Golden Shovel Ceremony & Celebration

After many years in the making, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is embarking on the next phase of our storied history. 

March 17, 2014

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

We encourage members of the media to cover the “Golden Shovel Ceremony” celebrating the commencement of construction on the John C. Pritzlaff Conservation Center. 

Please see details outlined below:

WHO: The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Staff, Volunteers & Board of Trustees

WHAT: A Golden Shovel Ceremony & Celebration

WHEN: Thursday, March 20th at 2-4:00pm
~ on the Vernal Equinox/first day of Spring

WHERE: 1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara
~ at construction site on EAST side of Mission Canyon Road

WHY: To celebrate the beginning of construction of the Garden's new Gold LEED-rated building including photo-op with VIPs. Cake, champagne and live entertainment will be provided.

The media is welcome to attend this event and advance RSVP is requested, if possible, due to our capacity and parking restrictions. The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is located at 1212 Mission Canyon Road in Santa Barbara. Attendance is limited by our Conditional Use Permit and only 205 people can be allowed into the Garden at one time.

To arrange an interview, request high-resolution photos and architectural renderings, or broadcast quality B-roll, please contact Joni Kelly, Communications Manager.

For more information, or to RSVP please contact the Registrar or call (805) 682-4726 ext. 102,
or RSVP online

Read more about the new Pritzlaff Conservation Center in the Ironwood

Event Sponsors

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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