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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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Quick and easy walk through the woods

The walkway is relatively easy with lots of nice places to sit and enjoy the plants. Families... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Maple Grove, Minnesota
Lovely site in the hills

A sizeable botanic garden showing California plants and trees. Wonderful old redwoods for... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Bruno S
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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” (42 reviews)
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1212 Mission Canyon Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-2199
+1 805-682-4726
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The walkway is relatively easy with lots of nice places to sit and enjoy the plants. Families brought in picnics. There is a gift shop and a place to buy plants. Be sure to walk across the street for the views of the valley and...More

Thank dive2tennis
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A sizeable botanic garden showing California plants and trees. Wonderful old redwoods for example. Demonstration gardens, a nursery selling plants, a small Japanese teahouse, and trails for miles as well. A gift shop has some interesting books on local flora. The site would benefit enormously...More

Thank Bruno S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We took my husbands parents and it was beautiful. The walkways were nice and clean, easy walk, well maintained. It gave you options on paths depending on how much time you had. Some areas were labeled with history on the site. It was a great...More

Thank Sumerle D
Reviewed 31 December 2017

This garden offers a sampling of the area surrounding Santa Barbara. We spent a couple of hours meandering the various trails and getting information about the vegetation.

Thank rhilder1
Reviewed 29 November 2017

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 17 November 2017

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 14 November 2017

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 6 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 20 October 2017

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

Thank claudine53
Reviewed 12 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
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Questions & Answers
1 February 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