Fall Plant Sale 2013

The Early Bird Gets the Best Selection! 

SBBG Home to the Largest Native Plant Sale between Los Angeles and San Francisco

September 6, 2013

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden’s Fall Plant Sale begins the first weekend of October just in time to kick-off the fall planting season. Start October off with plants already in the ground and awaiting rain. Here in Santa Barbara, autumn is the time to plant so that local gardens will be blooming come spring! 

The Garden’s month-long fundraising event begins Saturday morning, October 5th at 10:00am with an exclusive opening for Garden members. All members enter free and receive a 10% discount on purchases. At Noon, the public is welcome, and can enter the Garden free for to shop. The Fall Plant Sale continues through Sunday, November 3rd, with multiple deliveries throughout the month, ensuring a vast selection. More than 5,000 plants and over 450 different varieties will be presented in this, the largest retail collection of native Californian plants on the Central Coast. 

“Part of our mission at the Garden is to help spread the word about the benefits of planting natives, and to bring these increasingly rare plants to the general public to put into their own gardens,” said Bruce Reed, SBBG’s Horticulturist and Nursery Manager. “Our Fall Plant Sale provides the community with the opportunity to discover these plants and to bring them home.” 

Guests will enjoy shopping throughout the month of October as the Garden’s Courtyard is transformed into a botanical wonderland stocked with fascinating plants from growers across the state, and many grown right here at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. Shop early as the rare and hard-to-find species will go fast. As always, Garden staff and volunteers are available to provide expert planting advice ~ free of charge. 

From Abutilon to Zauschneria, visitors can find a wealth of California’s native flora in one place. All proceeds from this plant sale support the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden general fund. 

2013 Fall Plant Sale 

Date: Sat, Oct 5 through Sun, Nov 3 

Time: Open Daily from 10:00am – 5:30pm 

Location: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, 1212 Mission Canyon Road 

Cost: Free to Shop

Fall Plant Sale on SBBG.org 

Habitat Gardening with Native Plants - featuring a lecture and tour with Kate Frey

image of Kate FreyJoin the Garden for the opening kick-off weekend of the annual Fall Plant Sale. The event will feature a keynote presentation from consultant, garden designer, and freelance garden writer, Kate Frey.

Kate specializes in creating habitat for pollinators, birds, and other garden-friendly wildlife, with an emphasis on California native plants. (bottom left photo)
Her marvelous gardens at Fetzer Vineyards in Hopland, Mendocino County, propelled her to international prominence when Fetzer sponsored her award-winning exhibits at the pinnacle of garden shows, the Chelsea Flower Show in the UK (
bottom photo right of Kate with the Queen of England). Kate won a Silver Gilt medal, and in later years, Gold medals; the first American to attain that high horticultural honor. 

image of Kate Frey garden design image of Kate Frey with the Queen of England at the Chelsea Flower Show in the UK

Kate’s presentations are an inspiration to any gardener seeking guidance in planning a habitat garden. Join her for this special visit to the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden on the opening weekend of the Fall Plant Sale. After her presentation, Kate will lead a Garden walk with an emphasis on habitat design, and visit the Garden Growers Nursery to guide participants in plant selection. 

Date: Sunday, October 6, 2013 

Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm 

Location: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, 1212 Mission Canyon Road 

Cost: $50.00 members/$75.00 non-members 

Contact: 805-682-4726 ext. 102 or purchase your ticket online


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About the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden: 
The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a 78-acre educational and scientific institution fostering the conservation of California’s native plants and serves as a role model for sustainable practice in Santa Barbara, California. The Garden was founded in 1926 and is among the nation’s oldest botanic gardens focused exclusively on native plants.

To arrange an interview or to request high-resolution photos, please contact:

SBBG Communications Coordinator
(805) 682-4726 ext. 132