SDBG Partners with City of Encinitas to Care for and Restore Native Plants in Open Spaces

October 2020 by Tony Gurnoe, Director of Horticulture After decades of conservation and stewardship of native species within the Garden, SDBG has expanded that botanical expertise to an additional 15 acres of open space in Encinitas. In spring of 2020, the Garden partnered with the City of Encinitas to care for and restore open spaces […]

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SDBG Collaborates with the Salk Institute

July 2020 by Ari Novy, PhD, President & CEO Earlier this year, San Diego Botanic Garden and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies combined forces to offer the first of its kind symposium, “Plant Carbon Drawdown.” This 2-day symposium presented the cutting edge of plant-based innovations designed to help mitigate the coming effects of climate […]

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What Makes Us a Botanic Garden?

July 2020 by Jeremy Bugarchich, Curator of Collections A garden is colorful, lush, and beautiful; these are some of the words used to describe our own wonderful San Diego Botanic Garden. But what are the features that make our garden a botanic garden? A garden by definition is unnatural. It is a conglomeration of living […]

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Creating a Sustainable Landscape: Making the Most of Our Low Annual Rainfall in Southern California is Just the Beginning

April 2020 by Tony Gurnoe, Director of Horticulture Water is the lifeblood of any garden, and this is especially evident to horticulturists in Southern California. San Diego Botanic Garden frequently sees less than 10 inches of rain in a year, and nearly all of that comes between the months of November and March. Despite having […]

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SDBG Bamboo Garden Inspired and Planted by the American Bamboo Society Founded at the Garden in 1979

April 2020 by Jeremy Bugarchich, Curator of Collections San Diego Botanic Garden’s Bamboo Garden is a lush forest filled with a wide variety of flora from all over the world. Tranquility can overwhelm the senses when you first embrace the array of the towering plant life that is our bamboo collection. Complimented with an assortment […]

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The Dickinson Family Education Conservatory: Building a Plant Collection and a Community

January 2020 by Tony Gurnoe, Director of Horticulture Seven years ago when I started working at San Diego Botanic Garden (SDBG), nobody quite knew what would become of the big dirt lot at the north end of our recently opened Hamilton Children’s Garden, but it was evidently destined for something important. This Garden has reached […]

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Birds, Butterflies, and Blooms

October 2019 by Tony Gurnoe, Director of Horticulture Gardens grow out of motives as diverse as the plants contained within. Some are created to attract wildlife, while others are meant to teach and entertain, or even just to be beautiful. The intersection between so many far-reaching garden intentions resides in flowers. Flowers embody bounty and […]

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Grow Your Own Superbloom with Plant Combinations Found in our California Gardenscapes

July 2019 by Tony Gurnoe, Director of Horticulture This year’s lush winter growth and bountiful flowers has drawn people out to California’s deserts and foothills by the thousands. As we settle into our characteristic long, dry summer, the idea of translating California’s unique floristic beauty into the home garden may seem daunting. Native plants provide […]

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SDBG’s Spectacular Tropical & Temperate Rainforest Garden

April 2019 by Jeremy Bugarchich, Curator of Collections An inspiring showcase of diversity is the epitome of what is the Rainforest Garden at San Diego Botanic Garden. This garden is a wonderment of plants from regions all across the world, grown together in harmony. Exploring the Rainforest Garden in depth, you can observe we have […]

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