SDBG playing key role in global conservation of oak trees

nursery seedlings

June 2022 by Tony Gurnoe, Director of Conservation Horticulture The San Diego Botanic Garden is playing a key role in the global conservation of oak trees (Quercus L.). San Diego Botanic Garden’s Conservation Horticulture staff have been working to conserve endangered native oak species, both in habitat and in cultivation since the beginning of the […]

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Horticulture & Facilities news

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February 2022 by Brandi Eide, Deputy CEO and Senior Director for Horticulture and Facilities As the new year begins, we are excitedly preparing for upcoming projects, and thankful for recent accomplishments. We kicked off the year with a celebration; the Garden was awarded a grant for new signage in the Bamboo Garden from the American […]

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Science & Conservation updates

January 2022 by Colin Khoury, Senior Director for Science and Conservation We begin this new year with a flurry of new science and conservation activity, both at the Garden and further afield. Our ongoing work to help conserve rare oaks, cycads, manzanitas, coyote bush, and other threatened plants has increased dramatically over the past few […]

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Opuntia littoralis – Coastal prickly pear cactus: SDBG’s new logo

close up of prickly pear catus in bloom

November 2021 by Ari Novy, PhD, President & CEO I’d like to draw your attention to the Garden’s new logo, based on our native coastal prickly pear cactus (Opuntia littoralis). We put lots of thought into our rebranding and logo update. We love the dragon tree logo we used for years, which is beautiful and […]

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Collaborative Conservation of an Exceptional Oak

April 2021 by Tony Gurnoe, Director of Conservation Horticulture Last year an alarming report was released indicating that 40% of all plant species are threatened with extinction. When considering that dire number, it is also important to know that nearly one third of all plant species exist in a botanical garden somewhere for safe keeping. […]

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Conserving a Distinct Piece of Encinitas

January 2021 by Tony Gurnoe, Director of Conservation Horticulture San Diego Botanic Garden has a distinctive position in not only working to conserve endangered plants where they grow naturally, but also bringing those rare species into a managed setting which enables a deeper level of study, better community engagement without compromising preservation, and for us […]

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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

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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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