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 

Picture of meadow by Dan Lindsay

Hort & Hops: Gardening the Plant Community Way

October 23, 2015

Gardening according to plant communities

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image of home garden taken by Frederique Lavoipierre

Landscape for Life

October 24, 2015 - November 14, 2015

3-week course: How to work with nature in your garden, no matter where you live

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Garden Planning with the Experts 2

October 24, 2015

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

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Tarantula Hawk picture by Lawrence Wallin

Hort & Hops: Garden Insects - the Good, the Bad, & the Ugly

October 30, 2015

Learn to recognize the good, the bad, and the ugly garden bugs

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Citizen Science Club

November 3, 2015

Would you like to learn more about citizen science at the Garden?

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Image of A Naturalist's Guide to the Santa Barbara Region book by Joan Easton Lentz

Santa Barbara Naturalist with Joan Lentz

November 7, 2015 - November 14, 2015

Two-part naturalist class give unique insight into the Santa Barbara region.

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Image of Lupine and Castilleja taken by Frank E. Ford

Hort & Hops: An Abundance of Annuals

November 13, 2015

Bring the beauty of the meadow to your home.

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Environmental Book Club (November)

November 16, 2015

Everyone is welcome to join in these lively discussions centering around a non-fiction book on an environmental topic.

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

Fall Morning Bird Walk (November)

November 18, 2015

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

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Wreaths & Garlands Workshop

December 5, 2015

Join us for this holiday workshop and take home decorations for your holiday celebrations. Materials and refreshements provided

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