COVID-19 Garden Updates

Garden Updates: 


The Garden is open to guests every day from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Members can also visit during Members-Only hour 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. 

Santa Barbara County’s health officer order expired and the county now defers to the state order regarding COVID-19 guidelines. Following the new statewide mask mandate, fully vaccinated visitors will not be required to wear masks in the Garden.

Please refer to this page and our social media on Facebook or Instagram for up-to-date status updates.

We’re all excited to be back in the Garden, and we all are responsible for ensuring a safe, enjoyable visit. Read about our current visitor guidelines, developed in accordance with current State and Local orders, as well as with the help of our Health and Wellness Partner, Cottage Health. 

Can’t visit us in person yet? Visit Garden at Home to explore the Garden from anywhere through virtual tours, livestreams, online classes, and more.

Stay up to date with the Garden by subscribing to the Garden Gazette e-newsletter and by following us on Facebook or Instagram.




Both amateur and professional photographers are welcome to come and capture the natural beauty of the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. If you are a photographer planning to visit for the purpose of taking photos, please contact Guest Services or call (805) 682-4726 to request an Amateur or Professional Photography Permit. You may bring the appropriate one with you, or fill one out upon arrival.

For commercial photography and film location use, contact us by email at [email protected].

Click here to read our Photography Policy.