Free Seniors Day (February 27)

Date: Monday, February 27, 2017

Time: 9:00AM - 5:00PM


Location: Entire Garden & Blaksley Library

Santa Barbara Native Beauty Senior Photo Contest Slide Show

Join us in the Garden's Blaksley Library to see a slide show of the winning photographs from our photo contest along with other contest entries. Refreshments will be served. An award ceremony and reception open to all Garden visitors will be held from 2 - 3:30 pm. The images in the show are part of our 2016 photography contest designed to showcase seniors’ interpretations of our region’s renowned landscapes and native flora. The competition was judged by Santa Barbara-based photographer and author, Bill Zeldis.  Award winners include:

 First – David Cheng for “Garden Scene"

Second – Barbara Hodgdon, for “Happy Tree,”

Third -  Ines Labunski Roberts for “Weed Reflections on a Lake”

Honorable Mentions were awarded to Margaret Kay Dodd for “Quiet Splendor” and Daniel Rivera for “Crafty Recycling.”

A Destination for Seniors All Year Round:  For the third year in a row our generous sponsor,  Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels is providing six free admission days to seniors 60 years of age and better between February 27 and December 18, 2017.  Generally held on the third Monday of every other month, these unique days often will include programming just for seniors and their guests. Watch this page for updates.

No reservations are required unless you have a group of 10 or more. For group reservations, please call 805-682-4726, ext. 161 or send e-mail to (link sends e-mail). Remember to wear comfortable walking shoes and don't forget to stop by the Garden Shop for a free packet of California Poppy seeds!

Save these 2017 Free Senior Days on your calendar: February 27, April 17, June 19, August 21, October 16, and December 18

2016 Free Senior Days Program

April 18, 2016: Art in the Garden
Special guest:  plein air artist, Chris Potter

June 20, 2016: Call for Entires: Senior Photo Contest Begins
Photography contest on the theme "Santa Barbara Native Beauty"

August 15, 2016: Lemonade in the Library
Explore selections from our "non-living" collection

October 17, 2016: Fall Native Plant Sale Extravaganza
The largest native plant sale on the Central Coast

December 19, 2016: Native Wreath & Swag-making Workshop
Decorate for the holidays using this drop-in workshop using materials picked in the Garden

Our Sponsor

Welch-Ryce-Haider logo"Since 1924 Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels have been helping Santa Barbara area families celebrate life. We hope you will celebrate these special days in the Garden with your own family and friends." Steve Gibson