About SBBG

Our Mission

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.

Our Vision

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden envisions a world where society understands the interdependency between people and plants, and acts to preserve the natural world.

image of AAM logoThe Garden is a living museum where collections-based research preserves many rare plants and displays them in a beautiful setting. We are one of only 30 gardens accredited by the American Alliance of Museums as a living museum. Arranged in stunning displays and interpreted through signage and docent-led tours, the Gardens 78 acres with more than 1,000 taxa of California native plants illustrates the remarkable diversity of California's flora and vegetation.


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.


The Garden strives to provide successful conservation education programs at the local level. Doing so increases environmental knowledge within the community and develops the skills, expertise and commitment needed to address local and global environmental challenges.

Research & Conservation

As a center for world-class scientific research, the Garden inventories and monitors California flora, conducts experimental recovery studies and assists with policy decisions that enable environmentally conscious planning locally and nationally.
 image of CPC logoAs a steward of California native flora, SBBG is one of only 33 botanic gardens in the entire country that are members of the Center for Plant Conservation (CPC), a national coalition dedicated to conserving and restoring rare native plants of the United States.
As the CPC's principal member of the scientific management of endangered species found along the California Central Coast and Channel Islands, the Garden plays a pivotal role in local conservation efforts.

Articles of Incorporation

Click to view the SBBG Articles of Incorporation documents in PDF

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.

Campaign Tours by Golf Cart—Reserve Your Spot Today!

image of SBBG's personal golf cart tourThe Garden's Seed the Future comprehensive campaign is raising much-needed funds to help the Garden protect and preserve California’s native plants. If you are interested in learning more about the Garden’s comprehensive campaign, we’d be happy to take you on a private golf cart tour.

  • Tours are offered for up to three guests at a time
  • 9:00am -or- 2:00pm, Tuesday through Friday, or by special appointment
  • Reserve your spot now: email the Registrar, or call (805) 682-4726 ext. 102

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