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Quail Botanical Gardens, Encinitas, California
Quail Botanical Gardens, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas CA   (760) 436-3036

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    Quail Botanical Garden Flower Photos are a sure bet for beauty


    While driving along Interstate 5 between San Diego and Orange Countyy/Los Angeles, hills visible from the freeway 20 miles north of La Jolla in the City of Encinitas seem strikingly different in appearance than the surrounding terrain. To our BEACHCALIFORNIA.COM explorers, they present one more spot on the California map worth examining in depth. What is not known at first glance is that Encinitas is a nature lover's paradise of flowers and plants. The year round temperate climate is conducive to growth of flowers for the cut flower industry. 


    It also provides the perfect environment and location for Quail Botanical Gardens where hundreds of native and rare plants, bushes, flowers and trees are grown and are on display on 30 acres of land near the Pacific Ocean. Claiming to have the largest bamboo collection in the United States, Quail Botanical Gardens is considered one of the best gardens in San Diego County and well worth the admission of under $10. Knowing that all proceeds stay at The Gardens makes the tour even more important.  


    This well run oasis is a model for similar botanical gardens. From the gift shop operated by volunteers who sell plants and products that promote nature, to the community classes, concerts, meetings and corporate opportunities, Quail Botanical Gardens is akin to a community center with inviting programs that educate, entertain and enlighten. Like the successful parks and zoos of the region, San Diego Zoo, San Diego Wild Animal Park and Sea World, Quail Botanical Gardens is operated by environmentalists who care about preserving a small segment of the world's vanishing resources.  Their tours and programs offer tips for using nature's resources to enhance living spaces, as well as promoting the natural areas.


    On our visit to the Quail Botanical Gardens, we took a tour of the grounds and attended a class held in the bamboo forest where we were shown how to turn pieces of bamboo into vases for the flower arrangements we made. We were invited to pick leaves from plants and trees and enjoy the scents some produce by touching or rubbing them. With an hour or two to explore, you can tie this side bar trip into a day of exploration of North County San Diego.  North County includes the cities of Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, Oceanside and Solana Beach. Access to the area is available through Amtrak and Coater. or call 1-800-COMMUTE


    The Quail Botanical Gardens Gift Shop is open daily and  sells plants propagated at Quail, art prints, t-shirts, mugs, stationary, cookbooks and educational books. The shop is managed and operated by volunteers. Merchandise is selected to reflect the botanical theme. 


    The Botanical Library is available for research and study. Members may borrow non-reference books.

    Other attractions and activities include Seeds of Growing  Children's Garden and rotating classes such as Gourd Art Class, Pine Needle Basket Class, Home Landscape Gardening Series, Seaweed Basket Making Class and Landscape Painting in Watercolor. 


    Location and Directions - Go east 1/2 mile to Quail Gardens Drive; turn left. The entrance to The Gardens is on the left.