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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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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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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Rare and Endangered Plants in Our Backyard

by Tony Gurnoe, Director of Horticulture January 2019 Sunsets are coming earlier and mornings are once again laden with dew here in Encinitas. Respite from long, hot summer days, prospects of rain, and the residual warmth held in the earth make this a perfect time to plant native species. California is home to more than […]

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