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Address: 1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Phone Number: 805-682-4726
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Activities: Viewing foliage, Hiking
Description: 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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The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden features a beautiful array of native plants that predate the arrival of European settlers. Much of what we see today in the great outdoors is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 14, 2015
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Southern California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

I love the gardens. Even with the drought, the meadow of poppies was a sea of brilliant orange. The lack of water is taking it's tole on California, but mother nature adapts, and that's evident in the shade of the redwood trees.

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central ca
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

I love the SBBG & have visited many times. When the flowers are in bloom the meadow is an array of color highlighted by the poppy. The red wood forest & walk is a place of meditation. Walk the trails to see many California Native plants. There is a lovely shop too for beautiful gifts & souvenirs.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

The gardens were so much more than I expected. The plants represent the trees and plans in different area in California. I brought a book to read since my friend wasn't going to be back for at least 3 hours. I never got to my book. There was so much to see and gift shop was perfect place to find... More 

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Thousand Oaks, CA
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden features a beautiful array of native plants that predate the arrival of European settlers. Much of what we see today in the great outdoors is actually plant species seeded by Spanish settlers. The Botanic Garden focuses on true native plants. The redwood garden is utterly amazing. The old damn that fed the mission with fresh... More 

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Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

This was a little gem in our opinion. A huge poppy field in bloom that displayed beautiful colors, full of bees enjoying all the flowers. Lots of native trees, plants and vegetation, with a lot of informative markers to let you know what you were looking at. A native plant nursery and a library, as well as a gift shop.... More 

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Sonoma, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We enjoyed a nice walk thru the botanic garden. It focuses on native plants so do not expect great explosion of color or landscaped beauty. There was a nice field of wild flowers in full bloom. There are also learning opportunities for young and old. I love gardens so I am glad to have visited. It is a short drive... More 

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Beverly Hills, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Great place to take a nice out door stroll. If you have the time checkout the trials on each side. You learn a bit of history while walking through some really nice scenery. Friendly staff.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Lovely botanic garden featuring various landscapes. Walk through a flower filled pasture, towards redwoods (!) and a deep canyon. Note: this is difficult terrain for someone who has trouble walking. There are limited flat areas, including gift shop and nursery. On the whole, this is one of the most varied botanical gardens I have visited. Couple this with a visit... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Native of Santa Barbara but had never been to the Botanic Gardens until yesterday. What an amazing place to spend an afternoon. The fields are still in bloom a bit and the well maintained grounds made for some great little hiking trails. The fresh air and tranquility reset my energy and now I'm ready for the next work week!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

This is NOT the easiest place to find, it is located toward the mountains on Mission Canyon Road; but it worth the effort, parking is limited. Call ahead to make sure it is open to the public. Brick walkways wander through a beautiful meadow and stroll along Mission Creek and through Redwoods. Excellent displays of native California fauna, plants and... More 

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