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San Diego Botanic Garden: Blue Star Opens

The Encinitas nature spread is waiving admission for military families through Monday, Sept. 4.

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    San Diego Botanic Garden: Blue Star Opens
    Rachel Cobb
    The Encinitas nature spread is waiving admission for military families through Monday, Sept. 4. The deal is part of the Blue Star Museum program, which traditionally begins on Memorial Day.

    DELIGHTFUL DEALS... can flower in summertime like a garden full of flowers, but finding those flowers — er, deals — ahead of time can be as tricky as picking out the sweetest smelling blossom. But a summer-classic special is now flowering at San Diego Botanic Garden, and it is doing so a few weeks early. It's the Blue Star Museum program, which gives "active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve," complimentary admission to a host of cultural, historical, and natural institutions and destinations around the country. The began-in-2010 program has a traditional start on Memorial Day, and a traditional last day in early September (on Labor Day), but a certain lush, shrub-packed spread in Encinitas is ready to make the deals happen a bit faster. That's right, we are talking about the San Diego Botanic Garden, which just announced that it is observing the Blue Star Museum deal opened on...

    MONDAY, MAY 1: Indeed, the beautiful spot is getting the Blue Star sweetness going "...more than 3 weeks ahead of other Blue Star Museum participants!" While there are a number of special events ahead, like the Chocolate Festival on Saturday, May 13 and a Fairy Festival later in June, you and your kin might simply long to stroll about the 37-acre property while admiring the "29 uniquely themed gardens." There's a pair of kid-fun gardens, too, if your young'uns want some play time. Picture the fresh air, the fragrant plants, the soft sunshine, and the gratis admission, which comes from a place of gratitude and respect for your service. Blue Star Museums is a wonderful program, truly, and that San Diego Botanic Garden is getting it going so early also is worthy of a high five. Details? Find them here.