Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
1212 Mission Canyon Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
This is one of Santa Barbara's hidden treasures. Off the beaten path, this park features 65 acres of native trees, shrubs, wildflowers, cacti, in natural settings. It is truly spectacular in the spring. There are 5.5 miles of easy-to-walk nature trails. The historic dam was built in 1806 by Native Americans under the direction of mission padres.
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.
Arranged in stunning sectional displays and interpreted through
signage and docent-led tours, the Garden's 78 acres with more than
1,000 taxa of California native plants illustrates the remarkable
diversity of California's flora and vegetation.
Directions: Take the Mission Street exit of the 101 freeway and head north towards the mountains. Drive until you reach Santa Barbara St. Turn left. You will now begin to see signs for the Museum of Natural History and the Botanic Garden. Go 2 blocks on Santa Barbara St. and turn right at Los Olivos . Stay on Los Olivos past the Mission. Bear left at the fork in the road and continue on to Foothill Road (Rt. 192). Take a right at the stop sign at Foothill and a left at the next stop sign on to Mission Canyon Road. Bear right at the fork of the road and continue on to the Botanic Garden entrance on you left.