While balcony container gardeners enjoy their small-space urban gardens, sometimes a few container plants on an apartment balcony above a busy street just isn’t peaceful enough. Balcony gardeners might not be able to have a peaceful, large garden, but there are public gardens and arboretums near every major city. Don’t just fawn over pictures of luxurious gardens, get out there and enjoy a day at a public garden! You may even bring some gardening inspiration home to your own balcony container garden.
If you live in or are visiting the San Diego, California, area, why not visit the San Diego Botanic Garden?
- The San Diego Botanic Garden is only 37 acres, but it’s home to more than 25 gardens, including Australian Garden, Bird and Butterfly Garden, California Gardenscapes, Hamilton Children’s Garden, Herb Garden, Mexican Garden, Olive Tree Garden, Succulent Display Garden and more.
- The San Diego Botanic Garden is home to the West Coast’s largest interactive Children’s Garden.
- Visit the garden’s website to learn about the different tours available: Some are self-guided and others docent-led (a free docent-led tour of the gardens departs from the gift shop every Saturday at 10:30). For several thousand dollars, you can even get a very special garden tour in Southeast Asia with the president and CEO of the gardens, Julian Duval.
- Find a birdwatching checklist that includes all of the birds that can be seen in the San Diego Botanic Garden at the website.
- Make sure to visit one of the garden’s special events, such as Gala in the Garden, Ladybug Day or the Chocolate Festival.
San Diego Botanic Garden Quick Info
230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas CA 92024
Admission $12 adults ($8 for seniors, students and active military, $6 for children 3 to 12)
Parking is $2
Open daily 9am-5pm (open until 8 on Thursdays in the summer)
Closed Christmas and New Year’s Day