Additional Resources

SBBGPhotos Website

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From this new SBBG website, you can access more than 80,000 images from the SBBG Blaksley Library archive.

Library Websites

Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries (CBHL)

Gold Coast Library Network
The Garden is a member of the Gold Coast Library Network, a non-profit organization funded by the State of California to serve all libraries - academic, public, school and special - in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. The Network's mission is to provide services that will facilitate resource sharing and connectivity among its members. The Gold Coast Library Network has 45 members and 94 participating libraries.

Santa Barbara Public Library Catalog

University of California Libraries Catalog (MELVYL)

Botany Websites

Biology Dictionary
The biology dictionary is here to help you learn about all sorts of biology terms, principles, and life forms. Search by individual topic, or by field of study.


Center for Plant Conservation
The Garden maintains conservation collections of over 25 globally threatened species from California's central coast region. More information regarding some of these species is provided through "species profiles" accessible at the Center for Plant Conservation website.

Common Names of California Native Plants
Common names (also referred to as vernacular names) are applied differently at different times and places by different users. This list is compiled from many sources and is intended to be as comprehensive as possible. It is not intended to indicate which common name is correct or preferred. Please send comments about this page to Elizabeth Painter (paintere at west dot net).

Dictionary of Botanical Epithets (what the Latin and Greek words mean)

Garden Flowers of Southern California

Index Nominum Genericorum

International Plant Names Index (IPNI)

Leaning Pine Arboretum

Native Plant Information Network (NPIN)
The Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center maintains the Native Plant Information Network (NPIN). Its goal is to assemble and disseminate information that will encourage the sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants and landscapes throughout North America.

Plants Database (USDA)

Plants for a Future Database

Tropicos (Missouri Botanical Garden)

Wildflowers of Southern California

Gardening Websites & Resources

Water Wise Native Plants for Santa Barbara County
Imagine a beautiful garden, full of life, which saves you water, time and money: a garden full of California native plants! This booklet recommends plants that are the most beautiful and reliable natives available for our local gardens. Natives are perfectly suited to our summer-dry, winter-wet climate, and are better than plants from other parts of the world at providing habitat for our pollinators and wildlife. And, unlike many exotic plants, natives will not become invasive in our wildlands.

SBBG Gardening with Natives Resources

Avas Flowers: A Guide to Butterfly Gardens

Backyard Wildlife Habitat Program

Butterfly Website

Gardening Resources Directory

Green Gardener
The Green Gardener Program for Santa Barbara County educates local gardeners in resource efficient and pollution prevention landscape maintenance practices. The Green Gardener Program is a regional program designed to offer education, training, and promotion of participating gardeners and landscape maintenance contractors. Se habla espanol: 805-564-5460

Master Gardener Helpline
The Master Gardener Helpline is both a phone and email based free service provided to the community to answer any gardening, horticultural, or plant-related questions. The Helpline is sponsored and operated by the Master Gardeners of Santa Barbara County and volunteers will return your calls and e-mails.  Phone: (805) 893-3485 or e-mail: [email protected].  Please remember to leave a detailed message and your return contact information.

Plant Information Online
Indexes thousands of plant and seed catalogs, and horticultural books and journals. It is useful for locating plants for sale, as well as for finding images, cultural information, and physical descriptions of ornamental plants. This database is available to library users onsite at the Santa Barbara Botanic Library.

Tree Care Information Brochures

University of California Pest Management and Identification (IPM)

Water Wise Garden Tours and Plant Database

Landscape Watering Calculator

Plant Databases

USDA National Plants Data Center

Jepson Interchange
Data from over 40,000 of the vascular plant specimens found in the Garden's herbarium are accessible through a cooperative effort with the Jepson Herbarium at UC Berkeley. Follow instructions for searching the database. Specimens with "SBBG" preceding the "accession id" are housed at the Garden.


Botanical and Horticultural Organizations

California Garden and Landscape History Society

California Native Plant Society (CNPS)

California Native Plant Society (CNPS) - Channel Islands Chapter (CNPSCI)

California Naturalist Program (UCCNP)
The mission of the California Naturalist Program is to foster a diverse community of naturalists and promote stewardship of California's natural resources through education and service.

Mediterranean Garden Society

University of California Cooperative Extension, Ventura County

Cultural, Civic, and Hospitality websites

Santa Barbara Visitors Guide ©2013  1-800-SantaBarbara

Santa Barbara Conference & Visitors Bureau and Film Commission
CVB Santa Barbara County the American Riviera(R) — a world-class cultural destination.

Santa Barbara Public Gardens Partnership
May is Public Gardens Appreciation Month in Santa Barbara - Get Inspired! Explore Santa Barbara's Public Gardens