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 Manzanita taken by Betsy Collins

Pruning Natives Demystified

November 18, 2017

Take some of the mystery out of pruning and maintaining your natives with this informative workshop led by Garden Horticulturist Bruce Reed. 

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Plant Pressing: Part 2

December 2, 2017

Join local Herbalist, Emily Sanders, on a hands on workshop to make herb pressings for the learning herbarium and personal use.

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image of a hummingbird in the Desert Section at SBBG, photo by Leonard Porzio

Morning Bird Walk (December)

December 6, 2017

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

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Wreaths, Swags, and Garlands

December 9, 2017

Make your own beautiful holiday decorations with California native plants

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Image of a Bug Hotel taken by Stephanie Ranes

Insect Hotels: Build Your Own

December 10, 2017

A hands-on workshop using natural materials to build a "hotel" that can provide a habitat for garden insects. Great for all ages.

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Image of the Meadow at the Garden by Carissa Luminess

Native Birds & Blooms in Watercolor

December 16, 2017

Create a lyrical watercolor from life and photos using vibrant india inks of flowers and birds in the garden.

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General Volunteer Training

January 6, 2018 - February 3, 2018

Come grow with us! Share your passion for native plants, natural history, and foster the conservation of California’s flora by serving as a Garden volunteer.

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Image of Plants in Horticultural Nursery taken by Tricia Wardlaw

Grow Your Own: Native Plants from Cuttings

January 12, 2018

Many California native plants are easy to propagate once you know how. Join the Garden’s expert propagator Heather Wehnau for a workshop packed with tips – and take home some cuttings ready to grow!

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Image of Roots provided by Robert Kourik

Good Fungi, Healthy Roots, Happy Natives

March 31, 2018

Join author, Robert Kourik, as he discusses the amazing beneficial fungi that promote the healthiest roots of native and ornamental plants. 

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