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Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

1212 Mission Canyon Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-2199
+1 805-682-4726
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Hard to find, but worth the Drive ...

The SB Botanical Garden is a jewel to be viewed and appreciated. It is so well laid out a walking... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
David B L
Los Angeles, California
Good bird watching

In June there were some native plants blooming which were pretty. It's a good place to look for... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Brenda B
Ogden, Utah
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With sweeping views to the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Santa Barbara Channel Islands and stunning landscapes, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a great place to explore California's native plant diversity.The Garden's 78 acres encompass a variety of cultivated displays as well as stands of natural coast live oak and riparian woodlands.The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden fosters the conservation of California's native plants through our gardens, research and education, and serves as a role model of sustainable practices. Widely regarded as a model botanic garden, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a living museum and a member of the American Alliance of Museums, dedicated to research, education, and conservation of California native plants. With over 1,000 different taxa of plants on display there is always something new to experience. Stroll the 5.5 miles of paths and discover featured areas within the Garden: the historic Mission Dam and aqueduct built in 1807 to supply water to the Santa Barbara Mission, an authentic Japanese Tea House and Garden, and the spectacular views along the Porter Trail. Experience the quiet cool of the Redwood grove on a hot summer’s day or the knockout punch of the Meadow wildflowers in full bloom in spring.The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden welcomes visitors seven days a week, rain or shine. The Garden is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and during some special events.
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“native plants” (58 reviews)
“redwood forest” (19 reviews)
“gift shop” (40 reviews)
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1212 Mission Canyon Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-2199
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The SB Botanical Garden is a jewel to be viewed and appreciated. It is so well laid out a walking it covers meadows, hills, valleys and creek side. Even see the old dam furnishing Water to the old SB Mission. Splendid!

Thank David B L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In June there were some native plants blooming which were pretty. It's a good place to look for birds. I even saw a skunk in the desert garden, which was great fun! The gift shop has many high quality arty cards. Drive through the neighborhood...More

Thank Brenda B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very beautiful setting and several areas of garden ranging from desert to Redwood. Historic Mission Santa Barbara Dam from early 1800's is on the property. Nice canyon with shade to escape heat when it gets warm. Nicely labeled and well kept. Friendly docents. Worth a...More

Thank Brent_DUG
Reviewed 5 November 2017

Who would have thought that the gardens have a beautiful redwood forest section to explore. It's beautiful. Lots of trails to hike but uneven surface so wear some sturdy shoes but you can do all sorts of exploring. Lots of history as well. Great way...More

Thank Lynette51
Reviewed 19 October 2017

Native California flora and great walking trails. Bring water, hat, and wear comfortable walking shoes.

Thank claudine53
Reviewed 11 October 2017

Local favorite place - short to medium easy walks thru very diverse landscapes inc redwood canyons, stream splashed woods & wildflower meadows. Docent tours are esp good here w knowledgeable guides.

Thank Joan H
Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

We were pleasantly surprised by this gardens diverse landscape. Set in a canyon about a 20 minute drive up in the hills, it offers a great place to stroll or hike depending on your ability. One path clearly marked on their nice map is fairly...More

Thank janad63
Reviewed 24 September 2017

It was fantastic and worth the time! It was venues of history, tour guide was incredible and so knowledgeable

Thank Brenda M
Reviewed 22 September 2017

We were in Santa Barbara for three weeks and this place was my favorite by far. We bought an annual pass so we could come more than once. (This has an added benefit in that you get reciprocal benefits with other botanical gardens across the...More

Thank Margaret Y
Reviewed 13 September 2017

I have been to the Botanic Garden many times over the years and always enjoy a stroll through the grounds. Although few plants are in the bloom in July, the trails are quiet and enjoyable following a small stream for much of the way. If...More

Thank LightFighter
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31 January 2017|
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Response from Barbara B | Property representative |
Hello We do allow dogs on leash in our garden as well as dogs in strollers, but please know that there are many beautiful parts of our garden that you cannot reach with a stroller. Many visitors with strollers often park... More
Dena M
12 August 2016|
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Response from abacusz | Reviewed this property |
Like those above, we were springtime visitors. The garden is not geared around manicured blooming flowers, but more to a natural environment, which includes a dessert growth area (cactus), redwoods, plus a Japanese tea... More
Amanda M
30 December 2015|
Response from suzannesuz | Reviewed this property |
Hi from Suzanne, Spring blooms will be starting, as we have had some significant rainfall. Regardless if there ifs"full bloom" which usually wouldn't happen this early in the season, the gardens are so diverse and of many... More