Free Senior’s Day at the Santa Barbara Botanic

March 18, 2015

Rebecca Mordini for the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

WHO:             The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden in partnership with Welch-Ryce-Haider 

WHAT:          Free Admission to the Garden for Seniors over the age of 60

WHEN:          Wednesdays,

  • March 25, 2015
  • May 20, 2015
  • July 22, 2015
  • September 23, 2015
  • November 18, 2015
  • January 20, 2016

WHERE:       1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, just half a mile up from Foothill.

 The Garden is pleased to announce a partnership with Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels to offer six free admission days to seniors over the age of 60 beginning on March 25, 2015 during regular Garden hours from 9am to 6pm.

 “Since 1924, Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels have been helping families celebrate life. What better way to celebrate the beauty of life than to host a day for seniors at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden during spring wildflower season?” asks Stephen Gibson, Partner at Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.

Wheelchair accessible paths wind around the poppies and lupine blooming in the historic meadow and down to the Home Demonstration Garden.  Easy walking trails lead to the Manzanita Section and to the authentic Japanese Teahouse.  As a special gift, seniors may pick up a free historic postcard in the Garden Gift Shop, which sells many exclusive nature inspired gifts.

“The Garden is a great place for people of all ages.  Seniors particularly enjoy the healthy, easy walking trails, opportunities for life-long learning, and becoming a part of our tight-knit volunteer community,” according to Barbara Backlund, Visitor Service Representatives Manager at the Garden.

Dirt trails throughout the Garden are uneven and may have roots and rocks, so be sure to wear sturdy shoes and watch your step.   Wheelchairs are not provided at the Garden.  Parking is limited and reservations are requested for groups of 10 or more. Please call 805-682 -4726, ext. 160 or e-mail [email protected].


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About the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden: 
The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a 78-acre educational and scientific institution fostering the conservation of California’s native plants and serves as a role model for sustainable practice in Santa Barbara, California. The Garden was founded in 1926 and is among the nation’s oldest botanic gardens focused exclusively on native plants.

To arrange an interview or to request high-resolution photos, please contact:

SBBG Communications Coordinator
(805) 682-4726 ext. 132