Worth Traveling For

The San Diego Botanic Garden (SDBG) was announced by the Canadian Garden Council and the American Public Gardens Association as a recipient of the 2017 “Top 10 North American Gardens Worth Traveling For” award at the North American Garden Tourism Conference in Toronto, Canada in March. The Garden Tourism Awards are presented to gardens that have distinguished themselves in the development and promotion of the garden experience as a tourism attraction. “More people visit gardens in the United States than go to Disneyland and Disneyworld combined, and more than visit Las Vegas annually,” said Dr. Richard Benfield, author of Garden Tourism and chair of the International Garden Tourism Network, “making garden tourism one of the largest sectors in the tourism market.” Other award recipients included gardens from Illinois, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Arizona, Vancouver, Nova Scotia, Québec, and Mexico.

SDBG is a 37-acre urban oasis located in Encinitas, filled with flowers, trees, plants, and the country’s largest bamboo collection. Four miles of trails wind through 29 uniquely themed gardens, giving visitors the sense that they are truly strolling through each of these microclimates in an effort to inspire people of all ages to connect with plants and nature. Other garden goals include: enabling learning, promoting environmental stewardship, conservation, plant introduction and cultivation, and fostering a visitor-centric experience. SDBG also regularly offers classes covering a variety of topics, including water conservation, fire-safe landscaping, hands-on flower and plant arranging, art, and healthy cooking. Learn more at www.sdbgarden.org.