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January 29, 2003
It’s 300 acres of once-private gardens bequeathed to the city with the proviso that it could not be sold. A citizens group maintains it and it was quite beautiful. It’s inland enough that it’s protected from the elements and has sections representing botany from Australia, New Zealand, Africa, and other exotic lands. It’s got a world-class collection of bamboo (I didn’t know there were so many kinds!) and a wonderful collection of palms and palm kinfolk. A great many things aren’t flowering in January, but it was beautiful all the same.
From journal Southern California vacation
by Barber E. Lane
Lake Forest, California
October 6, 2002
While this is not a major attraction, those interested in rare plants or beautiful quiet walks might find the Quail Botanical Gardens of interest. We happened upon it while staying in Carlsbad and visiting San Luis Rey Mission, both within 15 minutes of the gardens. The Gardens are set off the beaten path in a rural southern California area.
They are small and only encompass 30 acres of tropical plants, palms, ferns, and bamboos. A small waterfall and canyon are on the self-guided tour route. Hours are daily from 9am to 5pm and a free guided 90-minute tour takes place on Saturdays at 10am. Admission is $5 for adults and free on the first Tuesday of the month.
It only took us about 60 minutes to complete the tour. The main thing I remember about this garden is that we had it pretty much to ourselves and it was very quiet. You can call 760/436-3036 for more information. This activity was not something children would enjoy -- too relaxing.
From journal A Day At the Beach
June 17, 2002
With approximately 30 acres of exotic tropical plants, palms, indigenous California plants, and the largest collection of bamboo in North America, these exceptional gardens draw many visitors year round. Classified carefully by the botanists here, the 24 gardens are manned by docents who can answer questions about the unusual plants or can find an expert to answer your question. For example, there's an Old and a New World Desert, Arid Madagascar, Middle East, Arid South America, Himalayas, Subtropical Forest, Herb Garden, and Canary section, to name a few of the 24. Particularly important in Southern California is a Fire Safety Landscape demonstration area in the gardens, an exhibit that illustrates practical advice for planning one's own landscaping in an area with a history of seriously damaging fires.
After many years of residing in the area, I finally visited these gardens. About ten years ago, a work colleague of mine was married at sunset here, but I was unable to attend. They accrue a steady source of revenue by renting out three select sections of the gardens that can accommodate small to larger numbers of guests for those who wish an outdoor, romantic setting for the special event. Located on a plateau inland, the gardens have Pacific views in many sections.
Another source of funds for these gardens comes from the Summer Concert Series; these concerts cost $20.00 each or $72.00 for the series, and include a light supper, dessert, and coffee. They are more formal than the Moonlight series and people cannot bring the blankets, coolers, food, and drinks that are welcome at the Moonlight Concerts By the Sea. The concerts in the Summer Concert Series feature light jazz, Latin jazz, blues, and old popular music, not more alternative or rock and roll. Tickets for any or all of these concerts can be purchased at the Gift Shop at the Gardens, or by phone with credit card at 760-436-3036, extension 201.
UPDATE: A recently donated addition to the Garden's collection is a "corpse flower," nicknamed "Mr. Stinky" by resident botanists. It's a rare plant from Sumatra that grows rapidly just before it blooms, at which point it emits stench considered by some to be the worst from any plant in the world. Fortunately, this stench remains for a short time, usually three days, and the Quail botanists hope its stench won't "overpower" this Sunday's jazz concert at the Gardens.
UPDATE-April 12-13,2003, the annual Herb Festival features tours, plants for sale, as well as herb sellers, with food available for a days outing. Free parking
Open daily 9-5 p.m. for tours for the public. Telephone number is 760-436-9466. Admission is free for all on the first Tuesday of each month. The Gardens receive no tax money and are totally self-supporting.
From journal Encinitas, Ca -East