Ethnobotany Garden



The Ethnobotany Garden is located in the WorldBeat Cultural Center in Balboa Park.

This garden is small but has a lot of potential. The main goal here is to educate children the importance of plants to our lives, to our society, and to our planet Earth.

Organizers provide educational programs which emphasize agriculture, nutrition, and the relationship of plants to indigenous peoples.

As with all gardens, what you will see depends greatly on the season in which you visit. Spring is best for flowers whereas summer & fall are best for fruit & vegetables.

The garden was established in honor of George Washington Carver (1864-1943).

An African American born into slavery, Dr Carver pursued higher education and graduated with BSc and MSc degrees. He devoted his life to plant research and the betterment of lives through sustainable agriculture.

He is also admired for his hard work, positive attitude, humility, humanitarianism, and frugality. He was a scientist, a teacher, and a role model.


In light of this, the WorldBeat Cultural Center is pleased to bring students into the gardens and show them that they too can be young scientists. Through the Balboa Park Integration Program, the garden is an outdoor classroom for nearly 6,000 fifth-grade students.


The garden is open to the public for viewing: a walk-through may take as little as 5 minutes. But to study it and learn from it will require hands-on experience. Gardening classes are available to the public on Sundays at 11:30 am or by appointment.

To sustain and expand the ethnobotany programs, WorldBeat Cultural Center is currently accepting donations.


Ethnobotany Garden ,   map location 31
WorldBeat Cultural Center, Balboa Park
(619) 230-1190
Open daily for general viewing. Free.