Lectures & Symposia

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden sponsors lectures and special events featuring local experts, scientists, and horticulturists from around the world who address topics of local and general interest. The Garden offers occasional lecture series that focus on specific areas of interest for the Santa Barbara community. Information about currently scheduled lectures and special events is available in the Leaves of Learning portion of the Ironwood. 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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California Phenology Project Workshop

April 29, 2018

Get involved and help scientists track the changes in timing of seasonal life cycles due to climate change

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CNPS Channel Islands Meeting (May)

May 15, 2018

This month: 15 Minutes of Native Plant Fame: Local speakers share their inspiring presentations from the 2018 CNPS Conservation Conference in Los Angeles

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Summer Sips: Wine & Cheese Lecture Series

Summer Sips Series

June 9, 2018 - August 11, 2018

Summer Sips: Wine & Cheese Lecture Series kicks off its 8th year.

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Summer Sips: Oaks in Agriculture

June 9, 2018

A look at the potential of oak woodlands and savannahs across California, with the intention of supporting broad landscape regenerative agriculture. 

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Summer Sips: Botanical Treasures of Santa Cruz Island

July 14, 2018

Join us as island expert Steve Junak takes us on a historical and botanical tour of this amazing island.

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CNPS Channel Islands Meeting (July)

July 17, 2018

This month: Plant diversity at a biogeographic crossroads: the first flora of Tejon Ranch

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Summer Sips: Designing Native Gardens

August 11, 2018

Explore design tips for native gardens from Carol Bornstein.

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CNPS Channel Islands Meeting (September)

September 18, 2018

This month: Impacts of Crystaline Iceplant (Mesembryanthemum crystallinum) on the plant and arthropod diversity of San Nicolas Island

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CNPS Channel Islands Meeting (November)

November 20, 2018

This month: Search and Rescue: The Hunt for Jolon Clarkia

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