Our Programs

See all upcoming happenings at the Garden on our Program Calendar.

San Diego Botanic Garden operates according to current County and State guidelines. In accordance with guidance from the County of San Diego and the California Department of Public Health, SDBG encourages visitors to wear masks indoors.

Don’t miss another class, tour, or activity! Sign up for our monthly Adult Programs newsletter or monthly Children’s Activities newsletter today.

8/20 – Draped Cement Vessel Creation

Saturday, August 20, 10 am-12 pm. Register by August 16. Join Bob Gromofsky, hypertufa and cement craftsman, as he introduces you to the playful and simple approach of creating your own versatile and decorative pots using cement draping. During this...

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8/20 – Hand-painted Botanical Watercolor

Saturday, August 20, 10:30am-12:00pm. Register by August 18. Join Denise McMurtrie each month to learn and experiment with new artistic techniques! This month we will have a truly hands-on class: did you know that every part of your hand can...

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8/20 – Open Air Yoga

Saturday, August 20, 9-10 am. Register by 5 pm the Friday before class. Walk-ins welcome (space-permitting, credit card only). Breathe in fresh air while being surrounded by lush gardens. Immerse your senses in the sights, smells, and sounds of nature. Leave...

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8/20 – Open Air Yoga

Saturday, August 20, 9-10 am. Register by 5 pm the Friday before class. Walk-ins welcome (space-permitting, credit card only). Breathe in fresh air while being surrounded by lush gardens. Immerse your senses in the sights, smells, and sounds of nature. Leave...

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8/21 – Sound Healing and Yin Yoga    

Sunday, August 21, 9-10 am. Register by 5 pm the Friday before class. Walk-ins welcome (space-permitting, credit card only). Experience the powerful synergy of sound and yoga amongst the picturesque gardens. Sound healing immerses you in a sea of vibrations...

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8/24 – Open Air Yoga

Wednesday, August 24, 5:30-6:30 pm. Register by 5 pm the Friday before class. Walk-ins welcome (space-permitting, credit card only). Breathe in fresh air while being surrounded by lush gardens. Immerse your senses in the sights, smells, and sounds of nature. Leave...

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SAPLinGS – 1. Wednesdays

Wednesdays, 10 am -12 pm. | Special Wednesday Activities, 10-11 am. Garden Time in the Incredible Edibles Garden Please join us in the Incredible Edibles section of Hamilton Children's Garden to plant, water, weed, and all the other activities that keep...

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SAPLinGS – 2. Thursdays

Thursdays, 10 am -12 pm. | Special Thursday Activities, 10 am -12 pm. Model Trains in Seeds of Wonder Garden with Conductor James. Science, Art and PLay in Garden Spaces (SAPLinGS) Children are invited to join every Wednesday, Thursday, and...

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SAPLinGS – 3. Fridays

Fridays, 10 am -12 pm. | Special Friday Activities, 10:30-11 am. Toddler Tales & Tunes in Hamilton Children’s Garden - Grandma Kathy has been teaching and entertaining children and families at SDBG for many years. She uses puppets, bells, pompoms,...

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8/20 – Guided Tour

Saturday, August 20, 10:30-11:30 am. Free with admission. Meet the volunteer tour guide in front of restrooms across from the entrance to Hamilton Children’s Garden.

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8/21 – Guided Tour

Sunday, August 21, 11 am -12 pm. Free with admission. Meet the volunteer tour guide in front of restrooms across from the entrance to Hamilton Children’s Garden.

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8/22 – Butterfly Walk

Monday, August 22, starting at 10 am. Meet in front of the restrooms across from the entrance to Hamilton Children's Garden. Walks will be led by a garden volunteer and joined regularly by butterfly expert Dr. Michael Perry from UC...

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Adult Education

See all Adult Education in an interactive Calendar List or Calendar Grid.

Be sure to check out our Tours, including the monthly bird walk and the butterfly walk!

Don’t miss another class or tour! Sign up for our monthly Adult Programs newsletter today.

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Adult Wellness Classes

Don’t miss another class yoga, Pilates, or sound healing class! Sign up for our monthly Adult Programs newsletter today.

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Children's Activities

Free with admission. Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 10 am -12 pm. Children are invited to join Science, Art and PLay in Garden Spaces (SAPLinGS) for learning, hands-on activities, and fun in Hamilton Children’s Garden. See the calendar for special activities each day.

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Guided Tours

Free with admission. Saturdays, 10:30-11:30 am; Sundays, 11 am -12 pm. Meet the volunteer tour guide in front of restrooms across from the entrance to Hamilton Children’s Garden.

The Garden also offers Adult Group Tours. Click here to learn about requesting a group tour.

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Bird Walks

The first Monday of each month, SDBG hosts a bird walk led by our birding specialists Rita Campbell, Sue Smith, Gretchen Nell, and Jeff Clingan. SDBG is a birding hotspot providing a home to our native birds, migrants, and wintering guests. Starting at 8am to get the most out of our early morning birding hours, the group searches out the greatest number of bird species in our native and ornamental gardens.

Butterfly Walks

Join us for twice monthly Butterfly Walks to learn more about these beautiful insects and their close relationship with plants. Walks will be led by a garden volunteer and joined regularly by butterfly expert Dr. Michael Perry from UC San Diego and members of his lab. Walks will take place the second and fourth Mondays of the month from 10 am-12 pm from June through October.