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm only (Closed on Monday & Tuesday).
  • Reservations via the Garden’s new online ticketing system will be REQUIRED for entry during all phases of reopening. NO WALK UPS will be allowed.
  • SDBG Members are asked to arrive at their scheduled date/time with their ticket(s) (either printed or on a cell phone) for entry along with their membership card(s).
  • The Garden’s main entrance has been temporarily moved to the Dickinson Family Education Conservatory at the corner of Ecke Ranch Road and Quail Gardens Drive (450 Quail Gardens Drive). Parking is available at the Conservatory and additional parking is available at San Dieguito Heritage Ranch across the street from the Conservatory.
  • EVERYONE ages 2+ will be required to wear a face mask or covering at all times in the Garden.
  • To help maintain appropriate social distancing, our paths and trails have been made one-way, with marked entrances and exits.
  • Hamilton Children’s Garden and Seeds of Wonder remain closed until local, state and federal authorities deem it safe for children’s areas to reopen.
  • Our Gift Shop, Feel Good Coffee Cart, Larabee House and Ecke Building are also closed.
  • Guest restrooms are sanitized every 2 hours.

For more information and to make reservations, please visit SDBGarden.org.


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.