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 Hours:
    Open Daily: March - October 9 AM -6PM; November - February 9AM-5PM; closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, & New Year's Day
Location Type:
    Botanic Garden
Payment Accepted:
    Cash,   Check,   MasterCard,   Visa,  
Languages Spoken:
    English,  
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
General Business Classification:
    Museums, Historic Sites, Attractions
    Categories:
    Botanic Garden
    Museums/Attractions/Historic

Legal Entity:
    Non Profit - 501(c)(3)
Admittance:
    During normal business hours.
Indoor/Outdoor:
    Outdoor Location
Parking On-Site?
    Yes  
Handicapped Accessible?
    Yes
Smoking?
    NOT Permitted
Cell Phones & Pagers?
    Permitted
Cameras/Recording Equip.?
    Some restrictions
Pets Allowed?
    Yes
Gift Certificates?
    Available for Sale
Classes Offered?
    Yes.

www.sbbg.org
 Recent Buzzes!!
10/23/14 - An Unlikely Fundraising Team
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Halloween Party Brings Volunteers Back to the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden ..... This Halloween, the Garden will wrap up the Community Gifts portion of their multi-year comprehensive Seed the Future campaign. The fundraising team for Community Gifts consists mostly of volunteer docents, with no fundraising experience, many of whom had once been part of a volunteer strike at the Garden. But today, they are just a few thousand dollars away from reaching their goal of raising $100,000 in small gifts from the community and winning a matching gift from the Mericos Foundation. At least one of these volunteers counts a Halloween party three years ago as part of her journey back to the heart of the Garden.
Kathie McClure,a retired school teacher, has been a docent at the Garden for 23 years. But in the spring of 2009, she joined other volunteers in a strike, to force some action on the many issues threatening the future of the Garden. By late summer, the Board took a new direction and requested the volunteers, including Kathie, be involved in the selection of a new executive director. When Steve Windhager was chosen, most of the volunteers began to trickle back. “We had cautious hopes for a new direction, but had yet to see it in action,” said Kathie.
“When Steve invited everyone: every single volunteer, staff person, trustee, donor- everyone to his house for a Halloween party that year, I was stunned. In nearly 20 years volunteering, I had never been invited to the Director’s house, or to anything with staff and trustees,” Kathie recalls. “My husband and I were dressed as hippies- with crazy wild wigs. As I stood there sharing a peace sign with a staff person, I just knew everything was going to be okay.”
Kathie still gives school tours as a docent, for the past nine months has also worked on the Community Gifts Committee with a team of other docents and volunteers to raise money for Seed the Future. “Of course, as a teacher, I believe in giving children a good future, hopefully one that is full of the beauty and diversity of the native plants that we have in the Garden.” But Kathie admits support of the mission of the Garden would probably not have been enough to get her involved in fundraising.
“It was more about family,” she says, “and maybe a few painkillers.” Kathie recalls that she had been on bed rest with pain medication due to a water skiing accident when Seed the Future Community Gifts Chair, Carolyn Kincaid Henderson, called and asked her to join the team. “I am not sure I even knew what team I was joining, but I knew I wanted to work with Carolyn and the other great volunteers from the Garden.”
With just two weeks to go, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is over 83% of the way towards reaching its goal for the Community Gifts Challenge matching gift from the Mericos Foundation. The Community Gifts Challenge is the final phase of a three year long, $14 million fundraising campaign that will allow the Garden to rebuild from the Jesusita Fire. Funds will be used to build a conservation center, plant new gardens, and create exhibit areas to enhance the Garden's ability to foster a love of California native plants through conservation, research, and education.
This Halloween, Kathie and her husband will be back at Steve’s house for the annual costume party. She won’t say what this year’s costume will be, but she does hope to be celebrating success in her first fundraising campaign. “Every donation I bring in makes me happy we never gave up on the Garden and that I am part of making this beautiful place, and beautiful family of support even brighter.”
You can help Kathie meet the goal before Halloween by showing your support with a donation of any amount at www.crowdrise.com/seedthefuture.
7/24/14 - It's Awesome Being a Dog at the Garden!
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The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is pleased to again present “Trails ‘n’ Tails” on Saturday, August 23rd, 10am until 3pm. Featuring all sorts of canine-centric activities, the Garden will be offering one free (human J) admission per each on-leash dog in celebration of National Dog Day. The Garden, always dog-friendly, will have vendor booths, giveaways, prize drawings, Santa Barbara Police Department K-9 Demonstration, City of Santa Barbara, Creeks Division about the impact of dogs on our local watershed, doggie docent tours and hikes, dog adoptions, and much more.
6/20/14 - Wine & Cheese Botanic Lecture this Sunday
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For its fourth year, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden's Wine and Cheese Botanic Lecture Series is bringing together the local scientific community for talks about Santa Barbara ecology, ancient horticultural methods, sharks, and much more. Each lecture begins with delicious appetizers, a wine tasting, and conversation with one of our local sponsoring vintners in the Garden’s Courtyard. Each one-hour lecture takes place in the Blaksley Library. Attendance is limited, so please reserve early. Consider introducing a friend to the Garden and invite them to join you at one or more of these fascinating talks.
THE SERIES:
May 17: Whatever Happened to 'Go outside and play'? ... How we can help children reconnect with nature Dan Fontaine, Executive Director, Wilderness Youth Project and Elaine Gibson, Nature Education Specialist for the SB Natural History Museum. Sponsor: Condor's Hope

June 21: Revisiting the Wisdom of Maya Food Forest Gardeners ... Ancient farming practices at an archeological site near Belize and Guatemala. Dr. Anabel Ford, UCSB archeologist. Sponsor: Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards.

July 19: Mission Creek, the Steelhead Trout Freeway ... Why we need the Southern California steelhead trout. George Johnson, The City of Santa Barbara's Creek Supervisor. Sponsor: Lucas & Llewellyn.

August 16: Living on the Edge: Santa Barbara's Complex Wildland-Urban Interface ... Learning how to coexist with natural hazards under a changing climate. Max Moritz, UC Berkeley Dept of Enviromental Science. Sponsor: Zaca Mesa Winery & Vineyards.

September 20: Filming with Sharks ... And other adventures of a naturalist photographer Morgan Ball, Founder of Wildlands Conservation Science. Sponsor: Smashberry.
Presented by ... Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
Venue ... Santa Barbara Botanic Garden  Website
4/17/14 - May is “Public Gardens Appreciation Month” in Santa Barbara County
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The Santa Barbara Public Gardens Partnership is pleased to declare the month of May as “Public Gardens Appreciation Month” in Santa Barbara County. Now in its fourth year, the Partnership celebrates the numerous – and varied – gardens here in our County available for the community’s use. There are special events, exhibits, tours, lectures, and so much more! Visit www.sbpublicgardens.org for a complete listing of all the events and activities.
The Santa Barbara Partnership has been a national leader in collaborating on this program and has inquiries from such regions as San Francisco, Philadelphia, Virginia, and Washington DC. Members of this collaboration have completed presentations at national conferences discussing our success as well.
Partnership members include: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Ganna Walska Lotusland, Casa del Herrero, City of Santa Barbara Parks & Recreation and WaterWise, Goleta Historical Society (Rancho La Patera and Stow House), Old Mission Santa Barbara, Visit Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens, Santa Barbara Chamber and Visitors Center, Simpson House Inn, to name a few.   Website
4/10/14 - SBBG Executive Director Chosen for Prestigious Getty Education Program
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The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is proud to announce that Dr. Steve Windhager has been chosen to participate in the prestigious Getty Leadership Institute (GLI) Executive Education Program for Museum Leaders. Dr. Windhager was selected as one of only 39 participants from a pool of more than 60 applicants from around the world for the 2014 program year. This is the first time that the Garden has been included in this program.   Website
1/22/14 - Save the Date! The Santa Barbara Beer Garden: A Tasting Tour -- February 22
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Santa Barbara has so many new breweries it is hard to keep count, much less try all of their wonderful new creations. For a truly unique experience, put on your walking shoes and join us for a tasting tour of six breweries sited around the Garden featuring beers selected to reflect the spirit (and taste) of some of our native California plant displays. Cicerone and Santa Barbara Sentinel columnist Zachary Rosen has designed this mini-festival of beer and food pairings and will be on hand to guide you through each selection. Admission fee includes SBBG beer mug, light snacks and a Garden map with beer stations and tasting notes.
Designated Driver: Beer Garden @ $20.00 .... includes admission to the festival, bottled water and one meal ticket. Open to the public, ages 21 and over Rain Date: Saturday, March 1 No refunds
Reservations Required
Presented by ... Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
Venue ... Santa Barbara Botanic Garden  Website
11/22/13 - This Weekend ... 20th Annual Holiday Marketplace at the Botanic Gardens
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This popular weekend event brings together local artisans in an open-air market setting. From hand-thrown ceramics to one-of-a-kind jewelry to custom-sewn textiles to adorable items for children – the Holiday Marketplace is one-stop shopping for everyone on your holiday list. Please join us at the Garden for this festive weekend of fun for all ages!
Presented by ... Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
Venue ... Santa Barbara Botanic Garden  Website
11/12/13 - Save the Date! Celebrating Children at the Garden -- December 7th
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The Garden is a beautiful and wondrous place for adults and kids alike ... a place to learn about and connect with nature in a truly experiential way, it encourages curiosity and creativity, especially as seen through the eyes of a child – in some cases for the first time.
To celebrate our community’s children, the Garden is hosting an all-day series of events beginning with the annual Family Holiday Craft Workshop, from 10:00am until Noon. Soon afterwards, at 2:00pm, the community is welcome to participate in a special ribbon-cutting for the newly installed Children’s Native Plant Alphabet Mural adjacent to the Garden’s Discovery Garden and Arroyo classroom. This collaborative art project is the culmination of several free workshops led by local art teacher Laura Denny and area families, held over the past year. And finally, immediately following the Mural’s ribbon-cutting, the general public is encouraged to attend the official grand opening reception of a Children’s Native Plant Art Exhibit in the Blaksley Library, curated from art created by 2nd grade students at Adams Elementary School in collaboration with the Incredible Children’s Art Network (iCAN) and the Garden.
Presented by ... Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
Venue ... Santa Barbara Botanic Garden  Website
9/25/13 - S.B. Botanic Garden announces Pritzlaff Award Winner ... Dr. Bruce Pavlik
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The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is pleased to announce the 2013 Honorable John C. Pritzlaff Conservation Award Dinner and Symposium. The award ceremony and dinner will be held on Thursday, October 24 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the Anacapa Room of the Montecito Country Club. Two years ago, the Garden expanded the award’s scope to include the Pritzlaff Conservation Symposium, a half-day gathering of residents, policy-makers, academics, and environmentalists to address topics critical to environmental conservation both in our region, as well as internationally.
The conservation symposium will be held on Friday, October 25 from 1 pm to 5 pm in the Santa Barbara Public Library’s Faulkner Gallery. Both events will recognize the 2013 Honorable John C. Pritzlaff Conservation Award recipient, Dr. Bruce Pavlik, Director of Restoration Ecology for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, England.
“The Garden uses the Pritzlaff Conservation Award to celebrate and call attention to our mission: conserving California’s native plants,” said Dr. Steve Windhager, Executive Director at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. “Every year we focus on the most pressing issues and concerns among leaders of the conservation community, and present the award to one of the global trailblazers in the field who is helping to solve those problems.”
Since receiving his Ph.D. in Botany in 1982, Dr. Bruce Pavlik has been a long-time instructor at both academic and government institutions, from Mills College in Oakland to the National Park Service Training Program. He has served as vice president of the California Native Plant Society, and as series editor of the California Natural History Guide series. He is currently the Head of Restoration Ecology for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Dr. Pavlik’s research has focused on the ecology of plants native to western North America, including the conservation of endangered species. Ecological restoration has become central to his research program and recent projects have emphasized the design and active management of populations and communities using field-based, experimental approaches. He has authored or co-authored more than 50 scientific and popular publications, including Oaks of California, California's Changing Landscapes and The California Deserts: An Ecological Rediscovery. Honorable John C. Pritzlaff Conservation Awards Dinner The Honorable John C. Pritzlaff Conservation Award, established in 2007, honors this former Garden Trustee’s lifelong commitment to conservation. The award serves to inspire others to understand the importance of conservation, take action, and help the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden reach its plant conservation leadership goals. The Garden will be honoring Dr. Bruce Pavlik at the 2013 Awards Dinner on Thursday, October 24, 2013 from 6:00 – 8:00pm at the Montecito Country Club, 920 Summit Road, Montecito. For ticket information, visit www.sbbg.org or call (805) 682-4726, ext. 102.
Titled “Releasing Constraints on Large-Scale Ecological Restoration,” the 2013 Pritzlaff Conservation Symposium will address why, despite numerous small-scale successes, ecological restoration is still typically underfunded and small in scale. According to conference organizer and speaker Denise Knapp, Director of Conservation and Education at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, “this topic is particularly timely, as restoring diverse habitat will maximize ecological resilience to climate change and ensure continued ecosystem services such as clean water, pollination of our food plants, soil retention, and recreational opportunities.”
As the Keynote speaker of the Symposium, Dr. Pavlik will share his thoughts on how restoration ecology can transition from a provincial discipline to a global practice. Other speakers participating in the symposium include: Dr. Phil Williams from U.C. Berkeley; Dr. Christy Brigham from the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area; and Dr. Michael White from the Tejon Ranch Conservancy. The symposium will conclude with a panel discussion and audience participation addressing strategies for increasing the reach and effectiveness of restoration in the future.  Website
4/26/13 - Wine & Cheese Botanic Themed Lecture -- tomorrow at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
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Six botanical-themed lectures with receptions in the Garden’s courtyard during the spring and summer. Sponsoring vintners provide glasses of two different premier wines for attendees; one red and one white, as well as information about each of the wines. The Garden provides appetizers for our 40-50 guests to enjoy followed by a lecture by a well-known garden expert, scientist or author.
Presented by ... Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
Venue ... Santa Barbara Botanic Garden  Website
9/6/12 - Save the Date! -- Special Presentation: The Garden's Future Development -- September 11
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Please join us in the Garden's Blaksley Library for a presentation of our plans for the Garden's future development, including the treatment of our historic landscape and building plans. Refreshments will be provided.
Please confirm your attendance via registration@sbbg.org or by calling (805) 682-4726 ext. 102. We look forward to sharing our vision and progress with you.
Thank you for your continued support of the Garden.
Venue: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.  Website
8/9/12 - Save the Date! -- Trails ‘n’ Tails -- August 25
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In honor of National Dog Day the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is pleased to offer a special invitation for the community to bring their four-legged friends to the Garden. This event will feature canine-centric activities including: FREE Admission for Visitors with a Leashed Dog; “Doggie in the Meadow” Photo Contest; Free Doggie Snacks; Canine Caricature Artist; Doggie Giveaways; Prize Drawings; Doggie Docent Tours; Dog Products for Sale; and Dog Resources & Advice.
Venue: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.  Website
7/25/12 - It's not too late to register -- Wine & Cheese Botanic Lecture Series -- Saturday
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Botanic-themed lectures are held on our courtyard starting in the Spring of 2012 and running through the end of summer. Each lecture will feature a sponsored Vintner who will provide glasses of two different premier wines for attendees; one red and one white, as well as information about each of the wines. There will also be an assortment of cheeses and crackers for ticket holders to enjoy. Open to the Public. Member Discounts available.
JULY 28 -- Channel Islands Restoration. Lecturer: Ken Owen, Executive Director of Channel Islands Restoration. Winery: Oreana Winery.
AUGUST 25 -- Reproduction of Elizabeth De Forest’s Lecture for Gardens of America. Lecturer: Sydney Baumgartner, Landscape Architect. Winery: Tercero Wines.

Venue: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.  Email   Website
7/18/12 - Save the Date! -- Mission Creek Critters Family Exploration and Discovery -- August 11
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This is a wonderful opportunity for families to get outside and explore all the critters – both seen and unseen – in the Mission Creek riparian corridor. “Mission Creek Critters: Family Exploration and Discovery!” taught by Diana Kennett, stream biologist and Judy Sanregret, Director of Education for SBBG.
“The creek is teeming with life: on the surface; in the water; and under the mud,” said Judy Sanregret, SBBG’s Director of Education. “This is the perfect opportunity for parents, grandparents, or caregivers to get outside and explore this fascinating habitat with eager young naturalists!”
Using nets and trowels provided by the Garden, participants will scoop and dig to explore the shallow pools in Mission Creek as it runs through the Garden’s canyon. From caddisfly larvae to green algae, participants will collect some critters to look at in the lab under a microscope and discover the amazing unseen world of water insects, amphibians and plants! Class participants will also learn about the Mission Creek Watershed and the role it plays in a healthy community. Participants should wear water shoes and bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the Garden after class.
The cost is free to Garden members and $5.00 per person for non-SBBG Members and reservations are required to participate.
Venue: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.  Website
6/21/12 - Book Now! -- Trip to Basin & Range Province of California -- July 31 - August 3
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Many Santa Barbarans have never visited the Basin and Range Province of California, a mere 4 ½ hours from here. This remarkable region has an amazing history and is recognized for its natural wonders ~ including the WORLD’s oldest trees. The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is pleased to announce their first all-inclusive natural history bus adventure to this area in more than 20 years.
A trip such as this gives participants a rare opportunity to witness firsthand the botanical and geological transformation of the region as the group ascends from 4,000 to 10,000 feet. There are dramatic changes to the flora as the elevation increases along with many historic locations and spectacular views of the Sierra Nevada range. Visits to the ghost town of Bodie, mining town of Randsburg, the notable town of Independence, along with the Maturango and Eastern California Museums and Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center near Lone Pine will give the group a sense of the long and storied history of the region.
The trip from Santa Barbara to the picturesque Owens Valley, east of the Sierras, will include stops in Bodie, Ridgecrest, Randsburg, Independence, and a special tour of the Bristlecone Pines which features the world’s oldest trees, plus exploration of Mono Lake where more than 90 species of waterbirds come to feed. The trip will be led by world renowned geologist, Tanya Atwater, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Geology and Tectonics at UCSB and SBBG Herbarium Curator and Botanist Steve Junak.
Participants will depart from Santa Barbara in a 32-passenger bus on Tuesday, July 31 and stay 3 nights at the Creekside Inn in Bishop, California. The bus will return to Santa Barbara on Friday, August 3. The cost for this trip is $725 for SBBG members (double occupancy); $850 for non-members (double occupancy). The trip cost includes the bus charter, 3 nights at the Creekside Inn in Bishop (double occupancy), 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and all entry fees. For registration please call 805-682-4726 x 102 or go to www.sbbg.org under “classes.” The registration deadline for this trip is July 13th.
Venue: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.  Email   Website
5/22/12 - S.B. Botanic Garden offers Free Admission to Military Personnel & Families All Summer
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The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden announced the launch of "Blue Star Museums," a collaboration among the National Endowment of the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,500 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2012. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. The complete list of participating museums is available at www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.
“We are pleased to participate in the Blue Star program and offer free admission to the brave men and women of the military,” said SBBG’s Executive Director, Dr. Steve Windhager. “It is a small token of our appreciation to the unselfish service personnel and their families for the personal sacrifices they make for our country.”
This year, more than 1,500 museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are taking part in the initiative, including more than 300 new museums this year. Museums are welcome to join Blue Star Museums throughout the summer. The effort to recruit museums has involved the partnership efforts of the American Association of Museums, the Association of Art Museum Directors, the Association of Children’s Museums, the American Association of State and Local History, and the Association of Science-Technology Centers. This year’s Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history museums, nature centers, and 70 children’s museums. The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is among this year’s newest participants including the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar in Richmond, VA, the Museum of Space History in Alamogordo, NM, the Botanical Garden in Cleveland, OH, the Children’s Creativity Museum in San Francisco, CA, the Menil Collection in Houston, TX, and the World Figure Skating Museum & Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, CO.
“Through Blue Star Museums, the arts community is extending a special invitation to military families to enjoy over 1,500 museums this summer,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “This is both an opportunity to thank military families for their service and sacrifice, as well as a chance to create connections between museums and these families that will continue throughout the year. Especially for families with limited time together, those on a limited budget, and ones that have to relocate frequently, Blue Star Museums offers an opportunity to enjoy one another and become more fully integrated into a community.”
This is the latest NEA program to bring quality arts programs to the military, veterans, and their families. Other NEA programs for the military have included Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience; Great American Voices Military Base Tour; and Shakespeare in American Communities Military Base Tour.
“As we enter the third consecutive year of the Blue Star Museums program, we are happy provide an opportunity for our nation’s service members and their families to connect with our national treasures,” said Blue Star Families CEO Kathy Roth-Douquet. “Through this distinctive collaboration between Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts and more than 1,500 museums across the United States, military families have an unparalleled opportunity to visit some of the country’s finest museums for free.”  Email   Website
5/18/12 - Save the Date! -- “Spirit of the Garden” Concert -- June 15
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As part of our “Summer Art in the Garden” program, the critically-acclaimed, New York-based ensemble, Rose & the Nightingale, will perform their “Spirit of the Garden” program. This performance, which will take place amidst the fully-blooming wildflowers of the Meadow Section, features a genre-bending blend of classical and world music, jazz, spoken word and poetry – all with a garden-inspired theme.
The concert also includes a special Opening Reception and preview of the Garden’s 90-day art installation of ten stained glass-on-glass original works themed with California landscapes and native plants by sculptor, Kathleen Crocetti.
Tickets for this very special event are limited to just 80, cost $135, include plentiful hors d’oeuvres and local wines and are available by calling 805-682-4726 ext. 102.
Venue: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.  Email   Website
3/21/12 - Annual Native Plant Sale Takes Place the Entire Month of April
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Spring is just beginning with the late rains bringing moisture to the soil. Now is the time for home gardeners to work overtime to catch up with nature’s bounty. The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden offers a terrific range of more than 5,000 California native plants that are conservation-wise and drought-tolerant along with many other interesting additions for local gardens as the season warms.
Come and enjoy shopping all throughout the month of April as the Garden’s courtyard is transformed into a botanical wonderland stocked with fascinating plants from growers across the state, with many grown locally right here at the Botanic Garden. As an added bonus, take advantage of expert planting advice from the Garden’s staff.
“Part of our mission here at the Garden is to inform the public about the benefits of using native plants in their own gardens,” said Bruce Reed, SBBG’s Nursery Manager. “Our Spring Plant Sale provides the community with the opportunity to discover these plants and to bring them home where they can flourish.” From Abutilon to Zauschneria, visitors can find a wealth of California flora in one place. All proceeds support the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Horticulture Department.
The Public Sale begins Saturday, March 31st at 10 am! Garden Members: Friday, March 30th only -- Members will enjoy an extra 5% off on all plant purchases. Shop early and receive 15% off at the register!
Venue: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.  Website
1/19/12 - Come Aboard the Garden's Natural History Cruise of Cachuma Lake!
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Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Announces Natural History Cruise at Cachuma Lake Naturalist-Led Event Features Excellent Wildlife Viewing and Explores Local Habitats Santa Barbara, CA – Thursday, January 19, 2012 Join the staff of the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden for a natural history cruise of Cachuma Lake on Thursday, February 9, 10:00am – 2:00pm. Led by Park Naturalist, Liz Gaspar, this event begins at the Neal Taylor Nature Center and discusses the rich cultural history of the area, followed by a two-hour boat cruise aboard the Osprey, a 30-passenger pontoon boat for easy wildlife viewing and exploration of the lake firsthand. Guests are sure to witness the many thriving habitats and a great variety of wildlife, birds, fish, trees, and plants. In addition, the winter season brings out resident and migratory Bald Eagles and waterfowl. Neal Taylor Nature Center is located within Cachuma Recreation Area in a picturesque old ranch house. Developed and operated by a corps of committed volunteers, it offers exhibits on the local valley and mountain environment for all ages, emphasizing hands-on exhibits to appeal to children. Established in 1988, the Nature Center was created to encourage public understanding, enjoyment, and protection of Cachuma Lake, the Upper Santa Ynez River, and the San Rafael Mountain Range Watershed. “As part of our effort to bring the Garden to the community, we have built partnerships with like-minded organizations whose missions also focus on conservation,” said SBBG’s Director of Education, Judy Sanregret. “This class will provide the public with an excellent opportunity to learn about the special habitat of Cachuma Lake and all the plants and wildlife that call it home.” Reservations must be made by January 26 and space limited to 30 people. The cost is $30 for SBBG members and $45 for non-members. All children must be four years old and older and guests are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch and dress in layers. For further information or to arrange an interview with Lead Park Naturalist, Liz Gaspar or SBBG’s Director of Education, Judy Sanregret, or to request high-res photos, please contact Joni Kelly, Communications Manager, at 805-682-4726 ext. 132 or via cell at 805-886-1869. # # # # About the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden: The Garden is a 78-acre educational and scientific institution fostering the conservation of California’s native plants and serves as a role model for sustainable practice in Santa  Email   Website
1/16/12 - Garden Growers Training Starts February 8th
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"There's no better way to learn the plants of California than to care for them!"
10 classes: Wednesdays, February 8 - April 11, 3:00pm - 5:30pm $15 materials fee
Join our 2012 training class and become a member of the Garden Growers team. These dedicated volunteers grow and sell a terrific selection of CA native plants at our retail nursery, the best place to find natives on the central coast. From propagation to planting advice, they help support the Botanic Garden by promoting the use of native plants and raising funds through daily and annual plant sales.
This ten-week training program covers tasks involved in operating a successful retail nursery, from propagation, plant care, and merchandizing to customer service. We ask participants in this training to volunteer with the Garden Growers for at least one year after completion. Continue to expand your horticultural knowledge through monthly educational meetings and field trips and great discounts on SBBG classes!   Email   Website
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