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Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

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Address: 1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Phone Number: +1 805-682-4726
09:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 18:00

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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Easy walking tour of native plants , with great view of Chanel Islands rom lookout. Day we visited got to see Tea ceremony.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We hiked all the way up from the old mission to the botanic garden. The place is beautiful for a nice and easy hike. You get a map from the ticket office, then you can easily walk around and enjoy the plants. There's a restroom behind the ticket office and a small shop if wanna buy something to eat or... More 

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Saint-Louis, Senegal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It was great to see the Botanical Garden. We are member of the Missouri Botanical Garden which allowed us admission to the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden. What a beautiful place. It provides great information on the native vegetation of Santa Barbara.

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High Point, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A visit to the Santa Barbara Botanic garden is worth the drive up into the hills. Great trails and very walkable with various garden areas. The tea house is beautiful. Very nice gift shop and area to shop for plants.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Easy walking tour of native plants , with great view of Chanel Islands rom lookout. Day we visited got to see Tea ceremony.

Thank Katherine H
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

OK, we went the first part of November and almost nothing was blooming. I walked the entire loop. It was no more exciting than an easy hike in the woods. Nice but nothing at all exciting. Maybe if you go in the spring or summer it will be more impressive.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is very nice. It is not as grand as the more well known gardens, but it has depth and is a nice way to spend a few hours. Enjoyed it!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Coming from Europe I expected something greener in a botanic garden but of course the water condition has to be considered and the autumn may not be the best for blossom. Due to lack of time we were unable to cross the the parking lot and visit the Island View garden. The day we went was hazey so there was... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Difficult to find on northern end of city. However, interesting with a fair amount of trails, with the flora clearly labeled. However, the one drawback we found was that the labeling of the trails and the names of the trails on the brochure given at entry was not too clear...we had to ask some fellow travelers that had been here... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

It's hard to be a botanic garden when you don't get much rain, but the staff still put together a good sampling of native flora. Great place to see coastal redwoods and to stroll through various different-themed gardens. Could do the loop in under 1 hour, but there are side trails where you could easily spend 2+. May want some... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

We really enjoyed our walk around the gardens through the various different areas. Definitely worth visiting and it would be interesting to visit at different times of the year

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