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 Acorn taken by Dieter Wilken

Garden Tour: Ethnobotany

April 28, 2018

Explore the Garden through a new lens as our docent guide discusses Chumash uses of our native plants.

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Image of Ferns by Linda Ann Vorobik

Better Botany through Art Series

May 4, 2018 - May 6, 2018

Hone your skills at sketching plants in pencil or pen for field notes or journals, while at the same time, increasing your botanical vocabulary.

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Image of Illustration class taken by Gail Baker

An Introduction to Botanical Drawing

May 4, 2018

Learn the basics for creating botanical drawings from Linda Vorobik

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Illustration of Boec vestiture by Linda Ann Vorobik

Finesse Your Botanical Drawings

May 5, 2018

Advanced botanical illustraton drawing techniques with emphasis on creating accurate drawings and using pen-and-ink.

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Image of Prickly Pear (Opunitia) flower taken by Nancy Deacon-Davis

Herbal Medicine of Desert Plants

May 5, 2018

Many of our California native plants have traditional uses. Join local herbalist, Emily Sanders, and learn about some of the medicinal uses of native desert plants.

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image of botanical artwork by Linda Vorobik

A Day of Botanical Watercolor

May 6, 2018

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

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image of Lesser goldfinch perched on Salvia in SBBG Meadow, photo by Tricia Wardlaw

Morning Bird Walk (May)

May 16, 2018

Be the first morning visitors in the Garden with experienced naturalist, Rebecca Coulter. Enjoy watching the diverse and beautiful bird species that make the meadow, woodlands and creek their home!

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Image of Bee, Bombus melanopygus taken by Robbin Thorp

Entomology: Meet the Native Bees

May 19, 2018

Did you know there are over 1600 species of native bees in California, pollinating thousands of species of native plants?

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image of artist painting on canvas, SBBG Meadow ~ photo by Don Matsumoto

Art in the Garden: Painting the Natives

May 25, 2018

Capture the structure and beauty of native wildflowers in vibrant watercolors!

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Image of Dudleya nesiotica on Santa Cruz Island taken by Michelle Gee

Garden Tour: Island Plant Conservation

May 26, 2018

The tour will showcase the rare Channel Island plantings surrounding our new Pritzlaff Conservation Center.

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