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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Winter Wellness: Medicine Making

January 27, 2018

Assemble your own winter wellness kit to take home. Create herbal remedies using California native plants, including sinus steams, herbal chest rubs, cold and flu baths and bronchial remedies.

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Image of Dried Flower Cards by Deborah Dal Zuffo

Make Valentine's Cards Workshop

February 3, 2018

Learn how to make a variety of card designs and how to incorporate natural plant materials into your festive Valentine’s Day Cards!

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Image of Cut flowers at Beer Garden taken by Kristen Hehnke, Veils & Tails Photography

Bringing the Wild Inside

February 12, 2018

Create a beautiful flower arrangement to take home using California Native Plants. Perfect for beginner to advanced floral designers.

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Image of Bryophytes taken by Amanda Heinrich

Introduction to Mosses & Relatives

February 17, 2018

Gain an appreciation of the miniature world of byrophytes – the mosses, liverworts, and hornworts.

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

Morning Bird Walk (February)

February 21, 2018

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

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Garden Growers Training

February 22, 2018 - April 12, 2018

Learn what it takes to become a Garden Growers volunteer!

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Image of bee taken by Rich Hatfield, the Xerces Society

Buzz about Native Bees

March 3, 2018

From our morning coffee to the apple pie we have for dessert, one in three mouthfuls of food and drink come to us thanks to the work of bees and ot

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Image of Channel Island Poppy taken by Nancy Miller

Herbal Medicine of Spring Flowers

March 3, 2018

Take a walk around the Garden with experienced herbalist Emily Sanders, as she covers the medicinal and edible effects of many of our amazing native spring flowers.

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Image of California Bay (umbellularia californica) taken by Dieter Wilken

Herbal Spa Kit

March 10, 2018

Learn herbal therapies for natural skin care in this 2-part workshop and take home your own native herbal spa kit.

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Image of Matilija Poppy (Romneya coulteri) taken by Steve Junak

Herbal Spa Kit: Lecture

March 10, 2018

Join us for a presentation by Emily Sanders on ten of the best native herbs used for natural skin care.

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