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San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden
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Owner description: Learn about plants and ecosystems of five Mediterranean climate zones, from California and Chile to Australia and South Africa.
Reviewed 17 May 2013

The SLO Botanical Garden is a great, hidden gem - full of plants that grow well on the Central Coast. My daughter and her scout troop had a wonderful lesson in the Children's Garden with a focus on pizza ingredients! I got to browse an amazing art show where all the items had been made with recycled or "found" items. Some great pieces! I look forward to returning!

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Reviewed 14 May 2013

The 150-acre garden will be the only garden of its kind in the world exclusively devoted to the ecosystems and plants of the five mediterranean climate regions of the world. Components will include 50 miles of paved trails; restaurants and cafés; a 4,000-seat amphitheater; demonstration, meditation, and event gardens; sustainable buildings for education and research and an explosion of art, all linked by innovative transportation methods to provide easy access to the inspiring views throughout the Garden’s 500-foot elevation change. Today, there's a 2-acre "Preview Garden", a contemplation and Children's Garden; the "greenest" building in San Luis Obispo County, and BIG, BIG plans for the future. Currently there are programs every second Saturday of the month for adults, and every third Saturday for kids. There is a fabulous summer camp for kids, and our grandkids have attended twice and loved it! There are really great concerts, art shows, cooking classes, and workshops. A recent workshop taught pine needle basket making. The uniqueness of the garden is remarkable. It is about sustainability, fire-safe and water saving measures. All plants come from one of the 5 mediterranean climate zones of the world. They have great programs to connect people (kids especially) with nature. Unplug your kids and/or grandkids from i-things, and get them out to the Garden for some "nature!" They'll love it. A must see. Go out to review the Preview Garden, or to attend an event.

Thank Califia
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Reviewed 7 March 2013

If you like native gardens, you'll thoroughly enjoy this one, located just across from Cuesta College. It will give you all kinds of landscaping ideas about plants and their arrangement. And you're welcome to browse the wonderful library they have.

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Reviewed 17 February 2013

This is a nice place with good information for the variety of plants that are of California, Mediterranean, South African, Australian climates. There is a lot of work to be done to meet their future goals but so far I enjoyed walking through the garden. I will return again when the majority of the plants are blooming.

Thank Ben V
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Reviewed 27 January 2013

This place lacks any character or discernible theme. I am not certain what is going on exactly. It's just there if you know what I mean.

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