Pritzlaff Conservation Center Ribbon Cutting Celebration

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden has been a leader in the conservation of California native plants since its founding in 1926. Today, 90 years later, the Garden opens a state of the art research facility built to the highest sustainability standards. Just a year and a half after the completion of the $14 million Seed the Future Campaign, the Conservation Center replaces the historic Gane House lost during the 2009 Jesusita Fire and provides increased conservation capacity. Rare and endangered native plants surround the building in the Conservation Garden while the Island View Garden provides a stunning view of the Channel Islands.

The Pritzlaff Conservation Center is named in honor of the late John Charles Pritzlaff, Jr., who served as a Garden Trustee from 1991 to 2003, to remember his inspiring commitment to conservation. His daughter Ann Symington joins Garden Executive Director Steve Windhager, Ph.D., Seed the Future Campaign Co-Chair Ed Birch, campaign donors, as well as Supervisor Salud Carbajal and Assemblymember Das Williams, in cutting the ribbon to officially open the new building.

July 18, 2016