Plan Your Visit

Garden Tours

The Garden offers public tours on 

  • Saturday & Sunday at 11am and 2pm
  • Monday at 2pm

Public tours are free with Garden admission or membership - no reservation required. If you have any questions, please email [email protected]



Explore the beauty of California’s native landscapes, from the quiet Redwood Forest to dry deserts to the Channel Islands - all in one place.

Discover history and beauty on easy hiking trails past the authentic Japanese Teahouse, the historic 1807 Mission Dam, and naturalistic gardens entirely of native plants.

Be Inspired by a stroll through the Water Wise Home Garden with drought-tolerant native plants perfect for your yard.

Learn on guided tours that reveal nature’s secrets from which plants make soap to how bees use sound waves to pollinate flowers.

Dogs on leash are welcome.

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Group Discount

Group Discounts are not available at this time except for youth groups and university classes. Please refer to COVID-19 Garden Updates for up to date information about Garden offerings.

Garden Etiquette

  • Smoking is strictly prohibited in all areas of the Garden (including the parking lot)

  • Please stay on the designated pathways and trails

  • Deposit trash and recycle in designated receptacles

  • Do not pick flowers or climb trees

  • Picnic only in the designated picnic area

  • Shirts and shoes are required at all times

  • Recreational sports (including skating, ball playing, cycling, etc.) are not permitted - bicycle racks are located in the parking lot

For Your Safety

The Garden is a place of natural beauty. In addition to our stunning native plants, the Garden’s canyon and creek is a wildlife corridor.  Please remember to:

  • Watch your step – paths can be uneven 

  • Bring water on your walk 

  • Wear a hat and sunscreen 

  • Dress in sturdy shoes with a tread 

  • Leave wildlife undisturbed 

  • Be aware - Leaves of Three ~ Let It Be! (Poison Oak!)

  • Use caution on boulder crossings of creek


Garden Closure

Sometimes the Garden must close due to unsafe conditions. The most common reason for closure is Red Flag Warnings which are called by fire officials of the County of Santa Barbara. A Red Flag Warning indicates prime fire conditions due to both high temperatures and high winds. We are required to close for Red Flag Warnings according to our Conditional Use Permit. Fire season is May through November, however this warning can go into effect at any time. We will always post a notice on our website when a Red Flag Warning is in effect and the Garden must close.

The Garden's ShinKanAn Teahouse and Garden:

Tea Ceremony by Steven LewisThe Teahouse is currently closed to visitors and members. Please refer to COVID-19 Garden Updates for up to date information about Garden offerings.

The Teahouse is open every second Saturday of the month from 11:00am-1:00pm. Visitors and members are welcome to experience our ShinKanAn Teahouse and Garden. Trained Teahouse volunteers will be available to share their skills and answer questions about the rich traditions of the Japanese tea ceremony. 

Visit the ShinKanAn website
For more information about private lessons, please contact Mrs. Sokyo Kasai(link sends e-mail)

View images of the Teahouse Garden on the SBBGPhotos website

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