Classes

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 

Image of a Bug Hotel taken by Stephanie Ranes

Insect Hotels: Build Your Own

February 24, 2018

Rescheduled from February 10: A hands-on workshop using natural materials to build a "hotel" that can provide a habitat for garden insects. Great for all ages.

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Image of Bowls taken by Asura Serra

Meditation with Sound (evening)

February 25, 2018

SOLD OUT: Join us for this soothing meditation through the vibrations of various instruments such as Tibetan/Crystal singing bowls, voices, bells and rattles.

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Image of bee taken by Rich Hatfield, the Xerces Society

Buzz about Native Bees

March 3, 2018

One in three mouthfuls of food and drink come to us thanks to the work of bees and other pollinators, But these essential animals are at risk worldwide...

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Image of Channel Island Poppy taken by Nancy Miller

Herbal Medicine of Spring Flowers

March 3, 2018

Take a walk around the Garden with experienced herbalist Emily Sanders, as she covers the medicinal and edible effects of many of our amazing native spring flowers.

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Image of California Bay (umbellularia californica) taken by Dieter Wilken

Herbal Spa Kit

March 10, 2018

Series: Learn herbal therapies for natural skin care in this 2-part workshop and take home your own native herbal spa kit.

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Image of Matilija Poppy (Romneya coulteri) taken by Steve Junak

Herbal Spa Kit: Lecture

March 10, 2018

Join us for a presentation by Emily Sanders on ten of the best native herbs used for natural skin care.

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Herbal Spa Kit: Spa Kit Making

March 10, 2018

Join us for this hands-on workshop on creating your own herbal spa kit using California native plants.

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Image of Fire taken by Matt Kay

Fire in Paradise

March 16, 2018 - March 23, 2018

2 Friday classes & 1 Saturday field trip: Discuss adaptations and patterns of fire recovery in California plant communities and how humans are impacting the fire regime.

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Image of Salvia with honey bee taken by Gary Margeson

Native Plant Palette: Salvias

March 17, 2018

This walk will discuss the cultural care of Salvias in the home landscape, role these plants play in our chaparral and sagescrub ecosystems, and much more! 

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Image of People looking at aquatic insects in Mission Creek taken by Carolyn Pidduck

Entomology: Meet the Insects of Mission Creek Part 2

March 17, 2018

Explore Mission Creek, and learn about the insects that live there. What do they tell us about water quality? How do they rely on native plants?

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