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 

Desert Dandelions with Moth by Ines Roberts

A Hort and Hops Workshop Series

May 2, 2015 - May 16, 2015

Learn more about gardening successfully with California native plants

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Picture of Bird

Hort & Hops Workshop: For the Birds!

May 2, 2015

Learn how to attract birds to your garden with native plants

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Picture of Eriogonum fasciculatum var. foliolosum

Hort & Hops Workshop: Bodacious Buckwheats

May 9, 2015

Explore the wonderful range of available buckwheats

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Picture of under the oaks

Horts & Hops Workshop: Gardening the Plant Community Way

May 16, 2015

gardening according to plant communities

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image of Lesser goldfinch perched on Salvia in SBBG Meadow, photo by Tricia Wardlaw

Morning Bird Walk (May)

May 20, 2015

Be the first morning visitors in the Garden with experienced naturalist, Rebecca Coulter. Enjoy watching the diverse and beautiful bird species that make the meadow, woodlands and creek their home!

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image of Juniper bonsai by Tom Post

Bonsai Workshop

May 30, 2015

Create your own bonsai!

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Liliaceae copyright Vorobik

Botanical Drawing with Linda Vorobik

June 6, 2015 - June 7, 2015

Learn the basics for creating botanical drawings from professional botanist, botanical illustrator, and teacher, Dr.

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Liliaceae Illustrartion by Dr. Linda Ann Vorobik

Botanical Illustrations with Linda Vorobik

June 6, 2015 - June 14, 2015

We are excited to announce two fabulous botanical illustration workshops by Dr.

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image of botanical artwork by Linda Vorobik

Botanical Watercolor or Gouache Workshop with Linda Vorobik

June 13, 2015 - June 14, 2015

Basic botanical painting through creating plant portraits using watercolor and/or gouache.

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image of California quail in the ground cover display section of the Meadow at SBBG ~ photo by Tricia Wardlaw

Landscape for Life

July 11, 2015 - July 25, 2015

How to work with nature in your garden, no matter where you live!

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