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Cultivating the Wild: Birthday Celebration

March 25, 2016

The annual Cultivating the Wild Native Gardens Tour comes home in 2016 in honor of The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden’s 90th anniversary, showcasing new and renewed native plant displays at the Garden with special activities and programs.

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Home Demonstration Garden

Spring Native Plant Sale Buzzes with Inspiration

March 15, 2016

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden's annual Spring Native Plant Sale starts Friday, April 1 and runs through Sunday, May 1.  The Garden Growers Nursery always has a good selection of native plants, but during the Spring Native Plant Sale, more than 5,000 plants and 400 different varieties are available. And this year, you can see the easiest to grow plants in action at the newly renovated Home Demonstration Garden. Shop every day from 10am to 5:30pm with no Garden admission charge to shop.


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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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