The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Educating, Celebrating, Protecting, and Restoring California's Native Plants 

Advancing the Protection of Our Native Plants

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Photo Courtesy of Saxon Holt 

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is situated in Southern California's Mission Canyon, along the southern facing slopes of the Santa Ynez Mountains. Its mission is to conserve California native plants and habitats for the health and well-being of people and the planet, and to educate people on the interdependency between humans and plants highlight the importance of preserving the natural world.

The essential tenets of the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden are understanding biodiversity, protecting rare plants, restoring habitats, and engaging and mentoring the human community. The team of biologists, ecologists, researchers, conservationists, and technicians study and advocate for native plants and their value within our ecosystems to encourage long-term preservation and sustainability. Garden scientists collaborate on research projects throughout California from the Central Coast to the Channel Islands to the Sierra Nevada mountains, working to restore native habitats, prevent extinction, and recover rare plants to ensure the long-term survival of California's precious indigenous flora. 

With extensive views of the beautiful landscapes of the Santa Barbara Channel Islands and over 5 miles of hiking trails, the 78-acre Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is home to over 1,000 species of rare plants indigenous to California. In 1983, it was registered as a Santa Barbara Historic landmark.

Through events such as the Annual Conservation Symposium, presentations, tours, and publications, the Garden's programming confronts conservation challenges and enlightens the community about the benefits of supporting and protecting native habitats. The Garden offers individuals, families, and students of all ages a variety of educational programs and opportunities to explore a wide range of experiences.

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Programming - Equitable Access Initiative 


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