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 

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Wine & Cheese Botanical Lecture Series:

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

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

Living on the Edge: Santa Barbara's Complex Wildland-Urban Interface: August 16

image of smoke from the Jesusita Fire (May 5, 2009) in Mission Canyon, Santa Barbara, SBBG ~ photo by Andrew WyattWine & Cheese Botanical Lecture Series:
August 16, 4-6:00PM

Max Moritz, UC Berkeley: What do we know about the ecological implications of living so close to nature? Invasive species, wildfires, and habitat loss are just some of the issues that make Santa Barbara an ideal laboratory for learning how to coexist with natural hazards under a changing climate.

Sponsoring Winery: Zaca Mesa Winery & Vineyards

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5th Annual Trails ‘n’ Tails Event: August 23

image of man and dog amongst the wildflowers at SBBGIn celebration of National Dog Day, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is hosting the 5th Annual Trails ‘n’ Tails event.
Garden visitors will receive one free admission per leashed dog to enjoy a number of exciting doggie activities!

Saturday, August 23 from 10 AM to 3 PM

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Filming Sharks and other adventures of a naturalist photographer: September 20

image of pelican by Morgan Ball PhotographyWine & Cheese Botanical Lecture Series:
September 20, 4-6:00PM

Morgan Ball, founder of Wildlands Conservation Science, talks about some of his favorite nature photographs and how he came to be in the right place at the right time. 

For a preview, visit the Morgan Ball Photography website

Wine Sponsor: Sunstone Winery

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Fall Wine Raffle: September - November, 2014

image of wine bottle with Agave plant at SBBG, photo by Virginia O'ConnorGot Wine? Donate a bottle of your favorite wine and help us raise funds for the Garden.

The Garden will raffle cases of wine donated by supporters, like you - and we’re collecting bottles now!
All donations are tax deductible.

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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

New Volunteer Orientations: September 8, October 6

image of SBBG volunteers - Volunteer Orientation 5:00pm-6:30pm Blaksley Library

Do you know someone who is interested in becoming a Garden volunteer?

Learn More about the SBBG Volunteer Program

Volunteer orientations are held every month on the first Monday.

  • Learn about the diverse volunteer opportunities and the simple steps required to get started
  • Experienced volunteers are welcome to attend 
  • Bring a friend and get the behind the scenes tour!

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Special Membership Promotion

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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

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