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 Fox tracks in silty sand taken by Mike Kresky

Wildlife Tracks at the Garden

January 26, 2018

Join expert tracker and author Mikael Kresky on a quest for animal track and sign in the garden.

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Image of Achillea millefolium taken by Kate Davis

Herbs of Winter Wellness

January 27, 2018

Series: Join local herbalist, Emily Sanders, for this 2-part course on learning how to make herbal therapies for winter wellness and make your own cold care kit using California native plants.

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Winter Wellness: Lecture

January 27, 2018

Join us for a presentation on easy to use herbal allies for winter wellness and cold care. This introductory lecture covers ten useful herbs for colds, flus, coughs, fevers and sinus congestion.

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Winter Wellness: Medicine Making

January 27, 2018

Assemble your own winter wellness kit to take home. Create herbal remedies using California native plants, including sinus steams, herbal chest rubs, cold and flu baths and bronchial remedies.

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Image of Manzanita taken by Betsy Collins

Pruning Natives Demystified

January 27, 2018

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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Image of Dried Flower Cards by Deborah Dal Zuffo

Make Valentine's Cards Workshop

February 3, 2018

Learn how to make a variety of card designs and how to incorporate natural plant materials into your festive Valentine’s Day Cards!

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Image of Dragonfly larva taken by Sally Isaacson

Entomology: Meet the Insects of Mission Creek Part 1

February 10, 2018

Explore Mission Creek, and learn about the insects that live there.

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Image of a ladybug pupa taken by Frederique Lavoipierre

Entomology for Gardeners & Botanists

February 10, 2018 - June 16, 2018

Series: What are all those insects up to? Learn more about the insects and other small critters that share our habitat.

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

Bringing the Wild Inside

February 12, 2018

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

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Image of Bryophytes taken by Amanda Heinrich

Introduction to Mosses & Relatives

February 17, 2018

Gain an appreciation of the miniature world of byrophytes – the mosses, liverworts, and hornworts.

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