Comprehensive Campaign

The Garden seeks to expand and enhance our gardens; enrich our work in conservation and education with new, modern facilities; and increase the Garden’s long-term sustainability. 
The Seed the Future campaign will incorporate past campaigns and broaden community support.
We will raise $14 million from 2011-2016.

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Budget & Critical Components

NEW & RENEWED GARDENS:                                   $3,000,000

Our horticultural displays are the heart of our Garden, and represent an important cultural resource as well as our primary educational tool. We will restore existing historically significant gardens, such as our Meadow, in keeping with the recommendations of our Cultural Landscape Plan. We will also be expanding our Gardens to the East of Mission Canyon Road which will highlight the use of California native plants in a designed landscape while also meeting the scientific collection needs that have made the Garden a critical resource to the study of botany in California.

Structures:                                                                $6,000,000


In a time when our plant diversity is rapidly declining locally and globally, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden must provide a real, penetrating understanding of the value of plants to our biosphere and ecosystems. The Earth’s rich diversity, far more self-sustaining in the past, is now highly dependent on human maintenance and management. An expanded herbarium will provide space for the collection and storage of botanical samples, many of which are rare, endangered or extinct.


An expanded horticulture complex will provide for the care of the Garden’s living collections.


A fireproof library will safeguard the Garden’s priceless 15,000 volume collection of books and journals on horticulture, botany and California native flora. Existing facilities will benefit from long-deferred renovation and repair.

INFRASTRUCTURE & COST OF CAMPAIGN:                $2,000,000

As with all new construction, code requirements are more stringent than in the past and require the Garden to bring city water and sewer from Foothill Rd. Campaign costs include a subsidy for impact to annual giving; campaign staff and counsel; marketing materials; pledge shrinkage allowance; and construction financing.


In 1926, Anna Dorinda Blaksley Bliss donated 13 acres to the Garden and established a fund to sustain it long after she was gone. Today, over 80 years later, the Anna Blaksley Bliss trust continues to contribute to the Garden’s annual budget. In fact, the endowment supports 15% of the Garden’s operations today. Expanded and enhanced programs and buildings must be sustained. This campaign will secure additional funds to ensure the financial stability of the Garden for many years to come. This increased endowment is as much a gift to future generations as the new facilities and programs it will support.

TOTAL:                                                                   $14,000,000

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To Learn More about, or to make a donation in support of the Seed the Future Comprehensive Campaign, please call the Development Department at (805) 690-1697.


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.

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.
Our Tax ID number is 95-1644628.