Most months, the San Diego Horticultural Society features a garden for a private tour by society members.

This is an opportunity to visit a beautiful garden, take a self-paced garden tour, and socialize with other society members.


If you have or know of a garden that would be a suitable Monthly Featured Garden please email Jim Bishop.


Due to space constraints, only a limited number of members will be able to attend. 

Advance reservations are required.

Upcoming Featured Gardens

    • Sun, March 18, 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
    • Los Angeles (via motorcoach)
    • 39

    We’re LA bound! Join fellow SDHS members and garden enthusiasts to visit two horticultural stars of Los Angeles: The Gottlieb Native Garden in Beverly Hills and The Getty Center. 

    Traveling by private motor coach from San Diego County, we will first visit The Gottlieb Native Garden, a flourishing California native plant ecosystem located just a few miles from Rodeo Drive. The garden is home to more than 200 hand-selected native plant species and nearly 400 documented wildlife species. Our SDHS group will have early admission to the day’s Open Garden organized by the Pacific Horticulture Society. For approximately two hours, we will explore the garden, meet and mingle with Susan Gottlieb, and enjoy refreshments. In addition to providing background on how her garden came to be, Susan will be available to sign copies of the acclaimed book, The Gottlieb Native Garden: A California Love Story. The book will be available for purchase at the event.

    After the Gottlieb’s, we’ll head up to The Getty Center which is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Before exploring the galleries and grounds, we’ll enjoy a catered box lunch, then have a few hours to meander the garden, view exhibitions, and take in the breathtaking views. The Central Garden, created by San Diego-based contemporary artist Robert Irwin, lies at the heart of the Getty Center. The 134,000-square-foot design features a natural ravine and tree-lined walkway that leads the visitor through an extraordinary experience of sights, sounds, and scents. All of the foliage and materials of the garden have been selected to accentuate the interplay of light, color, and reflection.

    Seven different exhibitions of art and artifacts will be on view in the galleries, with subjects ranging from Greek and Roman sculpture to a showcase of new acquisitions, including works by Michelangelo, Goya, and Degas. 

    After approximately three hours at The Getty, we'll board our motor coach, arriving back in San Diego in the late afternoon or early evening, depending on traffic.

    Transportation: Private motor coach with small bathroom. Roundtrip from Old Town San Diego Transit Center and I-5/ La Costa Boulevard Park and Ride.

    Schedule (Exact times may vary due to traffic):

    • Depart Old Town Transit Center 7:30am
    • Depart La Costa 8:00am
    • Arrive Gottlieb Native Garden 10:30am
    • Tour Gottlieb Native Garden from 10:30am to 12:30pm
    • Arrive Getty Center 1pm
    • Enjoy lunch, explore The Getty’s gardens and galleries 1pm to 4pm
    • Arrive La Costa 6:30pm
    • Arrive Old Town 7:15pm

    Tour Details: Self-guided tour and informal reception at the Gottlieb Native Garden followed by hosted catered lunch and time to roam The Getty Center’s gardens and galleries. There are steps and slopes on the tour and many areas are not disabled accessible. Tour price includes driver gratuities.

    Lunch: Catered box lunch at The Getty Center, and guests will have their choice of four menu options, including vegetarian and gluten-free meals. Sorry, no substitutions or lunch credit issued. You may opt to purchase your lunch onsite independently of the group at your own cost. 

    Reservations: SDHS Members: $95; Non-members: $110

    Tickets include transportation, entry to and refreshments at the Gottlieb Native Garden, lunch, and snacks and beverages on motor coach (admission to The Getty Center is free). Pay in full when registering. Tour takes place rain or shine.

    • Sat, April 07, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Encinitas Area
    • 689

    This year’s SDHS Garden Tour will highlight gardens in and around Encinitas, an area rich in horticultural history. Not only has the region been a giant in the commercial flower and plant trade, but even the city’s name has a link to horticulture: Encinitas means “little oaks” in Spanish.

    The gardens on this self-guided tour will feature both fully mature as well as newly designed spaces, all suited to our Southern California climate. Several of the gardens are within large estates with multiple outdoor rooms, and some of the yards have raised beds and fruit trees, meadow-like areas, and unique plant cultivars. There will be eight or more gardens on the tour. 

    In keeping with past tours, we will also feature local artisans selling their hand-crafted garden art. Watch artists as they paint in the gardens, and meet SDHS community partners.

    If you have or know of potential candidate garden in the Encinitas area, please email the

    Before purchasing your tickets, please thoroughly read the text below. 

    Purchase Tickets

    Garden Descriptions

    • Tour hours are 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Ticket sales are limited this year. All tickets must be purchased in advance. 
    • Garden addresses and a map to the gardens will be emailed to registrants late in the day on Thursday, April 5.
    • This is a self-guided tour and is at your own pace
    • No pets or strollers are allowed in the gardens
    • Gardens are not disabled accessible
    • All ticket sales are final
    • Tour is held rain or shine

Past Featured Gardens

Sun, January 21, 2018 January Coffee in the Garden
Sat, October 07, 2017 Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast Party
Sat, April 15, 2017 April Featured Garden
Sat, April 08, 2017 2017 Spring Garden Tour
Sat, March 04, 2017 March Featured Garden
Sat, January 21, 2017 January Featured Garden
Sat, October 29, 2016 Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast Party
Sat, July 02, 2016 July Featured Garden
Sat, May 14, 2016 May Featured Garden
Wed, April 20, 2016 A Day at the Huntington
Sat, April 16, 2016 April Featured Garden
Sat, April 02, 2016 2016 Spring Garden Tour
Fri, March 04, 2016 Spring Home/Garden Show Volunteers
Sat, January 16, 2016 January Featured Garden
Sat, October 10, 2015 Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast Party
Fri, June 05, 2015 Volunteer Opening night of the Fair - Wine & Cheese Reception
Sat, May 09, 2015 Staff Our Booth at the Garden Party of the Century
Mon, April 27, 2015 Mulch and Weed Party - Casa del Prado and Timken Museum
Thu, March 19, 2015 Rose planting at Marston House
Sat, March 07, 2015 March Featured Garden
Sun, January 18, 2015 January Featured Garden
Sat, November 15, 2014 November Featured Garden
Sat, October 11, 2014 Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast Party
Sat, September 20, 2014 Designer Succulent Garden
Wed, August 13, 2014 August Featured Garden
Sat, July 19, 2014 July Featured Garden
Sat, May 17, 2014 May Featured Garden
Sat, April 05, 2014 2014 Spring Garden Tour
Fri, March 28, 2014 Bus Tour - Sherman Gardens & Roger's Garden
Sat, February 22, 2014 February Featured Garden - Tour of Olivewood Gardens
Sat, February 22, 2014 February Featured Garden - Tour of Olivewood Gardens
Sat, January 04, 2014 January Featured Garden
Sat, November 02, 2013 November Featured Garden
Sat, October 05, 2013 Volunteer Appreciation Party
Sat, September 21, 2013 September Featured Garden
Sat, August 17, 2013 August Featured Garden
Sat, July 20, 2013 July Featured Garden
Sat, June 29, 2013 June Featured Garden
Sun, May 05, 2013 May Featured Garden
Sat, April 06, 2013 2013 Spring Garden Tour
Tue, March 12, 2013 March Featured Garden
Sat, February 02, 2013 February Featured Garden
Sat, January 26, 2013 January Featured Garden
Sun, November 25, 2012 November Featured Garden
Sat, October 27, 2012 October Featured Garden
Sun, September 09, 2012 September Featured Garden
Sun, August 26, 2012 August Featured Garden
Sat, July 28, 2012 July Featured Garden - Afternoon
Sat, July 28, 2012 July Featured Garden - Morning
Sat, June 16, 2012 June Featured Garden
Sat, May 26, 2012 May Featured Garden
Sun, April 15, 2012 April Featured Garden
Sun, March 18, 2012 March Featured Garden
Sat, February 25, 2012 February Featured Garden
Sat, January 28, 2012 January Featured Garden
Our Mission To inspire and educate the people of San Diego County to grow and enjoy plants, and to create beautiful, environmentally responsible gardens and landscapes.

Our Vision To champion regionally appropriate horticulture in San Diego County.


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