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The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a place of beauty and serenity, of education, research and conservation, of history and stewardship. We welcome you to visit and enjoy our unique native California plants exhibits in beautifully designed landscapes. With beautiful vistas to the Santa Ynez mountains and to the Channel Islands, tranquil trails through the redwoods and along Mission Creek, a wide variety of educational opportunities, and a remarkable historic landmark status, the Garden is a wonderful place to spend the day.

The Garden offers a variety of tour opportunities:

Garden visitors may enjoy a self-guided walk which includes a complimentary map and directions from a trained visitor service representative. Use our Day Planner to customize your visit.

Visitors are also invited to join a variety of docent tours for individuals and groups.  Consult our Docent Tours page for a variety of tour options.  

Public tours are offered every Saturday and Sunday at 11 am and 2 pm, and Mondays at 2 pm.  No charge with Garden admission or membership. Tours are lead by a knowledgeable docent and generally last for one hour. 

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SBBG Beer Garden: A Tasting Tour ~ February 28, 1-4:30PM

image of beer glass in the GardenZach Rosen, our cicerone and brew pilot is back! Join us for a new drinking tour of the Garden featuring beers uniquely paired with our horticultural displays.

For this second annual mini-brew fest, expect new beers and new Garden locations to explore. 

Reservations Required.

Purchase your tickets online now

  • Open to the public, ages 21 and over
  • Please carpool-parking is limited
  • The Garden will be closed to the general public all day for this event
  • Rain Date: Saturday, March 14
  • No refunds

View photos from last year's 'Botanic Beer Garden' event

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The Garden's ShinKanAn Teahouse and Garden:

image of Tea Ceremony at SBBG ~ photo by Don MatsumotoThe Teahouse is open every second Saturday of the month from Noon-2:00pm. Visitors and members are welcome to experience our ShinKanAn Teahouse and Garden. Trained Teahouse volunteers will be available to share their skills and answer questions about the rich traditions of the Japanese tea ceremony. 

Visit the ShinKanAn website
For more information about private lessons, please contact Mrs. Sokyo Kasai

View images of the Tea House Garden on the SBBGPhotos website

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