Native Gardens Tour

Self-Guided Tour to Celebrate California Native Plants in Beautiful Sustainable Landscapes

March 25, 2014

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

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image of California Native Plant Week logoCalifornia Native Plant Week (CNPW) at the Garden begins with a celebration of nine beautiful native gardens on an inspirational self-guided tour. The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is pleased to announce the 4th annual Cultivating the Wild: Native Gardens Tour on Sunday, April 13, 10:00am – 4:00pm. See first-hand the diversity of designs in which native plants play a leading role in gorgeous, sustainable, drought-tolerant gardens. Enjoy a rare opportunity to learn from expert Garden Docents at each location. Tickets are just $25 for Santa Barbara Botanic Garden members or $30 for non-members; advance registration is required by calling (805) 682-4726 ext. 102, emailing the SBBG Registrar, or register online. The self-guided tour includes a color program with directions and maps to each location, and free admission to the Garden anytime during Native Plant Week which is from April 12-20.

image of the Black Garden ~ photo by Andri Beauchamp image of Harriman garden ~ photo by Frederique Lavoipierre image of Schuyler-Stratton garden ~ photo by Frederique Lavoipierre

On the day of the tour, ticket holders receive free admission to the Garden, refreshments, a 15-minute tour of our newly renovated (and fully blooming!) wildflower Meadow, offered each hour, and a complimentary packet of our special 'Meadow Mix' wildflower seeds. The Garden is open 9am – 6pm daily.

The CNPW celebration continues all week at the Garden. In the Blaksley Library, an interactive exhibit on native plants in food webs and watersheds features a spectacular display of the flower species blooming currently in the Meadow and throughout the Garden. The Blaksley Library will be open 10-5pm on the weekend of April 12 and 13, and from 3-6pm each weekday afternoon April 14-18. On April 13, in conjunction with the Native Gardens Tour, several exhibitors will be at the Garden, including Santa Barbara WaterWise, Master Gardeners, Eyes in the Sky, the California Native Plant Society, and more. The Docent specialty tours on April 12 are the Meadow Revival tour at 11am and the Spring Garden tour at 2pm.

The ongoing Spring Plant Sale will showcase the Native Gardens Tour locations at the Botanic Garden, as each tour site exhibit will feature a display of native plants and a list of plants contained each garden. As always, we provide expert advice on the selection and care of California native plants.

The Cultivating the Wild: Native Gardens Tour is generously sponsored by Riviera Insurance Services, LLC, WaterWise Santa Barbara, and Corbu Construction.

For more information, or to register, please go -or- call (805) 682-4726 ext. 102, or email the SBBG Registrar

The City of Santa Barbara Water Conservation Program is promoting this tour as a way to inform the public of the Smart Landscape Rebate Program which encourages homeowners and businesses to convert to low water-use plants and efficient irrigation equipment. Pre-authorization is required for the rebate; the rebate covers 50% of the cost of irrigation, landscaping and plant purchases. Please check for full details.

To arrange an interview with Garden staff about CNPW or the Native Plant Garden Tour, or to request high-resolution photos, please contact Joni Kelly, Communications Manager at (805) 682-4726 ext. 132
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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