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 

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Morning Bird Walk (March)

March 20, 2019

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

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An Introduction to Botanical Art

April 6, 2019

Learn the basics for creating botanical illustrations from professional botanist, botanical illustrator, and teacher, Dr. Linda Ann Vorobik.

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Better Botany through Art Series

April 6, 2019 - April 7, 2019

Hone your skills at capturing plants through drawing and painting, while  increasing your botanical vocabulary with artist Linda Vorobik.

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Botanical Watercolor

April 7, 2019

Take your watercolor skills to the next level with Dr. Linda Ann Vorobik as she taps into the intricacies of botanical watercolor.

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Garden Planning with the Experts

April 7, 2019

Make the most out of a visit to our Spring Native Plant Sale and get tips for designing a native, drought-tolerant garden.

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Yoga in the Garden (April)

April 10, 2019

Free to members, enjoy sunset yoga with a breathtaking view of Santa Barbara.

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Introduction to California Plant Families

April 12, 2019 - May 17, 2019

Mary Carroll leads this overview of common California plant families

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Enjoy Matcha: The Urasenke Way of Tea

April 13, 2019

Enjoy the spirit of ShinKanAn Teahouse through this hands-on workshop with a demonstration of the Way of Tea.

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Designing with Water Wise Natives

April 13, 2019

Learn the steps professional designers use to assure that the finished garden is beautiful, useful and sustainable by using native plants.

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Image of Installing Drip Irrigation. Photo provided by Cathie Pare

Hands-on Drip Irrigation Workshop

April 14, 2019

Water wisely by tuning into your garden's needs and tuning up your irrigation system!

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