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 watercolor painting by Don Matsumoto

Art in the Garden: Painting the Natives

April 6, 2018

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

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Image of the Garden in spring taken by Natalie Rossington

Botany Basics

April 7, 2018 - April 28, 2018

An introduction to botany with Natalie Rossington

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Image of Garden Growers Nursery by Kristen Hehnke

Garden Planning with the Experts

April 7, 2018

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

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Image of Drip irrigation install. Photo provided by Cathie Pare

Hands-on Drip Irrigation Workshop

April 8, 2018

Water wisely by tuning into your garden's needs and tuning up your irrigation system!

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Image of Dudleya pulverulenta taken by Betsy Collins

Introduction to California Plant Families

April 13, 2018 - May 18, 2018

Mary Carroll leads this overview of common California plant families

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Image of Japanese Matcha

Enjoy Japanese Matcha

April 14, 2018

The Urasenke Way of Tea: Enjoy the spirit of ShinKanAn Teahouse through this hands-on workshop with a demonstration of the Way of Tea.

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image of a hummingbird in the Desert Section at SBBG, photo by Leonard Porzio

Morning Bird Walk (April)

April 18, 2018

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

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Image of native plant garden by Saxon Holt

Tell Better Stories with Your Camera

April 26, 2018

Award winning photographer Saxon Holt returns to photograph the Garden and offers a group lesson and critique session to anyone who wants to join in.

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Image of pots in nursery taken by Mary F. Platter-Rieger

Garden Planning with the Experts

April 28, 2018

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

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Image of Jumping Spider taken by David Escamilla

Entomology: Meet the Insect Kin

April 28, 2018

Meet the millipedes, centipeds, and other arthropods such as spiders, harvestmen, sowbugs, and pillbugs.

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