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

Spring Morning Bird Walk (April)

April 16, 2014

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

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Garden Planning with the Experts

April 19, 2014

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

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Garden Planning with the Experts - CANCELLED

April 26, 2014

This session has been cancelled. Please register for a session on April 5th or April 19th.

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image of California wildflower display, photo by Frank Ford

Introduction to California's Plant Families

May 2, 2014 - June 6, 2014

Join Mary Carroll for this overview of common California plant families using the Jepson Manual

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

Spring Morning Bird Walk (May)

May 21, 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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image of Blue Tarantula Hawk ~ photo by David Escamilla

Garden Allies Workshop

May 24, 2014

Learn how to recognize the beneficial insects that keep garden pests in check

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image of Juniper bonsai by Tom Post

Bonsai Workshop

May 31, 2014

Create your own bonsai!

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image of Susan Van Atta, FASLA with SBBG wildflower meadow

Susan Van Atta - Native Flower Gardens

May 31, 2014

Learn how to plan for a beautiful, flowering, sustainable garden

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Susan Van Atta and Robert Kourik

Garden Design/Drought Strategies

May 31, 2014

Make a day of it at the Garden! Join us for both Susan Van Atta's "Native Flower Garden" and Robert Kourik's "Strategies in Time of Drought" classes. Series price includes a box lunch!

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Garden Strategies for Drought

May 31, 2014

A special workshop on the interactions of soils, roots, and water

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Campaign Tours by Golf Cart—Reserve Your Spot Today!

image of SBBG's personal golf cart tourThe Garden's Seed the Future comprehensive campaign is raising much-needed funds to help the Garden protect and preserve California’s native plants. If you are interested in learning more about the Garden’s comprehensive campaign, we’d be happy to take you on a private golf cart tour.

  • Tours are offered for up to three guests at a time
  • 9:00am -or- 2:00pm, Tuesday through Friday, or by special appointment
  • Reserve your spot now: email the Registrar, or call (805) 682-4726 ext. 102