FYI and FAQs

San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden
General Information and Frequently Asked Questions

Official Name:

Friends of the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden


3450 Dairy Creek Road, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405 (Google map)


805.541.1400 (click here for a staff contact list)



The Garden is open daily during El Chorro Regional Park hours (sunrise to sunset). Call for seasonal hours for Eve’s Garden Shop, Library, offices, and the Oak Glen Pavilion (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day)

Admission Fee:

The Garden does not charge an admission fee but donations are welcome. El Chorro Regional Park charges a per vehicle admission fee on weekends and holidays from April through September.

Unique Focus:

The Garden focuses on plants from the mediterranean climate regions of the world – California, the Mediterranean Basin, central-coastal Chile, the Western Cape Province of South Africa, and southwestern portions of South and Western Australia.

Administrative Building:

The Administrative Building houses Eve’s Garden Shop, the Garden’s Library, staff offices, and public restrooms.

Oak Glen Pavilion:

The Oak Glen Pavilion is the Garden’s educational, event and rental facility. It also includes a commercial kitchen. Both it and the Administrative Building are straw-bale constructed, energy efficient structures, and are solar powered.

Firesafe Demonstration

The Firesafe Demonstration Landscape was begun in 2012 and will demonstrate plant choices and planting techniques to help protect a home from wildfires.

Life Celebration Garden:

The Life Celebration Garden is a place to celebrate, meditate, remember and rest, and was developed in cooperation with SLO Hospice Partners in 2007.

Preview Garden:

The Preview Garden was opened in 1997 and is a 2.5 acre garden showcasing mediterranean climate plants. An outdoor amphitheater is also located in this garden.

Propagation Facilities:

The Propagation Facility is located southeast of the Preview Garden and is used for propagating plants for bi-annual plant sales, Eve’s Garden Shop, planting in the Garden, and local cooperative projects.

Children’s Garden:

The Children’s Garden is located north of the Oak Glen Pavilion and focuses on hands-on-learning about plants and cultures.


Association of Public Gardens and Arboreta (APGA), American Horticultural Society (AHS), and local Chambers of Commerce.

How big is the Garden?

The entire property of the Garden is 150 acres. Current gardens and facilities cover approximately 6 acres.

Where is the Garden
located and who owns it?

The Garden is located in El Chorro Regional Park, halfway between San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay on Highway One. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which has a 99 year lease for the 150 acre site from the SLO County Parks Department.

Where does the Garden
get its support?

The Garden is supported by membership, donations, grants, volunteers, Eve’s Garden Shop receipts, and events. We receive no operational funds from the Parks, City or County.

Are there facilities
for the handicapped?

The majority of the Garden is handicap accessible.

Are there restaurant
facilities at the Garden?

At the moment the Garden does not have food service. Fairways Restaurant, at the Dairy Creek Golf Course, is located within the Park.

Are picnic facilities

The Garden does not have picnic facilities but El Chorro Regional Park has several public day-use picnic facilities, a campground, children’s playground, and two dog parks.

How long are the trails
in the Garden and how
long does it take to see the entire Garden?

Beginning at Eve’s Garden Shop, it is a 1/8 mile south to the Preview Garden and about 250 feet north to the Children’s Garden. An average walk in the Garden takes about an hour and is about 1/3 of a mile.

Are there hiking trails
in the Garden?

There is one designated hiking trail in El Chorro Regional Park, the Eagle Rock Hiking Trail, which is accessible from the Garden. It is a 2.5 mile loop trail that leads to Eagle Rock overlooking the Garden property.

Where are the public restrooms?

Public restrooms are available in the Park opposite the main garden, in the Administration Offices building, and at the Park’s two dog parks north of the Garden.

Are dogs allowed in the Garden?

Dogs are allowed in the Garden on leash, please clean up after your pet. There are also two fenced dog parks 1/4 mile north of the Garden.