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 Heuchera cultivars taken by Jane Auerbach

Native Plants 101: The Basics

September 24, 2017

Do you want to grow some native plants but are not sure how to get started?

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Image of Beetle on Island deer-weed on Santa Cruz Island taken by Kate Davis

Entomology: Meet the Beetles

September 30, 2017

There are more beetles than any other insect. Meet some of the most commonly encountered species...

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Image of Oak Gall taken by Nancy Miller

Herbal Root Medicine

October 7, 2017

Many of our California native plants have traditional uses. Join Emily Sanders and learn about edible & medicinal roots of Santa Barbara.

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Garden Planning with the Experts

October 14, 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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iNaturalist Series

October 14, 2017

iNaturalist is one of the largest online social networks for naturalist! Learn from one of the founders and now co-director, Ken-ichi Ueda.

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iNaturalist: Introductory Workshop

October 14, 2017

In the morning, you'll learn the basics of iNaturalist.

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The Urasenke Traditional Way of Tea

October 14, 2017

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

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iNaturalist: Advanced Workshop

October 14, 2017

In the afternoon, you'll dig deeper into iNaturalist. Learn how to export data, identify observations by others more rapidly, and more.

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Good Fungi, Healthy Roots, Happy Natives

October 14, 2017

Join author, Robert Kourik, as he discusses the amazing beneficial fungi that promote the healthiest roots of native and ornamental plants. 

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

Morning Bird Walk (October)

October 18, 2017

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

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