S.L.O. Botanical Garden

Highlights: Each trail at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden is rich with botanical samplings of Mediterranean climate plants and offers countless opportunities for exploring natural wonders.  The Garden reflects the beauty and diversity of plant life that thrives in the similar climatic conditions of the five Mediterranean climate zones of the world: the Mediterranean Basin in Europe, Central Chile, Cape Province of South Africa, South and Western Australia and our own region in California.

Directions:  The San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden is located on Highway 1 in El Chorro Regional Park, between San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay.

From San Luis Obispo, take Highway 1 North for 5.5 miles, then turn right onto Dairy Creek Road.  In 0.1 miles, veer left at a junction, then continue until you reach the Garden at 3450 Dairy Creek Road.

Credit:  The original site for the Garden can be found at www.slobg.org.

Events:  The Garden offers tours, workshops, classes, performances and other special events throughout the year.  For a monthly schedule of upcoming events, please see: http://www.slobg.org/Events_And_Activities.htm.

Similarities/Differences: Just as Rancho Alegre is surrounded by National Forest, the SLO Botanical Garden is surrounded by the much larger El Chorro Regional Park, making exploration beyond the Garden’s 150 acres possible and worthwhile, if you have the time.

Hours:  The Garden is open daily during daylight hours.  Admission is free.  The gift shop is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm.  Parking at El Chorro Regional Park is $2 during the summer months.