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Quail Botanical Gardens - Encinitas, California


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Quail Botanical Gardens is an Encinitas Beach Treasure

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Quail Botanical Gardens in Encinitas, California is located 20 minutes north of San Diego. Quail Botanical Gardens features over 35 acres of exhibits, including rare bamboo groves, desert gardens, a tropical rainforest, California native plants, Mediterranean climate landscapes, the Undersea Succulent Garden, Landscaping for Fire Safety and a subtropical fruit garden. Quail Botanical Gardens and reflecting pools, cut flower decorating class at Quail Botanical Gardens, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, Calif. 92024  Call: (760) 436-3036.


In 2003, Quail introduced the West Coast's first interactive children's garden, the Seeds of Wonder. The garden includes Garden Railroad, a model train that meanders through the garden.


What Quail Botanical Gardens has succeeded in accomplishing it to become a community center offering regularly-scheduled classes, special events, a gift store and flower and plant sales. From a featured guitarist in the gardens to the annual Garden of Lights in December or Easter Bunny hunt in the Spring, Quail Botanical captures the interest of the local community, as well as drawing tourists into its welcoming gates.


For the tourist driving between San Francisco, Los Angeles or Disneyland (Anaheim) and Southern California resort destination-San Diego, Quail Botanical Gardens in Encinitas is a quick exit off the San Diego Freeway I-5.


Exhibits in the Gardens or the Quail, as locals call it, include Native Plants, Native People. An instructor of Ethnobotany at Kumeyaay Community College on the Sycuan Reservation oversaw refurbishment of the Kumeyaay ‘ewaa hut. In the Native Plants, Native People exhibit, life of the native inhabitants is showcased. The huts were built not to live in but to temporarily protect things and people. They weren’t really designed to be houses, as the Kumeyaay had a migratory lifestyle. Tule (native bulrush) and willow were harvested by QBG gardeners at Mira Costa College, Encinitas Ranch Golf Course and other locations for the exhibit.


The mission of Quail Botanical Gardens is to actively participate in the conservation of rare, threatened and endangered plant species, to serve the botanical and horticultural needs of San Diego County, and to exist as an urban retreat. Quail Botanical Gardens is a 501 (C) (3) nonprofit organization supported through earned revenues, gifts from individuals, corporate sponsorships, and grants. For more information, visit, or call 760-435-3036