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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 

Quercus agrifolia (Coast Live Oaks); wooden benches in sitting area under large trees Copyright ©Saxon Holt/PhotoBotanic

Designing California Native Plant Gardens: A Photographers Perspective

April 11, 2015

Join Saxon Holt for a lively presentation about how to become a better garden photographer and designer!

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Bilingual Plant Guide - Lecture and Book Signing

April 13, 2015

Plant Guide: Maritime Succulent Scrub Region, Northwest Baja California, Mexico

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CNPS Channel Islands Meeting

May 21, 2015

Matt Guilliams will speak on Baja Vernal Pools

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2015 Wine & Cheese Botanic Lecture Series

May 23, 2015 - September 19, 2015

For its fifth year, the SBBG Wine and Cheese Botanic Lecture Series is bringing together the local scientific community for talks.

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Surprising Facts about Flower Pollination

May 23, 2015

Patterns are just signals of how particular flowers are adapted for pollination by bees, beetles, flies, birds, butterflies, moths, and wind.

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Botany in the Golden State

June 20, 2015

For its fifth year, the Wine and Cheese Botanic Lecture Series is bringing together the local scientific community for talks about Santa Barbara ec

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Secrets to Landscaping with Natives

July 18, 2015

For its fifth year, the Wine and Cheese Botanic Lecture Series is bringing together the local scientific community for talks about Santa Barbara ec

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The Curious Case of Baja's Chalk Dudleya

August 22, 2015

For its fifth year, the Wine and Cheese Botanic Lecture Series is bringing together the local scientific community for talks about Santa Barbara ec

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True Tales from the Urban Fringe

September 19, 2015

Find out why the wrentit won't cross the road or how our coyotes prefer fruit to cats and dogs;

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