Plans For the Future

The Garden’s leadership is committed to the vision and spirit of our forward-thinking founders and have developed a thoughtful, well-designed plan for the improvement of the Garden to include:

  • Renewed and expanded garden displays to inspire visitors
  • Expanded research to address conservation threats
  • An expanded endowment to support these efforts

2011-2016 Goals

  • Secure the Conservation of California’s Native Plants
  • Native Plants in Every Garden
  • Ensure the Financial Stability of the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
  • Be the Center for California Native Horticulture and Ecological Education
  • Be A Role Model for Sustainable Practice in California
  • Make the Garden a Physical Expression of Our Mission While Respecting its Heritage

Strategic Plan 2011-2016

In 2011, Staff and Trustees at the Garden developed a Strategic Plan to set organizational goals and objectives of the day to day management activities of the Garden until 2016.

SBBG Landscape Master Plans

Meadow Revival Project, 2013-2015

image of wildflowers emerging in the SBBG Meadow, March 2014 ~ photo by Tricia WardlawThe Santa Barbara Botanic Garden has begun an exciting project to renew the wildflower display in the Meadow. Work on the project began in April of 2013 and is scheduled for completion in December of 2014, resulting in a fabulous wildflower display for Spring 2015!
Learn More about the Garden's Meadow Revival Project

SBBG CUP Proposed Modification

For the past three years, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden has worked with representatives of the Mission Canyon Association and Friends of Mission Canyon to modify our Conditional Use Permit (CUP). Our goal was to incorporate changes desired by both community members and the Botanic Garden, while increasing our ability to comply with the permit operationally and supporting the intent of the original CUP. I would like to share the current status of the proposed changes to the CUP with the community and address any concerns or questions before approaching the county with these recommended changes.

The Garden will host a public presentation to review the proposed changes on Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 3pm in the Blaksley Library. There will be a PowerPoint presentation, followed by a walk through to see how these changes would affect the site.

For a brief summary of the proposed changes click here, and a full version of the CUP can be accessed here.


SBBG Master Building Plan

Trustees of the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden approved a Master Development Plan which will be our guide for the coming decades. The following video provides an introduction to the new SBBG Master Building Plan and is narrated by SBBG Executive Director, Steve Windhager: