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 

Member Event: ShinKanAn Tea Ceremony

July 29, 2017

Observe a traditional tea ceremony, enjoy a bowl of tea, and learn about the history of the Teahouse.

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California Naturalist Open House

August 1, 2017

Would you like to learn more about the California Naturalist Program?

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Meet the Native Bees

August 8, 2017

Did you know there are over 1600 species of native bees in California, pollinating thousands of species of native plants?

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A Little Habitat Goes a Long Way

August 17, 2017

Conservation Director Dr. Denise Knapp leads this discussion on native plant hedgerows and their impacts on farm biodiversity and productivity.

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Create Your Own Nature Journal

August 24, 2017 - September 28, 2017

Enhance your nature journal with instructor JoAnn Metzger. Learn and practice some of the latest artistic techniques, including eco-printing, photography, drawings, painting, poetry & more!

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Natural History of the Channel Islands

August 26, 2017

Director of Conservation & Research Denise Knapp presents an overview of the natural history of the Channel Islands; the ‘Galapagos of California’.

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Gardening Under Oaks

August 26, 2017

The Garden’s head horticulturist and certified arborist Bruce Reed leads a discussion of the do’s and don’ts of gardening alongside the Central Coast’s premier shade tree. 

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Garden Tour: Chumash Ethnobotany

August 26, 2017

Explore the Garden through a new lens as our docent guide discusses Chumash uses of our native plants.

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Native Herbs of Mountain & Chaparral

September 2, 2017

Emily Sanders, certified clinical herbalist, leads a Garden walk, exploring folk, magical, medicinal, and culinary uses of the native herbs, trees, and shrubs found in mountain and chaparral plant communities. 

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California Naturalist Program

September 6, 2017 - November 8, 2017

Join us for this innovative program developed to foster a committed corps of volunteer naturalists and citizen scientists.

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