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Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
805-682-4726
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Ranked #20 of 69 attractions in Santa Barbara
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Type: Gardens
Activities: Viewing foliage, Hiking
Owner description: With sweeping views to the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Santa Barbara Channel Islands and stunning landscapes, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Los Angeles
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

one of the largest native plant selections in California and they have an annual plant sale every April

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oxnard
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21 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

I read some of the negative reviews because I couldn't believe that people had a bad experience here. Then I read the date they came. Timing is everything!! Since the garden doesn't irrigate like the city does, their plants go dormant in hot weather, so yes, it is not going to look wonderful in August. December is also dormant season.... More

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San Diego, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Wasn't sure about including this in our itinerary due to lukewarm reviews on TA, but if you love seeing plants in a natural setting, as we do, this garden should not be missed! We did happen to visit right at peak wildflower season and especially enjoyed the large wildflower meadow with the Santa Ynez mountains in the background. We have... More

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Newfane, New York, United States
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

wonderful gardens . Wild flowers in full bloom. Tall red wood trees. Wonderful view of the Chanel islands . A great way to learn about the flowers that are always blooming in Santa Barbara

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Granada Hills, California, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

The day was warm and this very easy hike was so pleasant. It took us about an hour to walk through the various parts of the gardens, mostly in the cool of the shade. It's really a nice way to spend an afternoon and learn a little about the fauna of the region. The meadow was in full bloom and... More

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Union City, California
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Situated a bit out of town but easy to get to; the garden features historic events, wonderful local and state botanical resources. This was our favorite stop on the trip. The hike around the park takes just a bit but stop and follow all the smaller trails and in particular see the historic dam.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

we were there in time to see all the wildflowers blooming in the meadow and it was breathtaking! stunning! incredible! i felt so lucky! we did the tour and that was really enjoyable. Carolyn had lots of fun facts not only about the trees and plants but also the lizards and birds. it's not a big garden but it's so... More

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Troy, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

This is a small botanic garden nestled in one of the SB valleys. I believe is it all native plants to the area, so it is not significantly different from some of the other plant life to be seen in the area. And at $10 a head, maybe it is over-priced. BUT, four of us enjoyed the stroll though this... More

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northern california
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

The cactus area is a must, but down in the canyon is the redwood forest. The wild flower field is amazing and the aquaduct system that the fed water to the Santa Barbara Mission in the old days (late 1800's) was a trip. check it out. also apart of the SB axcess card buy 1 admission get the other for... More

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San Francisco, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Small and manageable Botanical Garden focusing on California plants/trees, particularly dry and desert types. Very enjoyable half day spent wandering around the desert, redwood, meadow and manzanita gardens. Spectacular setting - the meadow was in full bloom when we were there and that was the standout - maybe not quite so eye catching when not in bloom. Good bookstore and... More

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