Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
1212 Mission Canyon Road
Santa Barbara, CA  93105

(805) 682-4726 (Phone)   |   (805) 563-0352 (Fax)
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   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:

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:
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
    Botanic Garden

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