Plan Your Visit

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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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

Spring Membership Drive: April, 2014

image of visitors enjoying an event in the Garden Courtyard

image of wine & cheese picnic backpackPurchase a new membership (or renew your current membership) before April 30 and automatically be entered to win 1 of 5 wine & cheese picnic backpacks along with two complimentary tickets to a Wine & Cheese Botanic Lecture at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. Prize retail value $100 each. Winners will be selected and notified on May 12.

Purchase your membership online now
-or- call our Membership Department (805) 682-4726 ext. 110

Campaign Tours by Golf Cart—Reserve Your Spot Today!

image of SBBG's personal golf cart tourThe Garden's Seed the Future comprehensive campaign is raising much-needed funds to help the Garden protect and preserve California’s native plants. If you are interested in learning more about the Garden’s comprehensive campaign, we’d be happy to take you on a private golf cart tour.

  • Tours are offered for up to three guests at a time
  • 9:00am -or- 2:00pm, Tuesday through Friday, or by special appointment
  • Reserve your spot now: email the Registrar, or call (805) 682-4726 ext. 102

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