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 a wasp taken by Frederique Lavoipierre

Entomology for Gardeners & Botanists

February 11, 2016 - March 17, 2016

Learn to identify the insects you see on plants and learn about their role in nature.

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image of Matilija Poppy in the SBBG Meadow, photo by Tricia Wardlaw

Drawing the Natives

February 12, 2016 - March 18, 2016

Botanical drawing is a time-honored way of studying and appreciating the natural world

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

Winter Morning Bird Walk (February)

February 17, 2016

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

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

Winter Morning Bird Walk (March)

March 16, 2016

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

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Image of watercolor painting by Don Matsumoto

Painting the Natives

April 1, 2016 - May 6, 2016

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

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Quercus agrifolia (Coast Live Oaks); wooden benches in sitting area under large trees Copyright Entry path between Ceanothus groundcovers in Southern California front yard native plant garden Copyright ©Saxon Holt/PhotoBotanic

The Magic of Light

April 10, 2016

A native plant photography workshop with Saxon Holt

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Image of Dudleya pulverulenta taken by Betsy Collins

Introduction to California Plant Families

April 15, 2016 - May 20, 2016

Mary Carroll leads this overview of common California plant families

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Liliaceae copyright Vorobik

Botanical Drawing

May 14, 2016 - May 15, 2016

Learn the basics for creating botanical drawings from Linda Vorobik

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Image of Botanic illustration by Dr. Linda Ann Vorobik

Botanical Illustration Series with Linda Vorobik

May 14, 2016 - June 5, 2016

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

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image of botanical artwork by Linda Vorobik

Botanical Watercolor or Gouache

June 4, 2016 - June 5, 2016

Basic botanical painting through creating plant portraits using watercolor and/or gouache with Linda Vorobik

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