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 Plants in Horticultural Nursery taken by Tricia Wardlaw

Grow Your Own: Native Plants from Cuttings

January 17, 2020

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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Gardening Under Oaks

January 18, 2020

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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image of Song sparrow in the Meadow at SBBG, photo by Ian K. Ross

Morning Bird Walk (January)

January 22, 2020

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

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Forest Bathing (January 2 of 2)

January 25, 2020

Allow yourself to be immersed in the serenity of a still and quiet morning on a forest bathing walk lead by Certified Forest Therapy Guide Carrie Drevenstedt.

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What's That Plant?: Tunnel Road

January 26, 2020

On this field trip Director of Education and Engagement, Scot Pipkin, will guide you on an easy hike on a local trail and introduce you to the common plants of this region.

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Morning Brew & Botany (February)

February 9, 2020

Rise and shine with new and old friends at this morning gathering, half social hour, half enlightening presentation.

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Greet the Day Stroll (February)

February 13, 2020

Greet the day while building your nature knowledge on this morning walk with our Director of Education and Engagement Scot Pipkin.

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

Morning Bird Walk (February)

February 19, 2020

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

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Image of Spring at the Garden by Natalie Love

Botany Basics Series

February 22, 2020 - March 14, 2020

Join the Garden for this crash course on botany!

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Image of Redwood Leaf by Betsy Collins

Botany Basics: Vegetative Structures

February 22, 2020

Learn the basics of how plants grow and get an overview of vegetative morphology.

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