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 Channel Island Poppy taken by Nancy Miller

Native Herbal Medicine

March 11, 2017

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

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Enjoy Japanese Matcha

March 11, 2017

Enjoy the spirit of ShinKanAn, the Japanese Teahouse, with a demonstration of the Way of Tea.

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image of Dark-eyed Junco in the Garden, photo by Michael Horns

Morning Bird Walk (March)

March 15, 2017

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

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Image of Ladybug by Frederique Lavoipierre

Introduction to Beneficial Insects

March 18, 2017

Learn how your garden allies can help your garden flourish.

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Image of watercolor painting by Don Matsumoto

Painting the Natives

March 23, 2017 - April 27, 2017

Capture the structure and beauty of native wildflowers in vibrant watercolor.

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Image of Ferns by Linda Ann Vorobik

Intermediate Botanical Watercolor

April 1, 2017 - April 2, 2017

Linda Vorobik returns to dive deeper into botanic watercolor

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Image of Fire taken by Matt Kay

Fire in Paradise

April 5, 2017 - April 15, 2017

2 Wednesday 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 Dudleya pulverulenta taken by Betsy Collins

Introduction to California Plant Families

April 7, 2017 - May 12, 2017

Mary Carroll leads this overview of common California plant families

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Image of native plant garden by Saxon Holt

Better Photos with Any Camera

April 10, 2017

Award winning garden photographer Saxon Holt returns to the photograph Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and offers a group lesson and critique session to any photographer who wants to join him in the garden.

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Image of Drip irrigation install. Photo provided by Cathie Pare

Hands-on Drip Irrigation Workshop

April 15, 2017

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

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