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San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden
3450 Dairy Creek Road
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
The mission of the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden is to display the diverse plant life of the Mediterranean climate zones of the world and to provide opportunities for education, recreation, conservation and research. Through its programs and facilities, the Garden will foster an appreciation and understanding of the relationship between people and nature and will encourage a sense of stewardship toward the natural environment.
The first seeds for the Garden were planted in 1989, with the support of San Luis County Parks Department. Incorporated in 1991, a grassroots group, the Friends of SLO Botanical Garden, began searching for an ideal site.
El Chorro Regional Park was chosen because it offered a convenient location between San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay, good soils, no horticultural limitations, and already was zoned as a public space. A 40-year renewable lease agreement was signed with San Luis Obispo County in 1993 for 150 acres.