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“Beautiful Spot”

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
Ranked #13 of 178 things to do in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
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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 December 31, 2012

This garden gives you a 'taste' of different natural areas in California - Redwoods, meadows, streams. Although the website said that there are over 5 miles of trails, it is much smaller than I expected - we easily walked it in about an hour. It is a nice change of pace from the beaches and downtown.

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Reviewed December 28, 2012

I have been there twice. It is not far from the Museum of Natural History which is also wonderful but the Gardens are beautiful. Make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes as there are many paths to walk if you want to see all the Gardens. Bring a picnic lunch - picnic tables are provided. It is very lovely and a wonderful way to escape the throngs along State Street! Summer shuttle service up there but I would call first! Shuttles are limited up to the Gardens most of the year. Great gift shop!

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Reviewed December 10, 2012

We spent a good 2 hours there and enjoyed the scenery very much. Our favorite was the Redwood area where the extremely tall trees shaded the path. Nice photo opps here, and we will do it again.

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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.

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