San Diego Botanic Garden
230 Quail Gardens Dr
Encinitas CA 92024
Contact Information
Address 230 Quail Gardens Dr
Encinitas, CA 92024
Telephone (760) 436-3036
Fax 760 632-0917
At A Glance
Former Names
Quail Botanical Gardens
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Year of Incorporation 1963
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $2,126,825.00
Projected Expenses $2,126,825.00
Projected Annual Revenue $2,126,825.00 (2014)
Educational programs at San Diego Botanic Garden reach all age groups and are of tremendous value to the community. Our educational programs are varied and all enjoy and rely on continued financial assistance from donors, grants, and important community groups and individuals. Visitors in strollers and toddling through our Seeds of Wonder enrichment garden with their parents find touching, smelling, tasting and tumbling to be most intriguing. Elementary aged children enjoy the learning experiences to be found in the Hamilton Children's Garden whether it is eating something from the vegetable garden or identifying the need for plants that assist bees and butterflies with pollination. Local college-based botany classes spend hours in marvel at the plant collections. Elders find beauty and peace touring the Garden and learning from trained Docents about the history, trees, and plantings. Of significant importance is the varied and extensive catalog of quarterly classes offered to the public -- from succulent wreath making to professional art instruction to bonsai to photography and much, much more.
Of particular note is the list of annual calendared events at San Diego Botanic Garden which includes but is not limited to: Art Fest, 5K Paw Walk in the Garden, Herb Festival, Spring Plant Sale, and Tomatomania, Gourd and Basket Weekend in the Garden, Asian Arts in the Garden, Chocolate Festival, Fairy Festival, Insect Festival, Lady Bug Day, Gala in the Garden Fundraiser, Fall Plant Sale, Garden of Lights, Bird Watching, Tours, Birthday Parties , Thursday Summer-Family-Fun Nights, Special Events in Hamilton Children’s Garden, and Special Events in Seeds of Wonder.
Budget .
Category Environment, General/Other
Population Served , ,
Short Term Success
Long term Success
Program Success Monitored By
Inspiring people of all ages to connect with plants and nature is the goal of our educational outreach and it is simply measured by smiles and gratitude from the community group served. The successful visitor and member experience is key to our success from both an aesthetic and financial view.
Examples of Program Success
Mission Statement
The mission of San Diego Botanic Garden is to inspire people of all ages to connect with plants and nature.
Background Statement

San Diego Botanic Garden, formerly known as Quail Botanical Gardens, began as the 30-acre private estate of Charles and Ruth Larabee. The Larabees landscaped the property around their modest home with exotic plants they collected during their worldwide travels, including cork oaks, palms, cycads, aloes, cacti, hibiscus, and unusual subtropical fruit-bearing shrubs and trees.

As active Scout leaders, the couple sought to personally educate local young people about nature, using the estate's plantings as their teaching site. In the spirit of continuing public environmental education, Mrs. Larabee left her private residence and its grounds to the County of San Diego in 1957. Quail Gardens Foundation, now known as the Quail Botanical Gardens Foundation, Inc., was formed three years later to preserve and support this remarkable Garden. "Quail Gardens" opened to the public in 1971 and later became "Quail Botanical Gardens."

The county financially supported and managed the property for 32 years until the early 1990s when serious economic challenges drove county officials to seek alternatives. In 1993, a group of dedicated members of the Foundation signed a long-term lease from the County and privatized the Garden as an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with the mission to actively participate in the conservation of rare, threatened and endangered plant species, to serve the botanical and horticultural needs of San Diego County, and to exist as an urban retreat.

Julian Duval was hired in 1995, and continues to serve as President / CEO. He originally came to the Garden from the Indianapolis Zoo and Gardens, where he was VP of Zoological and Botanical Collections.

Over the years, many important changes and additions have taken place at the Garden, especially in regards to children, the future stewards of the earth. In June 2009, we opened the Hamilton Children's Garden, the largest interactive children's garden in the West Coast. Our continued growth has greatly increased the audience we serve as well as our potential to serve many others. So on September 12, 2009, we changed our name from Quail Botanical Gardens to San Diego Botanic Garden. It is our hope that this will make it easier for people to discover this magical garden.

Impact Statement
San Diego Botanic Garden is enjoying growth on all fronts and we are happy to highlight some of our recent accomplishments. Opened in 2009, the popular Hamilton Children's Garden is the largest interactive children's garden on the West Coast and draws people of all ages. Important to Southern California visitors, a Defensible Space Fire Wise Landscaping exhibit was installed at the entrance to the Landscape for Fire Safety Garden.  The Lawn House Garden, opened in 2011, features a beautifully landscaped patio and deck adjacent to the Gazebo Lawn Garden and demonstrates water-conserving landscaping materials and techniques that can be used by the average homeowner. It also serves as a rental venue for small weddings and events.
2012 saw continued growth and improvement with the addition of a new, larger environmentally green and handicapped-accessbile Welcome Center with a planted roof and sides. The Garden also completed a major upgrade of the Native Plants Native People Trail, which celebrates the region's native people's relationships with and use of plants.  The upgrade included adding an overlook to allow visitors to see down into the home site area, enhancing and nearly doubling the number of dual language interpretative signs, rebuilding  two of the dwellings with more durable materials, making irrigation improvements and augmenting the plant collections. We also completed a greatly-needed and very attractive expansion of our Gift and Plant Shop. 
In 2013, we added the award-winning Tea House exhibit to our Bamboo Garden. We also renovated our original, much-used children's garden: Seeds of Wonder.
As San Diego Botanic Garden continues to grow and thrive, we invite our community to join us as we connect more people of all ages with plants and nature.
Needs Statement
San Diego Botanic Garden's most pressing needs (not necessarily in order) include:
1) FINANCIAL -- The means to recruit and retain the staff needed to support the Garden through recent and projected growth; to continue regular maintenance and improvements to all infrastructure including irrigation, communication, electrical, and plant collections; to continue to improve the varied educational programs offered to visitors of all ages as well as maintain our excellent volunteer and docent programs; to procure neighboring once-in-a-lifetime land sale opportunities if/when available; and, to fund future capital campaigns for Phase II of the award-winning Hamilton Children's Garden.
2)  MEMBERS / VOLUNTEERS / PEOPLE – People are the core of any organization. They are needed for their time, talents, and financial support. As this Garden grows, the number of people associated with it must also grow.
3)   PROGRAMING – Programs must continue to be created and refined for current and future members and the general community.

4)  LEADERSHIP – To go from a one-time grassroots organization with a dream to one that competes with other local destinations such as the San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park museums it takes the very best leadership. As the organization grows from one level to the next there are many leadership challenges. The Garden is always in search of board members and staff who will be able to guide San Diego Botanic Garden to this next level.
Service Categories
Botanical Gardens & Arboreta
Areas of Service
Areas Served
CA - San Diego North County Coastal
CA - San Diego County All
Like its plant collections, San Diego Botanic Garden welcomes visitors from all regions of our world.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Is your organization a member of Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD)? No
An 'Orchid' Award in Landscape Architecture for Toni's Tree House and the Hamilton Children's GardenSan Diego Architectural Foundation2009
Intelligent Use of Water Award FinalistRain Bird2009
First Place Outstanding Display at San Diego County FairSan Diego Horticulture Society2010
$10,000 Eco Ambassador AwardSan Diego Channel 8, San Diego Gas & Electrice and I Love a Clean San Diego2010
Full Participating InstitutionCenter for Plant Conservation2012
Membership for our Bamboo CollectionNorth American Plant Collections Consortium2013
10 Awards, including SDHS Don and Dorothy Walker Award for Most Outstanding Exhibit and Watersmart Landscape AwardSan Diego County Fair2013
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government?
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Tom Applegate
Company Affiliation CEA, LLP
Term Jan 2013 to Dec 2016
Board Members
Mr. Tom Applegate CEA, LLPVoting
Mr. Larry Campbell Lavine, Lofgren, Morris & Engelberg, LLP, PartnerVoting
Mr. Randi Coopersmith Latitude 33 - Planning & EngineeringVoting
Mr. John DeWald John DeWald and Associates, LLCVoting
Ms. Carol Dickinson The Donald and Elizabeth Dickinson FoundationVoting
Ms. Shaun Henry Union BankVoting
Ms. Jane Hunt Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. David Kellum San Diego County Department of Agriculture, Weights and MeasuresVoting
Ms. Sharon May Agri Service, IncVoting
Mr. Vann Parker PAREXEL ConsultingVoting
Mr. Mark Petrie Hokanson Associates, Inc.Voting
Ms. Arlene Prater Best Best & Krieger LLPVoting
Dr. William Rawlings Affiliated Dental SpecialistsVoting
Mr. Jim Ruecker Barona Resort and CasinoVoting
Ms. Kitty Sparrow Community VolunteerNonVoting
Ms. Kathleen Thuner RetiredVoting
Ms. Joyce Wilder Community VolunteerVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 16
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 56%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 28%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Julian Duval
Term Start 1995
Experience Julian Duval came to San Diego Botanic Garden from the Indianapolis Zoo and Gardens, where he was VP of Zoological and Botanical Collections.
Senior Staff
Title Director of Development
Title Director of Horticulture
Title Director of Operations
Full Time Staff 23
Part Time Staff 7
Volunteers 350
Contractors 2
Retention Rate 72%
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2013
Fiscal Year End June 30 2014
Projected Revenue $2,126,825.00
Projected Expenses $2,126,825.00
Endowment Value $0.00
Spending Policy N/A
IRS Letter of Exemption
IRS Letter of Determination of Tax Exempt Status
IRS Letter and Fictitious Business Name statement
Detail Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$33,950$25,000$0
Individual Contributions$549,747$1,022,583$392,014
Investment Income, Net of Losses$28,694$23,910$20,028
Membership Dues$583,714$0$530,487
Special Events$110,460$99,770$138,060
Revenue In-Kind$0$236,745$269,676
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$1,755,364$1,381,258$1,926,794
Administration Expense$505,607$632,059$318,473
Fundraising Expense$485,185$604,565$284,494
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.860.931.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses64%53%76%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue70%53%50%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$5,464,972$2,617,882$5,841,677
Current Assets$230,884$498,664$395,803
Long-Term Liabilities$199,927$195,176$189,753
Current Liabilities$196,062$128,459$54,385
Total Net Assets$5,068,983$5,393,972$5,597,539
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.183.887.28
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets4%7%3%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Nonprofit San Diego Botanic Garden
Address 230 Quail Gardens Dr
Encinitas, CA 92024
Primary Phone 760 436-3036
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Julian Duval
Board Chair Mr. Tom Applegate
Board Chair Company Affiliation CEA, LLP
Year of Incorporation 1963
Former Names
Quail Botanical Gardens


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