Campaign Update

Together we've raised $12,357,500 towards our $14 million goal to improve plant displays, expand program capacity, and secure the Garden's financial future!

Learn More in recent editions of the Garden's Ironwood quarterly publication

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Message from the Executive Director:

Not only have the past three years been my first experience as an executive director, they have been my first experience with a campaign. This has been quite a learning experience and an exercise in faith. Fundraising is hard work but when the work is done, the outcome is both joyful and humbling. For me, these moments came in waves as you will see below – the joy of seeing Mrs. John C. Pritzlaff turning the dirt on the Garden's new Conservation Center building after nearly two decades of planning; the desire of Drs. Ken & Shirley Tucker to protect the foundations of science through endowing a much needed Systematist position at the Garden; and the creation of an invaluable new partnership with UCSB, as a result of listening to the long-time philanthropic wisdom of Ms. Sara Miller McCune. It is a pleasure to share these stories and the progress of our Seed the Future campaign with you.

Steve Windhager, Ph.D.
Executive Director

Pritzlaff Conservation Center

Golden Shovel Party

On March 20, 2014, over 100 guests gathered at the future site of the John C. Pritzlaff Conservation Center to officially kick-off commencement of building construction. The Conservation Center's major donor, Mrs. John C. Pritzlaff, joined trustees, campaign volunteers and long-time Garden supporters for the celebration. Everyone enjoyed plenty of champagne, cake, and amazing views. 

image of Mrs. John C. Pritzlaff, Dr. Steve Windhager, Dr. John Wiemann image of Dr. Steve Windhager with a family of Trustees: Amy Miller, Current Trustee, Elenora, Future Trustee, and Ladeen Miller, Alumna Trustee

image of Congresswoman Lois Capps image of Mrs. John C. Pritzlaff, with Garden Trustees John Wiemann, John Brinker, John Gabbert, and Steve Windhager, Executive Director. Ed Birch, Campaign Co-Chair cheering them on. image of Annmarie Rogers of SB Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center & Kathy Janega-Dykes of visit SB cutting the celebration cake

Event sponsors: Frank Schipper Construction, Tierra Contracting, Flowers & Associates, Douglas Singletary, and Classic Party Rentals.

View more photos from this event at

Ken & Shirly Tucker Endowment for Plant Systematist

image of Ken and Shirley TuckerShirley, a research associate at the Garden since 1995, has focused her expertise on our lichen collection. The collection contains over 40,000 specimens and is one of the most extensive collections of California lichens in existence. The Tuckers wanted to set an example of how an important position like this can be supported in perpetuity. Through their generous estate commitment, the Tuckers have made a significant and permanent difference at the Garden.

Sara Miller McCune Rare Book Collection

image of Ms. Sara Miller McCuneThrough her $250,000 gift to the Garden, local philanthropist and SAGE Publications chair and co-founder, Sara Miller McCune, named the Garden's rare book collection. With more than 750 titles dating back to the 17th century, the collection will be on loan to UCSB Library’s new Special Collections facility beginning in 2016.

"My goal in making this gift is to ensure the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden's important collection of rare books are preserved for generations to come," said Ms. Miller McCune. "These fragile treasures require the expertise, specialized care, and controlled environment provided by UCSB Library." The collaboration with UCSB provides unfettered access to this incredible compilation of natural history and environmental titles.

Read more in the Garden's press release

Meadow Revival Project

image of Spring wildflowers in the Meadow, March 2013 ~photo by Tricia WardlawThe Santa Barbara Botanic Garden has begun an exciting project to renew the wildflower display in the Meadow Section. Work on the project began in April of 2013 and is scheduled for completion in December of 2014 followed by an enhanced Spring 2015 wildflower display.

This ambitious project received major support from the Hind Foundation. The Smart Family Foundation has generously funded upgrades that will increase growing capacity at our own plant propagation nursery in support of this project.

View timelapse video through May 2013 

View Meadow Revival Project photos

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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.

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