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.

As an accredited museum and botanic garden, the SBBG differentiates itself from being just another beautiful place with open space and pretty flowers. The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a living museum where collections-based research preserves California native plants and displays them in a beautiful setting.
As a botanic garden, by definition, our institution holds documented collections of living plants for the purposes of scientific research, conservation, display and education.

As with other botanic gardens, the SBBG also provides visitor services that include tours, educational activities, displays, art exhibitions and a variety of forms of entertainment. We are one of only 30 gardens accredited by the American Alliance of Museums as a living museum.

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.
Explore the Garden

In addition to the living collections, the Garden also houses the Blaksley Library collections (~15,000 books and journals as well as special collections that include rare books, art, photographs, institutional archives, manuscripts, and horticultural catalogs), and the SBBG Herbarium (~150,000 specimens of California taxa as preserved as scientific, pressed plant specimens.)

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.