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Things to Know

  • The Garden Pantry in the Garden Shop offers a variety of cold drinks and snacks
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Station is available in the parking lot
  • MTD bus 22 runs by request from the Mission and SB Museum of Natural History on weekends
  • No wheelchairs or strollers are available for rent
  • Dogs are allowed (on leash)
    Trails 'n' Tails event for visitors with dogs is held in August
  • We have a Lost and Found, please call (805) 682-4726 ext 112

Garden Etiquette

  • Smoking is strictly prohibited in all areas of the Garden (including the parking lot)
  • Please stay on the designated pathways and trails
  • Deposit trash and recycle in designated receptacles
  • Do not pick flowers or climb trees
  • Picnic only in the designated picnic area
  • Shirts and shoes are required at all times
  • No alcohol please
  • Recreational sports (including skating, ball playing, cycling, etc.) are not permitted - bicycle racks are located in the parking lot

For Your Safety

The Garden is a place of natural beauty. In addition to our stunning native plants, the Garden’s canyon and creek is a wildlife corridor.  Please remember to:

  • Watch your step – paths can be uneven 
  • Bring water on your walk 
  • Wear a hat and sunscreen 
  • Dress in sturdy shoes with a tread 
  • Leave wildlife undisturbed 
  • Be aware - Leaves of Three ~ Let It Be! (Poison Oak!)
  • Use caution on boulder crossings of creek

Weather

The Garden is open rain or shine, although Red Flag Warning days may trigger mandatory closure to SBBG visitors and staff. Current weather conditions at SBBG are available via the official SBBG Online Weather Station located in Mission Canyon.

Photography

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden welcomes artists and photographers to capture our natural beauty. There are limitations on equipment that amateur photographers may bring into the Garden. Please review the Photographer/Artist Guidelines prior to your entry. Professional photographers may arrange commercial access to the Garden by contacting the Communications Coordinator or call (805) 682-4726.

Private Events at the Garden

The Garden is currently not available as a venue for private receptions, weddings, and other events. For possible locations for your upcoming event, we recommend contacting the Santa Barbara Conference and Visitors Bureau.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding, enjoy your visit!

The Garden Pantry

image of the Garden Pantry in the SBBG Garden ShopThe Garden Pantry is filled with a variety of snacks and drinks plus new, healthier fare to provide plenty of energy and hydration while you walk the Garden trails. The Garden Pantry also includes a fine selection of local edible gifts sure to please any foodies. You can even make your own hot espresso drink in an instant! Come and check it out!

Meadow Revival Project

image of two young women in SBBG Meadow, surrounded by poppies and lupines, ca. 1940s, photo by Jack WilkesThe Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is excited to bring back the glory of its historic Meadow landscape display, preserving the core of this amazing historic landmark garden.

This Meadow Revival Project will be multi-faceted and time intensive, with final completion scheduled by 2015.

Timeline

  • Spring 2013 - Winter 2014

Highlights

  • Restoration of Meadow border
  • Complete Renovation of Meadow interior
  • Removal of invasive 'weedy' species
  • Restoration of preferred native species in the seed bank
  • Revitalized planting of the Meadow

Please visit the Meadow Revival Project page

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

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