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Sargent Cypress standing by Porter Trail

Last Sargent Cypress Falls

February 3, 2016

February 3, 2016.  Strong winds in the area on Sunday, January 31, were responsible for the fall of a 56 year old Sargent Cypress at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.  This 60 foot tall tree has been greeting visitors at the head of the Porter Trail since it was planted in 1960 and has been a familiar marker for generations of Santa Barbara nature lovers. It was the last remaining tree of the twelve Sargent Cypress planted from the 1940’s through 1990.   

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Valentine's Picnic at the Garden

January 18, 2016

Love is in bloom at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, which is offering a unique Valentine’s date experience, a romantic picnic under the trees surrounded by early spring blossoms.  This special Valentine’s Day package includes two tickets to the Garden, delicious lunch selections from Flagstone Pantry, and a discount at the Garden Gift Shop for last minute gifts.  It is all wrapped up in a basket ready for you and your sweetheart to carry off to a secluded bench or picnic table on February 14.  A limited number of baskets are available for $55 and you must

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Bruce Reed honored by Santa Barbara County Horticultural Society

January 11, 2016

Bruce Reed, Horticulturalist at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, was recognized at the January gathering of the Santa Barbara County Horticultural Society with its highest honor, The Bouquet of the Year. It is bestowed to a person or organization that has excelled in the advancement and promotion of horticulture in the Santa Barbara area. Reed joins a prestigious list of previous award winners including Pearl Chase and Madame Ganna Walska.

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2016 Santa Barbara Beer Garden, Saturday, February 20

January 8, 2016

Native brews and native plants make the Santa Barbara Beer Garden a beer and nature lover’s dream. If you have ever wondered what beer goes with a redwood, cicerone Zach Rosen has the answer. He has worked with local craft brewers to find, or to create, just the right beers to pair with specific spots in the Garden.  Participants enjoy a beer tasting tour with Rosen, visiting ten different stations where they taste a new beer as Rosen explains the subtleties of taste and location.  Acoustic music adds ambience while the Burger Bus satisfies the munchies.

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A Santa Barbara Tradition: the Annual Holiday Marketplace

October 22, 2015

Enjoy a classic holiday tradition and set the mood for a stress-free gift giving season at the 22nd annual Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Holiday Marketplace. Generously sponsored by Perry Ford of Santa Barbara, the Marketplace will be heldNovember 20, 21 and 22, from to 4pm, with live music, family friendly activities and handcrafted gifts from over 30 artisans. Admission is free to shop. Proceeds support the Garden, a nonprofit dedicated to the rich diversity of California native plants.

 New this year:

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