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San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas

  • 12 Jun 2021
  • 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM
  • San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
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Saturday, June 12, 2021

10:30 AM 

Picnic at the San Diego Botanic Garden

230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024

Cost: $17 (Adult), $11 (Senior over 60), $9 (Youth 3-17)

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

As summer begins, what better way to visit the pristine San Diego Botanic Garden, formerly known as the Quail Botanical Gardens, than with other Jaguar owners.  A 37-acre garden urban oasis includes bamboo groves (said to be the largest bamboo collection in the United States), desert gardens, a tropical rainforest, California native plants, Mediterranean climate landscapes and a subtropical fruit garden.

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Directions for San Diego Jaguar Club!

Direction and Map to SDBG.pdf

Note: Address:  230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, CA  92024 (gated Entrance), not 300

“Upon arriving onto Quail Gardens Drive – do not turn at the directional signs saying, “Garden Parking”.  Continue to SDBG gated entrance at the address given above. There is a wooden sign with our name on it and Diah will be dropping the “pin” there (SDJC feather). We have reserved their former main lot for SDJC to enter, exit and park your cars! The gate will be open between 10:15 am – 10:45 am and then closed until our group is ready to leave between 1:30 pm – 1:45 pm”

Picnic: The Victorian Gazebo Lawn.

Located in the center of the Garden, a beautiful large lawn framed by natural borders of flowing plants and mature trees.  It is the perfect backdrop allowing us to visit and enjoy talking about our jags and our friendships. It is a few minutes walking distance from the reserved parking lot.  

  • Pack your lunch.
  • No picnic tables are currently available (removed to follow Covid guidelines), so do not forget your chairs or blanket to sit on large grassy area in front of the gazebo.
  • Various benches throughout the garden which fit up to 3 people.
  • Shuttle service is available as needed.

Reserved ParkingSDBG former main lot to enter, exit and park your jags with ocean view!. 

Attendees List:

Adelman, Alan & Eda

Alexandru, Radu, Amber & Elizabeth

Allen, David, Marie & Matt

Avery, Martin & Diah

Bennett, Tim & Debbie

Barnard, Joanne

Bergman, Richard & Alice Sakayeda

Bradley, Marie & Jan Widner

Campbell, Tony, Yory & Sherah

Cosmos, Harry & Carmi

Galper, Louis & Deborah Durham

Harding, Joe & Deborah

Hunter, Celia

Hradecky, Rudy & Cheryl

Jensen, Dan & Jorgene

Kritz, Michael

Leuthen, Chuck & Kathy

Loper, Mike & Peggy

Memminger, Silvia & Mary Mattice

Mikles, Roberta & Marsha Harris

Mullen, Edgar & Adrian

Nighswonger, Will and Maritza

Novak, Paul & Debbie

Pickslay, Pete & Denise Botticelli

Polger, Abby & Lore Silberman

Polger, Lorne

Proctor, Bob & Ali

Putnam, David & Windley

Rieth, Pete & Christa

Rummell, Nedra

Shapira, Dr. Eric & Susan

Spero, Alan

Stewart, Jim & Patty Arnold

Tilton, Terry & Mary Pat

Trup, Regina & Rich

Waite, James & Elizabeth

Ward, Joan

Wokoek, Rudy & Rose Bolton

Wright, Tom & Irene Chandler

Zverina, Jan & Valerie

There will be sculpture exhibits presented in partnership with the Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) Artist Alliance.  Inspired by nature, the featured artworks were selected from submissions demonstrating a broad spectrum of material, styles, and creativity interpretations.  All the original sculptures in the collection were created by members of OMA Artist Alliance.

Let’s meet, have a picnic, take a brisk walk through a landscaped garden designed decades ago by the original founders, and enjoy talking about our Jags, our friendships, and our plans for 2021 while enjoying the beautiful San Diego Botanic Garden.

Sincerely look forward to seeing you all there!

Cheers, Diah.

Questions:  Contact Nedra Rummell (760) 519 5400 or

Diah Avery (619) 890 1613   

Click here for SDBgarden website!

Note: Please arrive early to check in (Gate open 10:15 AM).  If you are a member of San Diego Botanic garden or several other gardens, there is no charge under their “reciprocal” arrangement with the American Horticulture Society.  You must present your membership card to get in for free.

Pet Policy: Please check SDBG link: Pet Policy

History (Rae, 1989) (Bailey, 1989) (San Diego Botanic Garden, 2012)

Until 1957, the gardens were the private estate of Ruth Baird Larabee.  Acquired in the 1930’s, her property was known as “El Rancho de las Flores” (Ranch of the Flowers).   Originally from the Midwest, Larabee collected exotic plants from South America and other tropical lands.  In 1957, she turned the land over to the county. 

In 1961, the Quail Botanical Gardens Foundation was established.  For more than three decades, the Quail Botanical Gardens prospered as the collection of rare plants was maintained by San Diego Parks employees and volunteers.  In 1989, Encinitas was incorporated, and the question as to who would assume control of the gardens began.  Leaders of the Quail Botanical Gardens Foundation were concerned that the city may dramatically change Quail Gardens, making it a grass and picnic type of recreational area.  Fortunately, that never happened, and Quail Botanical Gardens continued to flourish.

Quail Botanical Gardens was developed to provide a place of beauty and botanical information as well as to conserve rare, threatened, and endangered plant species.  It followed conservation guidelines developed by the International Union of Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, which mandates institutions to design their research and collections to complement one other.

After many years of deliberation, Quail Botanical Gardens Foundation decided to change the name of the Garden to San Diego Botanic Garden, a name which went into effect on September 12, 2009 at the 10th annual Gala in the Gardens.  

Gardens of Interest

There are 30 gardens within the San Diego Botanic Garden.  You may not view all of them, but here are some of the possibilities.  

Bamboo Garden (Rae, 1989)

One of the plant species which received much attention was the bamboo collection.  More than 25 species of bamboo trees have been planted, which enable botanists to learn more about this versatile plant.  Bamboo is not only beautiful; it also is functional; it is used in construction in Third World countries instead of steel bars and used for irrigation pipes in East Africa.  By studying bamboo, the Botanic Garden was able to learn more about the many types of bamboo in rain forests in Latin America, and possibly prevent extinction.

Bamboo may carry types of tropical rust that can attack grain crops, especially corn and wheat.  For that reason, it must be quarantined in a federally approved greenhouse for one year before it can be cultivated in America.  The greenhouses at the Gardens are one of only four such greenhouses in the country.  Once the quarantine period is over, the bamboo can be transported across the nation.  

Bird and Butterfly Garden

Located within Hamilton Children’s Garden, this garden is an interactive and educational garden, which highlights the flowers and plants which attract butterflies and hummingbirds.  The website offers this information to those who value the birds and bees: (Hamilton Children's Garden - Bird and Butterfly Garden, 2014)

Planting a pollinator garden:  Use plants which provide nectar and pollen.  Provide a water source.  Plant in a sunny area with wind breaks.  Establish continuous bloom.  Eliminate or minimize the use of pesticides.

Native Bees and Gentle Bees:  The Honey bees comes from Europe.  There are approximately 1600 species of native bees in California.  Most are solitary, and do not build hives.  Because of this, they are not as aggressive.  They typically dwell in the ground, in small cavities or in garden debris.  Only Honey Bees produce honey; native bees to not.

Flower to Table:  In order to make seeds, flowers need to transfer pollen.  For this, they need a pollinator.  Honeybees carry pollen to the hive in a small “basket” of fine hairs on the outside of their hind legs.  Pollinators include not only bees but butterflies, beetles, bats, moths, flies, hummingbirds and even the wind.  

California Gardenscapes

This newly redesigned area is divided into several ecological zones like those found in Southern California.  They are arranged in such a way to encourage guests to stop often and take-in each landscape vignette, and perhaps inspire them to create a drought-tolerant native landscape redesign.  It also tries to create a connection between the natural ecology and a native garden.  This image shows the layout, but to learn more, you should visit the interactive page on the Garden website which provides information about each of these gardens.

Native Plants and Native People Trail

This trail leads through some of the rarest habitats in the country, the coastal sage scrub and southern maritime chaparral of Southern California.  The trail offers a glimpse into how the Native Americans used the plants for food, medicine, clothing, shelter, and tools.  Besides the three plant communities found along the trail, you might see some of the animals which roam the area.  You will learn how these animals and birds have formed relationships with the plant community, and the survival depends on protecting these habitats.