Things to Know

  • The Garden Pantry in the Garden Shop offers a variety of cold drinks and snacks
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Station is available in the parking lot
  • No wheelchairs or strollers are available for rent
  • Dogs are allowed (on leash)
  • We have a Lost and Found, please call (805) 682-4726, ext. 112

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


The Garden is open rain or shine, although Red Flag Warning days may trigger mandatory closure to SBBG visitors and staff. Current weather conditions at SBBG are available via the official SBBG Online Weather Station located in Mission Canyon.


Both amateur and professional photographers are welcome to the come and capture the natural beauty of the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. If you are planning to visit, please contact Heidi Whitman, at (805) 682-4726, ext. 133, with your intended time of visit. Please also review the Amateur and Professional Photography Agreements. You may bring the appropriate one with you, or fill one out upon arrival.

Amateur Photography Agreement
Professional Photography Agreement

For commercial photography and film location use, contact Heidi Whitman at (805) 682-4726, ext. 133.

The Garden Pantry

image of the Garden Pantry in the SBBG Garden ShopThe Garden Pantry is filled with a variety of snacks and drinks plus new, healthier fare to provide plenty of energy and hydration while you walk the Garden trails. The Garden Pantry also includes a fine selection of local edible gifts sure to please any foodies. You can even make your own hot espresso drink in an instant! Come and check it out!

The Garden's ShinKanAn Teahouse and Garden:

image of Tea Ceremony at SBBG ~ photo by Don MatsumotoThe 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

View images of the Teahouse Garden on the SBBGPhotos website