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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Botanical Watercolor or Gouache

June 4, 2016 - June 5, 2016

Basic botanical painting through creating plant portraits using watercolor and/or gouache with Linda Vorobik

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Create Your Own Bonsai

June 11, 2016

We'll give you everything you need to take home your own unique bonsai

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Summer Morning Bird Walk (June)

June 15, 2016

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

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Native Herbal Medicine

June 18, 2016

Many of our California native plants have traditional uses. Join Emily Sanders to explore some in your own backyard.

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Image of Monkey flowers, CA Poppies, and Heuchera cultivars taken by Betsy Collins

Survey of California Native Garden-Worthy Plants

July 29, 2016 - August 12, 2016

Cultivation and instillation of the best of the best native California flora with Bruce Reed

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Citizen Science Club (August)

August 2, 2016

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

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A Book of Nature

August 18, 2016 - September 22, 2016

Enhance and record your experiences in nature

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Good Fungi, Good Roots, Happy Plants

August 27, 2016

Robert Kourik digs into the relationships between fungi and roots

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California Naturalist Program

September 7, 2016 - November 9, 2016

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

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Journals - Your Way!

September 14, 2016 - November 2, 2016

Experience journaling your way with guests who use a wide variety of techniques to record their observations of nature.

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