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 Song sparrow in the Meadow at SBBG, photo by Ian K. Ross

Morning Bird Walk (September)

September 19, 2018

Join Rebecca Coulter in watching the diverse and beautiful bird species at the Garden!

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Yoga in the Garden (September)

September 19, 2018

Spaces still avaliable.  Please register at the class.

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Designing with Water Wise Natives

September 22, 2018

Learn the steps professional designers use to assure that the finished garden is beautiful, useful and sustainable.

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Image of Blaksley Boulder taken by Tricia Wardlaw

Garden Tour: Shaping Santa Barbara

September 22, 2018

Learn about the forces that created our current local Santa Barbara landscape on this geologic walk around the Garden.

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Image of Garden Growers Nursery by Kristen Hehnke

Garden Planning with the Experts

October 6, 2018

Make the most out of a visit to our Fall Native Plant Sale and get tips for designing a native, drought-tolerant garden.

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Image of Boys on El Tigre taken by Denise Knapp

Natural History of the Channel Islands

October 11, 2018

Director of Conservation & Research Denise Knapp presents an overview of the natural history of the Channel Islands; the ‘Galapagos of California’.

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Image of Teahouse taken by Kristen Hehnke

Garden Tour: ShinKanAn Teahouse

October 13, 2018

The Teahouse, and its tea garden interpreted with California native plants, is the only traditional Japanese tea house open to the public on the central coast.

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Image of Drip irrigation install. Photo provided by Cathie Pare

Hands-on Drip Irrigation Workshop

October 14, 2018

Water wisely by tuning into your garden's needs and tuning up your irrigation system!

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Meditation with Sound

October 14, 2018

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 a white throated sparrow in the Garden, photo by Daryl Metzger

Morning Bird Walk (October)

October 17, 2018

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

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