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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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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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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Summer Garden Exploration Series

July 12, 2014 - July 26, 2014

Three hands-on, summertime, Saturday morning classes that are family friendly!

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Summer Garden Exploration: Bees and Flowers

July 12, 2014

Conservation and Education Director, Denise Knapp, leads this morning's exploration of the Garden's flowers, and the native bees that visit them.

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