Private Docent Tours

Private Docent Tours are currently unavailable. If you have any questions, please email [email protected] Please refer to COVID-19 Garden Updates for up to date information about Garden offerings.





General Information

Private Tours of the Garden are lead by our trained docent volunteers. You must make a reservation 6 weeks in advance. Tours can accomodate a maximum of 24 people. Our tours are 1 hour long and you may stay at the Garden as long as you like afterwards. You are welcome to bring food and drink to enjoy at the Garden.


The minimum cost for a tour is $200, which covers 10 people. Each additional person costs $20. For example, a group of 15 would cost $300. You will be sent an invoice and payment is due 30 days prior to your tour.


Because of the geography and shape of our parking lot, buses longer than 31 feet are not permitted. If you are coming by car, carpooling is strongly encouraged because of our limited parking.

Groups with Children

If there are children in the group, we ask that every 7 children is accompanied by 1 adult.

Tour Options

We have two tour options:

  • Garden Loop – On this journey through the Garden you’ll see our historic Meadow, iconic Redwood Forest, and enjoy the wild beauty of Mission Creek.
  • Meadow Loop – On this tour you’ll learn about the flora of our 1.5 acre Meadow and a brief history of the Garden. This tour is perfect for those with limited mobility.

Garden Closure

If the Garden must close due to unsafe conditions, your visit will need to be rescheduled. 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. Should this occur on a day when you have scheduled a visit to the Garden, we will call you to postpone your visit.


For more information, please contact the Education Department or call (805) 682-4726 ext 160. 

Private Docent Tour Registration Request


Group Details

Max 35

Primary Contact

(xxx) xxx-xxxx

Group Leader

Please provide a contact that will be with the group on the day of their tour (if different than the primary contact). It is necessary to include a cellphone number in case of last minute cancellations or emergencies.

(xxx) xxx-xxxx

Additional Information

Please provide any additional information that will help the docents prepare for your tour.