COVID-19 Garden Updates

Garden Status Update – As of Monday May 18th

The County of Santa Barbara’s Public Health Department has recently reclassified the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden as an ‘essential business,’ paving the way for a phased re-opening in the weeks ahead. Read the full press release here. 

The Garden is currently open to Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Members by reservation only. While we remain closed to the general public, we are very excited to begin a gradual, phased reopening of the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, beginning with limited access for our Garden Members. We are opening to our Members first to temporarily maintain a safe, limited number of Garden visitors. Learn more about membership reservation guidelines here. 

Additional Garden COVID-19 Updates:


—All on-site classes, tours, events, and programs. Many opportunities are now available virtually through Garden at Home

—Spring Plant Sale has been postponed.

Updates to previous status notice:

—Garden Growers Nursery is now available online for Members. Not a member yet? 

Garden at Home: Explore the Garden through virtual tours, livestreams, online classes, and more. 

If you have questions or concerns about a class or program you have registered for, please call (805) 682-4726, ext. 102 (classes), ext. 160 (tours) or ext. 161 (family, school, youth). For questions about your membership, please email [email protected].

General questions about the Garden can be sent to [email protected].

You can continue to stay up to date with the Garden by visiting, signing up to receive the Garden Gazette e-newsletter and by following us on Facebook or Instagram.