Save Water; Go Native!

The Garden's Annual Spring Plant Sale Takes Place the Entire Month of April

March 13, 2014

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Spring is just beginning and with little rain and drought conditions, now is the time for gardeners to plant natives in their home landscape which require significantly less water once established. The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden offers a terrific range of over 400 kinds of California native plants that are conservation-wise and drought-tolerant along with many other interesting additions for local gardens. Guests can come and enjoy shopping all throughout the month of April as the Garden's Courtyard is transformed into a botanical wonderland stocked with fascinating plants from growers across the state, with many grown locally right here at the Botanic Garden. From Abutilon to Zauschneria, visitors can find a wealth of California's plants in one place. As an added bonus, the Garden offers expert planting advice from staff and volunteers.

Here's a list of the Garden’s “Easy Eight” California native plants which any novice (or expert) can incorporate into their garden without much difficulty. These species are great "starter" plants for those wishing to ease into the use of native plants in their gardens as they are simple to grow, are appropriate for our local climate, and conserve both resources – and money.

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden's
"Easy Eight" Native Plant List:

1. Arctostaphylos 'Howard McMinn' (Manzanita)
2. Erigeron glaucus cultivars (California Seaside Daisy)
3. Iris 'Canyon Snow'
4. Rhus integrifolia (Lemonade-berry)
5. Salvia spathacea (Hummingbird Sage)
6. Ceanothus 'Ray Hartman' (California Wild Lilac)
7. Salvia 'Allen Chickering' or 'Winnifred Gilman' (Sage)
8. Heuchera cultivars (Coral Bells)

"Part of our mission here at the Garden is to inform the public about the benefits of using native plants in their own gardens," said Bruce Reed, SBBG’s Horticulturist & Nursery Manager. "Our Spring Plant Sale provides the community with the opportunity to discover these plants and to bring them home where they can flourish."

Learn more about the Annual Spring Plant Sale at SBBG

The Spring Plant Sale runs March 29th through May 4th from 10am until 5:30pm daily. No admission will be charged for visitors who are only shopping. To arrange an interview with Bruce Reed, or request high-resolution photos and broadcast quality B-roll please contact Joni Kelly, Communications Manager at 805-682-4726 ext. 132

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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