Day Planner

The Garden is a pleasant place to visit in all seasons. The Garden selects and displays plants native to California in a variety of settings that depict natural habitats. From towering redwoods to delicate grasslands, over a thousand species are located on the grounds.  

We hope that these self-guided walks will enhance your enjoyment of the Garden.

Self-guided Tour Itinerary for Visitors:

We have prepared this self-guided walk for your education and enjoyment. Along the way you will gain some insight into the Garden's colorful past, while learning about California's native flora and other fascinating aspects of the natural history of our local area. Walking at a leisurely pace, the route will take you about one hour to complete.

The Self-guided Tour booklet includes historical information about the Garden and its buildings and grounds. You will also read about the origins of individual plant specimens along with information on the plants, animals, and rocks found here. Some of the plants most important to the Chumash and other California Native American groups are also featured.

  • The 26 stops along the path are marked with small numbered signs

We hope that this self-guided walk enhances your enjoyment of the Garden.
Please share your comments about this guide with our staff so that we can continue to improve our services for Garden visitors.

You may borrow a copy of the booklet and/or a laminated map of the tour route at the entrance kiosk.
Please return any borrowed materials to the entry kiosk when you leave the Garden.

Download the Self-guided Tour


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

Summer Garden Exploration Series

The Garden will be offering three Saturday morning family classes this summer:

Bees and Flowers - July 12

Creek Critters - July 19

Milkweed Community - July 26

For more information please email Frederique Lavoipierre, Education Program Manager, or call (805) 682-4726 ext. 111