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Alta Vista Botanical Gardens

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy


1270 Vale Terrace DriveVISTA, CA 92084 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Alta Vista Gardens was established as a botanical garden for the education, enlightenment and inspiration of children, and the child within us all. It is a place to reflect, relax and recharge. The Gardens are a living, changing and interactive environment bringing together people, nature and art. It serves as a gathering place, an educational center, a forum for the arts and an exhibit of the most remarkable, beautiful and rare plants in the world.


Located at the top of Brengle Terrace Park in Vista, Alta Vista Botanical Gardens are 14 acres of designated gardens filled with noteworthy, beautiful and rare plants from around the world. Our garden themes include Australian, Jungle, Culinary and Medicinal Herb, Desert, Rare Fruit Forest, and the Labyrinth.

Integrated throughout the Garden are works of art created by local artists including Ricardo Becerra’s Serpent and Melissa Ralston’s The Blessings Tree. Also featured are walking trails, beautiful ponds, a cascading waterfall, shaded arbors and benches.

Special Features

  • Birds, Bugs and Butterflies Children’s Garden with fun interactive features such as a music garden and human sundial. Kid’s Classes are offered the first Saturday of each month
  • Nature trails for hiking and jogging, dogs welcome
  • The Garden Gift Shop (open Saturdays)
  • Community areas perfect for weddings and gatherings, available for rental
  • Shaded picnic tables and scenic views across Vista to the ocean
  • Animal life: turtles, birds, lizards, rabbits, squirrels, roadrunners, butterflies
  • Special Events: Meading at the Garden, Earth Day, Fall Fun Festival, Novemberfest

Alta Vista Botanical Gardens is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization sustained by donations and volunteers.

Location: 1270 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista, CA, 92084


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