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The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a private, non-profit, research, conservation and education institution offering enriching experiences to the public.

imag of SBBG 'Donate Now' buttonContributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations are essential to support our core operations, and to build and maintain our outstanding collections and unique California native garden displays.

Go Native and give to the Garden's ANNUAL FUND today!

Often, a single decision can change your life.  Sometimes it can change the lives of others, encouraging a groundswell of effort that can change the world.

 In 1991, Andrea Adams-Morden responded to an advertisement about the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden’s docent training program. A long-time nature lover and a recent Carpinteria transplant, Andrea wanted to become involved in volunteer opportunities that broadened her understanding of environmental science. Her training at the Garden marked the beginning of a growing passion for helping others understand and appreciate our natural world. Twenty-three years later, Andrea is still leading docent tours at the Garden and at nature preserves like the Carpinteria Salt Marsh. She believes one of the Garden’s roles is to get nature back into our lives by establishing opportunities for people to work together to protect and restore our natural environment.

 Every day, the Garden inspires people to become engaged with California native plants and the unique places that support them.  Whether you are a home gardener, hiker, teacher, or busy professional, the Garden and its programs are a gateway for deepening connections to nature, ultimately ensuring its protection for future generations.

I  invite you to invest in the Garden’s work with a year-end gift to the Annual Fund. When you give to the Annual Fund, you are supporting 78 acres of living displays and historic landmarks, educational programs, and vital plant conservation and research. You are also investing in people like Andrea, who through their work in the Garden and beyond, become champions for the natural world.

 From its creation almost 90 years ago as a private, non-profit institution and the nation’s first botanic garden dedicated solely to the display and conservation of native plants, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden has depended on the continuing generosity of donors like you. Annual Fund contributions are a core source of income that impacts all of the Garden’s work, from offering educational classes and tours, to supporting pollination in local farms and wild lands, to monitoring and protecting our state’s most endangered plant species. 

Andrea’s commitment to the conservation of California native plants received recognition through the ‘COX Conserves’ Award this past September. She designated the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden as her chosen charity to receive the award money. We are thankful for her financial support and her service to the Garden and beyond.  Please consider joining Andrea and become a champion of the natural world and the Garden.

With gratitude,

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Steve Windhager, Ph.D.

Executive Director


P.S.  Keep the Garden growing all year by becoming a sustaining supporter.  Talk to our Development Office about a monthly contribution plan at (805) 682-4726 ext. 151


Numbers only tell part of our story. Over the last 12 months…

2,161,086 times the Garden’s Herbarium collection was accessed online

through the Consortium of CA Herbaria

 65,011 local, national and international visitors

13,194 hours of volunteer support

4,614 school children learning about the role of native plants in our natural world

2,385 pollinating insects collected and processed for baseline data for hedgerow research

437 different kinds of California native plants available our retail nursery

93 classes and specialty tours offered

70 California Naturalists graduated

10 funded biodiversity, rare plant and restoration research projects underway

1 historic meadow restored


The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden fosters the conservation of California's native plants through
our gardens, research and education, and serves as a role model of sustainable practices.