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Lectures & Symposia

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden sponsors lectures and special events featuring local experts, scientists, and horticulturists from around the world who address topics of local and general interest. The Garden offers occasional lecture series that focus on specific areas of interest for the Santa Barbara community. Information about currently scheduled lectures and special events is available in the Leaves of Learning portion of the Ironwood. 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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The California Phenology Project

April 28, 2014

Using phenology to detect plant responses to climate change: the California Phenology Project. Come and learn: What species are we monitoring in California? How does climate affect their leafing, flowering and fruiting? Which species are most sensitive to climatic conditions?

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Whatever happened to 'Go outside and play'?

May 17, 2014

Dan Fontaine, Director of Wilderness Youth Project
Sponsoring Winery: Condor's Hope

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2014 Wine & Cheese Botanic Lecture Series

May 17, 2014 - September 20, 2014

For its fourth year, the SBBG Wine and Cheese Botanic Lecture Series is bringing together the local scientific community for talks about Santa Barbara ecology, ancient horticultural methods, sharks, and much more.

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Revisiting the Wisdom of Maya Food Forest Gardeners

June 21, 2014

Dr. Anabel Ford, UCSB archeologist
Sponsoring Winery: Alma Rosa

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Mission Creek, the Steelhead Trout Freeway

July 19, 2014

George Johnson, City of Santa Barbara's Creek Supervisor
Sponsoring Winery: Lucas & Llewllyn

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Living on the Edge: Santa Barbara's Complex Wildland-Urban Interface

August 16, 2014

Max Moritz, UC Berkeley Department of Environmental Science
Sponsoring Winery: TBD

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Filming Sharks and other adventures of a naturalist photographer

September 20, 2014

Morgan Ball, Found of Wildlands Conservation Science
Wine Sponsor: Sunstone Winery

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Campaign Tours by Golf Cart—Reserve Your Spot Today!

image of SBBG's personal golf cart tourThe Garden's Seed the Future comprehensive campaign is raising much-needed funds to help the Garden protect and preserve California’s native plants. If you are interested in learning more about the Garden’s comprehensive campaign, we’d be happy to take you on a private golf cart tour.

  • Tours are offered for up to three guests at a time
  • 9:00am -or- 2:00pm, Tuesday through Friday, or by special appointment
  • Reserve your spot now: email the Registrar, or call (805) 682-4726 ext. 102