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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California Naturalist Program

October 1, 2014 - December 10, 2014

Join us for this innovative program developed to foster a committed corps of volunteer naturalists and citizen scientists trained and ready to take an active role in local natural resource conservation, education, and restoration!

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Native Flower Gardens

October 4, 2014

This class is sold out!

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Fall Color

Fall Color: Native Shrubs and Trees

October 10, 2014

Botanist Mary Carroll leads a tour of the Garden focusing on fall color in native trees and shrubs.

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Drought Tolerant Plants 1

October 11, 2014

Our expert staff provide guidance on choosing the right plants for your garden, in combinations that will look terrific!

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Landscape for Life

October 14, 2014 - November 11, 2014

5-week course: How to work with nature in your garden, no matter where you live. Class will meet on October 14, 21 & 28 and November 4 & 11.

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Fall Morning Bird Walk (October)

October 15, 2014

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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Drought Tolerant Plants for the Home Garden 2

October 25, 2014

Our expert staff provide guidance on choosing the right plants for your garden, in combinations that will look terrific!

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Fall Horticultural Series

November 1, 2014 - November 15, 2014

Sign up for all three Fall Horticulture Workshops for a discount!

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Gardening Under Oaks

November 1, 2014

Join Bruce Reed in a discussion of the do's and don'ts of gardening alongside the Central Coast's premiere shade tree

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Strategies for Drought with Robert Kourik

November 8, 2014

How can we use water wisely? In this time of drought, expert Robert Kourik offers a special workshop on the interactions of soils, roots, and water.

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