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Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

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Address: 1212 Mission Canyon Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-2199
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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Explore California Native Plants

A lovely walk through a diverse and lush landscape of California native plants. Lots of different habitats to explore, from desert to meadow to forest. This is a good, long walk... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A field of poppies and lupines backdropped by mountains, the damp shade of redwood trees...this place is a combination of nature modeling its treasures.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

On a recent visit to this Garden, we saw lots of dogs, so it was fun to sit on a bench to enjoy the weather, watch adorable dogs in costume and enjoy the garden.

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A lovely walk through a diverse and lush landscape of California native plants. Lots of different habitats to explore, from desert to meadow to forest. This is a good, long walk, so wear comfortable shoes. Check out the Japanese tea house and garden. There is also an historic 18th century dam built by the Native Americans for the Spanish padres.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Tranquil nature walk through indigenous California trees, plants and flowers. Take the time to see, smell and meditate on the best Santa Barbara outdoors has to offer. Good for kids too.

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Thousand Oaks, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautiful place to enjoy the outdoors and have a nice afternoon walk. There are areas to rest, picnic areas, and beautifully maintained pathways. Most plants are labelled so you know what you are seeing as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely an enjoyable first thing in the morning activity. Attractive, informative, welcoming and relaxing. Lovely gift store plus a garden shop with native plants for sale.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An impressive botanic garden, but not quite as good as I hoped. Perhaps not the best time of year to be there to benefit from flowers in full bloom.

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Minnetonka Beach, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Each time my husband and I go to Santa Barbara, I make it a point to walk through the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden once or twice. It's always so peaceful and beautiful and a short but nice hike. I would recommend doing this.

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San Antonio, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I really don't like to give negative reviews, but I was totally unimpressed with this Botanical Garden. The lady at the entrance was sweet and helpful, but the "gardens" pretty much consist of nearly dead native plants, not even arranged in any pleasing fashion. The redwoods were indeed spectacular to see again after more than twenty years away from California.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a beautiful place to visit. The grove of redwoods here make you feel as though you are in the northern redwoods. The garden is tranquil and there are all types of wildlife that make this garden their home. Well worth a visit.

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