Whether you are a nature-lover interested in learning more about the natural world around you, a novice home gardener who wants to learn about horticultural techniques, an advanced professional seeking specialized training, or you simply enjoy the aesthetics of nature's bounty through art or photography, the Garden's educational programs have something for everyone. Our expert staff and local professionals provide participants the opportunity to expand their knowledge by offering courses that address a range of topics for participants of all levels of knowledge and interests. 

Contact the SBBG Registrar or phone (805) 682-4726 ext. 102
To view all items on the Garden calendar at a glance, check the Program Calendar 

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Citizen Science Club & California Naturalist Open House

August 4, 2015

Would you like to learn more about citizen science at the Garden?

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Garden Explorations: Catastrophe in Mission Canyon

August 8, 2015

What on earth is the catastrophe in Mission Canyon?

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Sketching the Natives

August 21, 2015 - September 18, 2015

Botanical drawing is a time-honored way of studying and appreciating the natural world

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Digging Deeper: Understanding Soil

August 22, 2015

The time to plan for fall planting is now!

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Design Ideas for Your Native Garden: Start With a Plan

August 29, 2015

Bruce Reed, SBBG Horticulturist, presents some guiding principles for conceiving and establishing home gardens with native plants

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California Naturalist Program

September 2, 2015 - November 4, 2015

Join us for this innovative program developed to foster a committed corps of volunteer naturalists and citizen scientists.

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Morning Bird Walk (September)

September 16, 2015

Join our experienced naturalist leader Rebecca Coulter watching the diverse and beautiful bird species at the Garden!

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September 27, 2015

A special workshop and book signing featuring drip irrigation and roots expert Robert Kourik

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Putting Natives to Work: Design Tips for Any Garden

October 3, 2015

Clear some space in your garden, empty the trunk of your car, and join us for the first weekend of the Fall Plant Sale.

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