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Address: 1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Phone Number: 805-682-4726
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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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This is very well designed and signed. The trails are well marked and occasionally ou come across a well written information signs. I had a pleasant time wandering around... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
London, United Kingdom

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My wife and I visited the Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens on January 13th of 2016. Being from Wisconsin we found it comical that with the temperature in the mid 60's that the locals volunteering there had winter jackets on and we were in short sleeve shirts. This visit was so memorable. Such a lovely place to visit with wonderful hiking... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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174 reviews
82 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is very well designed and signed. The trails are well marked and occasionally ou come across a well written information signs. I had a pleasant time wandering around seeing the different areas showing Californian botany. Worth going

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Los Angeles, California
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63 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a must see if you are interested in native CA plants. They also have a small retail nursery.

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Los Angeles, California
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171 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Pretty, a nice easy walk, very mellow. Good spot for birders. There are a few small and slender redwoods here, but nothing to compete with say, Muir woods. Definitely a good safe place to enjoy nature.

Thank LearningCurv
Santa Barbara, California
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136 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not knowing what you are looking at while hiking in nature is like reading a book where you can only see the pictures. We enjoyed photographing and learning about local plants and especially native flowering species.Go see a condensed version of coastal California in the city.

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Vancouver, WA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The road to the gardens is steep, but the gardens are a good reward for the work. Lovely walk or hike, depending on your route. All species of flowers, cacti and trees are clearly marked. If you've never seen a Redwood tree, that will be a treat. Lovely (and not crowded) in December.

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New York City, New York
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29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015 via mobile

On a nice 60 degree sunny day, this relatively small botanic garden is enjoyable. Paved and dirt trails will take you a mile around the gardens. More like strolling through the mountainside with a large forest than a traditional botanic park. No crowds on a weekday afternoon -- it felt as if we had the entire place to ourselves. Would... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Wonderful walking garden filled with California native plants. Garden also includes a retail nursery with popular and rare native plants, as well as an excellent gift shop with many unique items and books. There is an upper section that includes more natives and greenhouses.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

Given Santa Barbara's warm climate, I was expecting the gardens to be large and include more diverse plant life. The garden does have a sequoia tree that is large and is worth seeing if your California visit does not include a trip up north to see the sequoias. If you love gardens, I recommend a trip to the Santa Barbara... More 

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

Beautiful area to go for a stroll. Well maintained and peaceful. We were there for a short time, but still got to see a wide variety of flora

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