Whether you are a nature-lover interested in learning more about the natural world around you, a novice home gardener who wants to learn about horticultural techniques, an advanced professional seeking specialized training, or you simply enjoy the aesthetics of nature's bounty through art or photography, the Garden's educational programs have something for everyone. Our expert staff and local professionals provide participants the opportunity to expand their knowledge by offering courses that address a range of topics for participants of all levels of knowledge and interests. 

Contact the SBBG Registrar or phone (805) 682-4726 ext. 102
To view all items on the Garden calendar at a glance, check the Program Calendar 

image of artist painting on canvas, SBBG Meadow ~ photo by Don Matsumoto

Art in the Garden: Painting the Natives

May 25, 2018

Capture the structure and beauty of native wildflowers in vibrant watercolors!

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Image of Dudleya nesiotica on Santa Cruz Island taken by Michelle Gee

Garden Tour: Island Plant Conservation

May 26, 2018

The tour will showcase the rare Channel Island plantings surrounding our new Pritzlaff Conservation Center.

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Image of Eriogonum arborescens taken by Sangeet Khalsa

Native Plant Palette: Buckwheats

June 2, 2018

Walk the Garden grounds and take an indepth look at the various species of Eriogonum and learn their role in our ecosystem, buckwheat identification and how to use them in a home landscape.

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Image of Asura in the Gallery

Meditation with Sound

June 3, 2018

Join us for this soothing meditation through the vibrations of various instruments such as Tibetan/Crystal singing bowls, voices, bells and rattles.

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Image of Cut flowers at Beer Garden taken by Kristen Hehnke, Veils & Tails Photography

Bringing the Wild Inside

June 8, 2018

SOLD OUT: Create a beautiful flower arrangement to take home using California Native Plants. Perfect for beginner to advanced floral designers.

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Herbal Medicine Walk

Herbs for First Aid Solutions: Lecture

June 9, 2018

Learn herbal therapies for first aid situations.

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Image of Achillea millefolium taken by Kate Davis

Herbs for First Aid Solutions

June 9, 2018

Series: Join local herbalist, Emily Sanders, for this 2-part course and learn about local plant allies to help with cuts, scrapes, burns, bites & stings.

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Herbs for First Aid Solutions: Kits

June 9, 2018

Create your own herbal first aid kit for cuts, scrapes, burns, bites, and stings.

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image of a white throated sparrow in the Garden, photo by Daryl Metzger

Morning Bird Walk (June)

June 20, 2018

Join our experienced naturalist leader Rebecca Coulter watching the diverse and beautiful bird species at the Garden!

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Image of Sagebrush Scrub taken by Steve Junak

Herbal Medicine of Sage Scrub Chaparral

July 7, 2018

Many of our California native plants have traditional uses. Join Emily Sanders and learn about some of the medicinal uses of native plants in the sage scrub chaparral plant community.

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