Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden fosters the conservation of California's native plants through our gardens, scientific research, and education programs, and serves as a role model for sustainable action. The conservation of California’s native plants is critical-the flora more diverse and at greater risk than that of any other temperate region in North America. Over the past 85 years, the Garden has helped safeguard 34 highly endangered plant species, imparted the value of plant and ecological conservation to millions of visitors, and served as a critical resource for thousands of biologists worldwide. The Garden is accredited by the American Association of Museums as a “living museum,” certifying that we maintain the highest standards of collections management, scientific research, and educational programs.

Established in 1926, the Garden is California’s oldest native plant botanic garden dedicated exclusively to native plants and is world-renowned for its naturalistic landscape. Critical to this design were Lockwood de Forest III and Beatrix Farrand, two significant 20th century landscape architects. Its historical significance is reflected in the fact that 23 of the Garden’s 78 acres were awarded Santa Barbara County Historic Landmark status in 2003. Located in the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains, the Garden’s living collections feature over 1,000 taxa of California native plants. Against this breathtaking backdrop, our exhibits have broad appeal to the public.

Our annual attendance ranges from 65,000 to 90,000 people each year. We take great pride in being a local community resource, as evidenced by the 3,500 – 5,000 participants in our classes, garden tours, and field trips. Of these, nearly half are elementary school children who take part in docent-led tours and hands-on lab workshops to supplement their classroom curriculum. 

 

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Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

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  • Gina Benesh
  • Director of Development & Communications
  • 805-690-1697
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Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

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Rebuild the Campbell Bridge

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is rebuilding the Campbell Bridge over Mission Creek, a bridge that was lost in the Jesusita Fire of 2009. We will recapture the look for the original bridge from 1941.

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Redwood Round Interpretation

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

A new Sierra Big Tree round has been donated to the Garden. We need to complete construction of an exhibit to showcase the round at the entrance to the Children's Discovery Garden.

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Golden Harvest Lab & Tour Native Peoples Plant Use

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Environmental issues such as loss of biodiversity makes engaging young people in these topics increasingly important for stewarding our critical life-supporting resources.

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California Naturalists Program

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Sustaining our state’s natural rersources requires an understanding of science, adaptive management, and cooperation among diverse interests groups.

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Replace Servers and Update Computers

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Ten new computers along with a new server would greatly improve the Garden's ability to do our work in conservation, research and education as well as plan our horticultural displays.

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