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 

CNPS Channel Islands Meeting (May)

May 17, 2016

CNPS welcomes Director of Education, Frederique Lavoipierre

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Image of Three Maidenhair Ferns, copyright Vorobik

Summer Sips: Illustrating the Catalina Flora

May 28, 2016

Celebrate completion of our new Catalina Island Flora.

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Summer Sips: Wine & Cheese Lecture Series

Summer Sips Series

May 28, 2016 - September 17, 2016

Summer Sips: Wine & Cheese Lecture Series kicks off its 6th year.

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Image from Star Wars the Force Awakens of BB8

Summer Sips: Intergalactic Plant Interactions

June 18, 2016

Dr. Christopher Lortie uses Star Wars themed humor to explore ecology.

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Image of Vandenberg monkey flower taken by Dieter Wilken

Summer Sips: TBA

July 16, 2016


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Image of Natalie Rossington (right) with Cal Poly graduate student Kristen Nelson (left) in front of the Wardholme Torrey Pine, which is the champion Torrey pine (Pinus torreyana), in Carpinteria. Photo by Kyle Nessen.

CNPS Channel Islands Meeting (July)

July 19, 2016

Natalie Rossington will explore the champion trees of Califronia

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Image of Juniperus occidentalis taken by Bob Haller

Summer Sips: So this Plant Walks into a Bar...

August 20, 2016

Dr. Matt Kay dissects the botany and science behind the booze.

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Image of a California Condor, © US Fish and Wildlife

Summer Sips: A Celebration of Condors

September 17, 2016

Celebrate the magnificent California Condor with Dr. Estelle Sandhaus

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