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Docent Tours

Join our docents for guided tours offered every Saturday and Sunday at 11 am and 2 pm, and Mondays at 2 pm; no charge with Garden admission or membership.

Public Tours

Seasonal Nature Walks

Offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 11 am and 2 pm and often during the week as well, this general tour is flexible and focuses on the plants in bloom during each season. Participants learn about Native American uses of plants, the interactions of plants and animals, local geology, and the history of the Garden.

Specialty Tour Series

On the first Saturday of each month at 2 pm, a tour on a special horticulture or historic topic is given in place of the Seasonal Nature Walk. For information about upcoming specialty tours please review the Garden's Calendar of Classes.

Tours for Private Groups

Private group tours may be scheduled for a nominal fee in addition to the admission fee. To schedule a tour for your group on one of the following topics, please contact the Registrar or call (805) 682-4726 ext 102.

Docent-Led Private Group Tour topics may include:

Seasonal Nature Walks

This general tour is variable and focuses on the plants in bloom during each season. You will learn about Native American uses of plants, the interactions of plants and animals, local geology, and the history of the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.

Spring and Summer Wildflower Walks

These tours focus on the plants blooming during the season. Discussion of pollination and floral adaptations are included.

Trees of California

During this special tour you will learn about the spectacular variety of trees that occur naturally in our state. From the Garden's many oak and pine species to redwoods, junipers, sycamores, maples, and more, our collections will offer insight into the great diversity of California's trees.

Native Plants for the Home Garden

This tour highlights our Home Demonstration Garden landscapes and is a survey of native water-conserving plants that beautify the home garden. You will learn about a wide variety of plants including sages, buckwheats, Ceanothus, manzanitas, and lawn alternatives. Both herbaceous and woody plants are discussed.