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Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
Ranked #24 of 180 things to do in Santa Barbara
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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.
Reviewed November 19, 2012

This was really just a walk through a ravine with natural vegetation around. Sort of interesting to read about irrigation for the mission coming through primitive aquaducts along the path in early times, but that was about it. Saw a few runners, but no one else. Perhaps there's more to see in other seasons.

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Reviewed November 17, 2012

The gardens are enclosed by the canyon though which runs the wat that supplied the historic Santa Barbara Mission. There remain part of the dam, aqueduct and interesting signage that explains how this was organized. The hour long path includes meadow, desert and redwood paths as well as a tea house and some well organized signage differentiating plants near water, versus those that supply fragrance or flower. This nicely introduces native vegetation as well as some fun local tales and a store with native seeds and informative materials.

2  Thank Gay T
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Reviewed November 13, 2012

The Botanic Gardens are just a couple of miles from the Mission and provide a nice feel for the natural habitat of the area. There is a nice explanation of the water system and the role it played for the Mission and Chumash Indians. Plenty of succulents, redwoods, and the magnificent manzanitas for avid gardeners.

3  Thank worldexplorer88_11
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

its a short but sweet walk on one side and as much as you want to explore on the other side. i went in late october but would love to see when the desert pants are in bloom.

2  Thank jimmyreplay
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Put on your sneakers, and come walk the trails that meander through beautifully landscaped horticultural displays. You'll learn about indigenous plants in the area, and micro-climates that define the natural beauty of Santa Barbara.

1  Thank BeachXtreme
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