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 illustration workshop taught by Vorobik, image taken by Gail Baker

Intermediate Botanical Watercolor

April 1, 2017 - April 2, 2017

Linda Vorobik returns to dive deeper into botanic watercolor

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Botanical Illustration Series with Linda Vorobik

April 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017

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

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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 Garden Growers Nursery by Kristen Hehnke

Garden Planning with the Experts

April 8, 2017

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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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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image of a hummingbird in the Desert Section at SBBG, photo by Leonard Porzio

Morning Bird Walk (April)

April 19, 2017

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

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Image of California natives taken by Paige Minney

Natives 101: Our Favorite Plants

April 22, 2017

Tour the Botanic Garden grounds with a local CA native landscape professional and get an introduction to some of the trade's favorite plants. 

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Image of Meadow in bloom taken by Randy Wright

Specialty Tour: Meadow Walk

April 22, 2017

Perfect for those with limited mobility, this Meadow Loop Tour is focused on the flora and trees growing around our 1.5 acre meadow.

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