Garden workshops

Attend a workshop!

Thanksgiving Holiday

The Garden will be closed on Thursday, Nov 25th

and opened on Friday, Nov 26th

Change a Life

Every Child Deserves the Chance

At a Good Environmental Education

Storytime with Ms. Smarty-Plants™

Join Ms. Smarty-Plants™ on the 3rd Wednesday of November

for a "Thankful and Grateful Storytime" followed by a festive craft.

Giving Tuesday

November 30th


Membership Discount

Ends November 30th

Garden Nights, Holiday Lights

Celebrate the holidays with evenings at The Garden!

Field Trips

The Water Conservation Garden’s virtual-real time programming offers everything
teachers love about our garden field trip/assembly, only virtual! 

Garden Yoga

Find stillness and relaxation as you stretch and get a great workout!

To educate and inspire through excellent exhibits and programs that promote water conservation and the sustainable use of related natural resources.

About us


The Water Conservation Garden has nearly six acres of displays that showcase water conservation through a series of beautiful themed gardens, such as a native plant garden and a vegetable garden, as well as how-to displays such as mulch and irrigation exhibits. The Garden also features a native butterfly pavilion that is open spring and summer each year.

The Garden can be a learning laboratory for the dedicated gardener, a delightful place for an afternoon stroll, or a place to gather lots of information about water-wise, or California-Friendly® gardening.

Calendar of Happenings

Attend one of our fantastic upcoming Garden Happenings! We look forward to seeing you at The Garden!

Black Friday 2021 - 20%

November 27, 2021

MEMBERSHIP DISCOUNT Ends November 30th Don’t wait to buy the perfect holiday gift! A Garden Membership is the gift that lasts all year long! Limited-Time Membership Discount Code: BF20 (20%)


#GivingTuesday 2021

November 30, 2021

Change a Life and Make a Donation - Times Two MATCHED DONATION November 30th We hope you will join us on this global day of giving and support The Water Conservation Garden. This year you can help us launch Ms. Smarty-Plants Enrichment Experiences. Thanks to generous support from The Rice Family Foundation all donations will be MATCHED up to $15,000 until #GivingTuesday on November 30th! This means your gift makes 2x the impact.


Garden Nights Holiday Lights 2021 - Member Preview

December 02, 2021

Member Preview Night December 2 5-8pm Celebrate the holidays with evenings at The Garden! Guests will enjoy holiday lights, illuminated Garden displays, and exclusive access to The Garden at night. The Garden is excited to share the Holiday Season with you, your family, friends and your pets too! Experience the Magic of the Holidays with festive music, food, drinks, giveaways, and special appearances from friends of The Garden and Ms. Smarty-Plants™. Admission: Remember to bring your membership card.


Friday, 12/3 - Garden Nights, Holiday Lights 2021

December 03, 2021

Select Fridays and Saturdays in December 12/3–12/4 | 12/10–12/11 | 12/17–12/18  5-8pm

Celebrate the holidays with evenings at The Garden! Guests will enjoy holiday lights, illuminated Garden displays, and exclusive access to The Garden at night. Ms. Smarty-Plants Holiday Kid’s Shop December 10th, only; 5-7 pm Kiddos only, please. Let your kids spend your money on you! Special Member Preview on December 2nd. Learn more >> Members: Free | Non-Members: Cost is admissions to The Garden


Become an Earth Hero with Ms. Smarty-Plants!

Are you an Earth Hero? Do you recycle? Do you care for the animals of the planet?

Do you pick up trash that you see on the ground and dispose of it? If you do any of these things than you are one of my Earth Heroes! We can each make a difference with our own 2 hands! Learn how you can make a positive impact on the environment and help save Mother Earth!

Your donation supports conservation education.

Thank you for your generosity.

A few words from Garden Members

“I enjoyed my visit so much that I became a member. Now I have access to over 300 reciprocal gardens nationwide. This includes the Japanese Friendship Garden at Balboa Park and the Encinitas Botanical Garden as well.”


Yelp Review

“What a great way to spend an hour or two with the kids! The garden is not only beautiful & peaceful but educational as well. The staff was friendly & took the time to answer our questions about the many types of drought resistant plants they have on site. Highly recommended!!”


Yelp Review



We recently completed a Mini Facelift on the Small Classroom, Gift Shop, Admin Office and exterior of building!. Painting and flooring have been installed along with the beautiful new Sam Ciccati signage!

We have had a wonderful Fall and eagerly look forwrd to
a lovely San Diego Winter!

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