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 

Image of flower by Linda Ann Vorobik

Desert Blooms

March 31, 2017

Explore the beauty of California’s desert flowers with botanical illustrator, Linda Ann Vorobik.

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California Phenology Project Workshop

April 29, 2017

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

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Santa Cruz Island Lecture Series

May 25, 2017 - June 22, 2017

Ever wonder what’s going on at Santa Cruz Island? Five evenings of presentations and movies about the science, history and culture of this amazing place.

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Summer Sips: Wine & Cheese Lecture Series

Summer Sips Series

June 17, 2017 - September 16, 2017

Summer Sips: Wine & Cheese Lecture Series kicks off its 7th year.

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Summer Sips: Rock Creek Wildflowers

June 17, 2017

Join the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens for the first Summer Sips lecture of the year.

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Summer Sips: Carnivorous Plants of Remote Locations

July 15, 2017

Enjoy a photographic tour of rare and exotic carnivorous plants from the mountains of South East Asia and other exotic locales.

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Summer Sips: The Natural History of Acorn Woodpeckers

August 19, 2017

Discover the unique cooperation and social behavior of one of the Garden's most prolific feathered friends, acorn woodpeckers.

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Image of Dudleya brittonii taken by Betsy Collins

Summer Sips: Botanical Treasures of the Channel Islands

September 16, 2017

Discuss the Garden’s horticultural explorations of the channel islands and the many beautiful cultivated plants that are the result.

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