Current Events at SBBG

Current & Upcoming Programs, Events & Special Offers not to miss!

To view all items on the Garden calendar at a glance, check the Program Calendar 

Celebrate California native plants with us!

SBBG Spring Plant Sale: Saturday, March 29 - Sunday, May 4

Our month-long California native plant sale ends May 4, with new shipments arriving weekly!

Learn More about the Garden's Spring Plant Sale

Download the SBBG Garden Growers Spring 2014 plant availability list

image of SBBG Spring Plant Sale  image of native iris available at the SBBG Spring Plant Sale  A variety of native Pacific Coast image of iris at the SBBG Spring Plant Sale  image of Matilija poppy, Romneya coulteri, blooming in the SBBG Meadow

Spring Membership Drive: April, 2014

image of visitors enjoying an event in the Garden Courtyard

image of wine & cheese picnic backpackPurchase a new membership (or renew your current membership) before April 30 and automatically be entered to win 1 of 5 wine & cheese picnic backpacks along with two complimentary tickets to a Wine & Cheese Botanic Lecture at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. Prize retail value $100 each. Winners will be selected and notified on May 12.

Purchase your membership online now
-or- call our Membership Department (805) 682-4726 ext. 110

Annual Members Picnic: April 23 & 24

image of SBBG Annual Member Picnic Announcement 2013Join us for an Italian dinner buffet, live music and a children's craft workshop as we celebrate wildflowers!

This event is SOLD OUT.
To be placed on a waiting list, please email

Wine & Cheese Botanical Lecture Series: May 17 - September 20

image of wine glasses in the SBBG Meadow with wildflowers in reflection, photo by Tricia Wardlaw

May 17 - June 21 - July 19 - August 16 - September 20

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. 

Purchase the series Passport

Introduction to California's Plant Families: May 2 - June 6

image of California wildflowers, photo by Frank FordJoin Mary Carroll for this overview of common California plant families. Learn the basic terminology of plant identification, and how to use the Jepson Manual to identify plants. 
Become familiar with the characteristics of our most common California plant families. Learn More

Garden Allies Workshop: Saturday, May 24

image of Blue Tarantula Hawk wasp ~ photo by David EscamillaLearn how to recognize the beneficial insects that keep pests in check, as well as the native bees and flies that pollinate flowers. This hands-on workshopwill be taught by Frederique Lavoipierre, SBBG Education Program Manager and author of the “Garden Allies” series for Pacific Horticulture magazine.
Register for the Garden Allies Workshop

Garden Design & Strategies for Drought: May 31

images of Susan Van Atta and Robert KourikJoin us for these individual native plant garden workshops, or register for both and make a day of it!

Susan Van Atta will focus on Native Flower Garden Design 
Robert Kourik will discuss Strategies in Time of Drought
Series price includes a box lunch!

Register for both of these workshops now!

Landscape for Life: 5-week course, October 14 - November 11

image of California quail amongst the wildflowers in the groundcover display in the Meadow at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden ~ photo by Tricia Wardlaw

How to work with nature in your garden
Classes will meet on October 14, 21 & 28, November 4 & 11

Our newest certificate program was developed at the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center. Five classes cover all aspects of sustainable landscape, including soil and water resources, plant choices, design and installation. Focus on the use of native plants in drought-tolerant, ecologically healthy home gardens. Learn More

Special Membership Promotion

image of Better Homes and Gardens magazine promotion

Purchase a new membership or renew your current membership now to receive this offer!

Buy your membership online -or- call our Membership Department (805) 682-4726 ext. 110

Campaign Tours by Golf Cart—Reserve Your Spot Today!

image of SBBG's personal golf cart tourThe Garden's Seed the Future comprehensive campaign is raising much-needed funds to help the Garden protect and preserve California’s native plants. If you are interested in learning more about the Garden’s comprehensive campaign, we’d be happy to take you on a private golf cart tour.

  • Tours are offered for up to three guests at a time
  • 9:00am -or- 2:00pm, Tuesday through Friday, or by special appointment
  • Reserve your spot now: email the Registrar, or call (805) 682-4726 ext. 102

Shop Amazon Smile & Support the Garden!

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is enrolled in the Amazon Smile program

This program gives you a simple and automatic way to support SBBG and California's native plants every time you shop! AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the Garden.


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