Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
1212 Mission Canyon Road
Santa Barbara, CA  93105
(805) 682-4726 (Phone)   |   (805) 563-0352 (Fax)
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Year Founded:
    1926

Description:
   The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is an educational and scientific institution, fostering stewardship of the natural world through inspired learning, rigorous scholarship, and premier displays.
    Located on 78 acres in the foothills just above the city, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden features exquisite exhibits of California native plants displayed in beautiful landscaped settings. Walk along a meadow, through a canyon and redwood forest, across a historic dam, and along ridge tops that offer sweeping views of the Channel Islands.
    The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is the oldest botanic garden in California dedicated to the study, conservation, and display of native flora.

Museum Category:
    Botanical

Business Categories:
    Botanic Garden,    Museums/Attractions/Historic,

Business Hours:
    Open Daily: March - October 9 AM -6PM; November - February 9AM-5PM; closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, & New Year's Day

Admission Pricing:
    $8 adults; $6 senior, teens 13-17, full time students, and active military with ID; $4 children 2-12; children under 2 free

Payment Accepted:
    Cash,   Check,   MasterCard,   Visa,  

Admittance:
    During normal business hours

Location Type:
    Botanic Garden

Languages Spoken:
    English,  

Legal Entity:
    Non Profit - 501(c)(3)

Indoor/Outdoor:
    Outdoor Location

Parking On-Site?
    Yes  

Handicapped Accessible?
    Yes

Smoking?
    NOT Permitted

Cell Phones?
    Permitted

Cameras/Recording Equip.?
    Some restrictions

Pets Allowed?
    Yes

Gift Certificates?
    Available for Sale

Classes Offered?
    Yes.


 Recent News & Buzz!!
2/2/16 - The Early Bird Gets the Worm!
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Join experienced naturalist Rebecca Fagan Coulter as she looks and listens for the diverse and beautiful birds of Mission Canyon. Be sure to bring your bird books and binoculars along on this guided exploration in search of birds of our oak woodland, riparian, and chaparral habitats.   Email   Website
2/1/16 - Valentine's Picnic at the SB Botanic Gardens
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Order one of three specially made Valentine’s Picnic baskets for a lovely afternoon spent with your loved one in our beautiful garden. Enjoy a secluded picnic with your special someone!  Website
2/1/16 - "Drawn" to native plants? This class is for you!
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Botanical drawing is a time-honored way of studying and appreciating the natural world. JoAnn McGeever Metzger teaches all levels of students from beginners to experienced artists. Join her in exploring and drawing California’s native plants.  Website
2/1/16 - Save the Date! Entomology for Gardeners & Botanists -- 2/11
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An introduction to the great diversity of insects associated with plants. Learn basic field identification, and the connections between plants, insects and the rest of the food web. Class includes lectures, garden walks and lab time.  Website
2/1/16 - Save the Date! The Carving of Cliffs and Tidepools -- 2/7
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An easy walk along the sand becomes more tricky as we cross a rocky wave-cut terrace. Beyond it we see an ancient submarine landslide recorded in the cliff, and the marine habitat within the tidepools. ... Presented by: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden ... Venue: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden  Email   Website
1/27/16 - Identify Native Plant species using one of the most valuable tools in CA Botany, the Jepson Manual
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Join botanist Mary Carroll at the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens for this hands-on introduction to the mysteries of the Jepson Manual and the basic terminology used in plant identification. Presented by: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden ... Venue: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden  Email   Website
1/27/16 - Learn about the many volunteer opportunities at the SBBG on 2/1!
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Join SBBG staff for an introduction to the different ways you can get involved in Garden activities. ... Presented by: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden ... Venue: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden  Email   Website
1/27/16 - Learn how to become a Citizen Scientist in your own community by attending this meeting at the SBBG!
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Join us at Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens for our quarterly meetings showcasing our citizen science projects in our beautiful Blakesly Library meeting room. This month we will be featuring Bumble Bee Watch and Frog Watch.
... Presented by: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden ... Venue: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden  Email   Website
1/27/16 - Learn how to properly prune your garden with experts from the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens!
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Take the mystery out of pruning and maintaining your natives in this special workshop led by the Garden's Horticulturist Bruce Reed. Presented by: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden ... Venue: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden  Email   Website
1/25/16 - Enjoy a romantic afternoon with us! Valentine's Picnic -- 2/14
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Enjoy a secluded picnic with your special someone! Order one of three specially made Valentine’s Picnic baskets from Flagstone Pantry for a lovely afternoon spent with your loved one in our beautiful garden. Then on Valentine’s day, pick up your basket and stroll through our native displays with a Valentine’s keepsake map in hand. Once you have found a special place, enjoy your locally made basket lunch in the privacy of nature. ... Presented by: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden ... Venue: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden  Email   Website
1/21/16 - Discover the 'key' to all the plants in California!
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Join botanist Mary Carroll at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden for this hands-on introduction to the mysteries of the Jepson Manual and the basic terminology used in plant identification.  Email   Website
1/20/16 - Become an Expert in Pruning with help from the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens!
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Take the mystery out of pruning and maintaining your natives in this special workshop led by the Garden's Horticulturist Bruce Reed. Join Bruce for this walking demonstration of pruning do's and don't's. Bring a hat! ... Presented by: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden ... Venue: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden  Email   Website
1/20/16 - Interested in lichens? Then this workshop at the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens is for you!
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Shelly Benson, Sonoma Co lichenologist, will lead this exploration into the lichen world. In this introductory class you will learn the basics of lichen biology and ecology. ... Presented by: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden ... Venue: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden  Email   Website
1/11/16 - Botanic Beer Garden VIP tickets go on sale Wednesday, Jan 13th
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Native brews and native plants make the Santa Barbara Beer Garden a beer and nature lover’s dream. If you have ever wondered what beer goes with a redwood, cicerone Zach Rosen has the answer. He has worked with local craft brewers to find, or to create, just the right beers to pair with specific spots in the Garden. Participants enjoy a beer tasting tour with Rosen, visiting ten different stations where they taste a new beer as Rosen explains the subtleties of taste and location. Acoustic music adds ambience while the Burger Bus satisfies the munchies. The Beer Garden runs from 1pm to 5 pm with a VIP reception at noon. The Garden will be closed to the public that day. Tickets go on sale January 13th for the VIP Lounge at $120 and January 20th for general admission at $75 with special discounts for Garden members. Tickets available only at www.sbbg.org/brews or by calling (805) 682-4726 x 102.  Email   Website
1/6/16 - Visit the SB Botanic Gardens for Free if you are 60 or better!
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Welch-Ryce-Haider wants you to be our special guests to enjoy the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. Those 60 and better admitted FREE. Enjoy the wild flowers, native plants and all the Garden has to offer. ... Presented by: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden ... Venue: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden  Website
1/6/16 - Join the California Native Plant Society as they dive into the Wildflowers of the Sierras!
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Join the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens at the next Channel Islands Chapter Meeting of the California Native Plant Society. This month, they welcome Cathy Rose as shares her new book on the Jewels of the Sierra - The Wildflowers of Rock Creek (photographs by Stephen Ingeran). ... Presented by: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden ... Venue: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden  Website
1/6/16 - Explore the Geologic History of Santa Barbara with the Botanic Gardens!
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Explore Santa Barbara through the lens of geologist and naturalist, Susie Bartz as we examine human impacts and the natural forces at play on this hike up Inspiration Point.... Presented by: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden ... Venue: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden  Email   Website
1/6/16 - Share your passion for nature by becoming a Docent at the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens!
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Begin the New Year as a member of the Botanic Garden Docent Training class and learn about California’s native plants, ecology, and wildlife. ... Presented by: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden ... Venue: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden  Email   Website
1/6/16 - Discover more about CA Native Plants in this 3 week Botany Crash Course!
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Join SBCC Professor, Matt Kay, as he provides an engaging introduction to the diversity of California’s native plants.... Presented by: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden ... Venue: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden  Email   Website
1/6/16 - Join the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens for their Monthly Morning Bird Walk
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Join experienced naturalist Rebecca Fagan Coulter as she looks and listens for the diverse and beautiful birds of Mission Canyon.... Presented by: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden ... Venue: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden   Email   Website



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