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Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

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Address: 1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
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+1 805-682-4726
09:00 - 18:00
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With sweeping views to the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Santa Barbara...

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 plant reserve.

All plants are native to California including redwoods and meadows. Includes demonstration home gardens.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
gary k
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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It takes a little bit of good directions to get to the gardens, but once we found them we had a great time. The variety, including a "young" redwood grove was very attractive. A great overview for a couple of Easterners.

Thank robin082
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First time visiting the botanical gardens with my husband. Spent the whole day here. Received a free docent tour of the garden. Enjoyed taking in the fresh air and scents of the bounties of native California flora. Even had a picnic lunch on the veranda in the back of the nursery. Would recommend for individuals, couples, and families who enjoy... More 

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Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an absolute must do if you are physically able and desire to be one of the fortunate that loves to be surrounded by nature. All of the trails are very easy to navigate and you will experience a few waterfalls and natural creeks to help relax your soul. The botanic garden and its numerous trails are dog friendly... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I am a docent at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and I love going to the Garden any time of the year. The best time to visit is the Spring when the wildflowers in the meadow are in full bloom. This year will be great because of the good rains we've had. Be sure to go on the docent guided... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

All plants are native to California including redwoods and meadows. Includes demonstration home gardens.

Thank gary k
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The botanical gardens is great for nature lovers with incline trails this can be a bit challenging for some. These natural gardens reflect the seasons and sometimes may not have a lot of blooming flowers but either way they trails and scenery are still well worth the visit.

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you like nature, these gardens are beautiful!! Different sections including redwoods and desert, miles of trails crossing the creek, friendly employees. Well worth $10 - I could spend all day here!!

Thank cslingerland
San Diego Area
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An excellent way to spend a few hours in Santa Barbara. Beautiful gardens and insight into the plant life that makes this city so beautiful.

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Orange County, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

When we were waiting on the line to get our tickets, I heard the nice lady at the desk told some people in front of us about the creek which flowing for the first time after 5 years! Today was beautiful day too, with the sunlight in the middle of winter. And the best thing is, not too much people... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

You can always use nature as an escape and stroll around. Any age can visit and enjoy beauty. Take time to visit and just be in there.

Thank Mihaela C

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