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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 

Photo of Agave tequillana by Dieter Wilken

So This Plant Walks into a Bar...

July 10, 2015

Learn the fascinating botany of fermented beverages!

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CNPS Channel Islands Meeting

July 16, 2015

Jeff Bisbee will speak on Manzanita

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Spiders in the Garden

July 18, 2015

Celebrate this long-awaited field guide to California spiders

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Santa Barbara Bowl designed by Susan Van Atta

Wine & Cheese Lecture Series: Secrets to Landscaping with Natives

July 18, 2015

Susan shares her approach to sustainable design

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Dudley photo by Tom Mulroy

Wine & Cheese Lecture Series: Dudleya's Kissing Cousins: Adventures in Baja, California

August 22, 2015

an overview of this diverse, beautiful, and quintessentially Californian genus of native succulent plants

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Wine & Cheese Lecture Series: 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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