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Plans For the Future

image of the SBBG Seed the Future capital campaign logo
Planting a seed is an act of optimism and faith in the future. Growing that seed provides a legacy of nurturing and serves to remind us of our obligation to future generations. The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, dedicated to the study, display, and conservation of California’s native plants, is the steward of the gifts made by our founders. We now look to the future as we consider the seeds we sow.

The Garden’s leadership are committed to the vision and spirit of our forward-thinking founders and have developed a thoughtful, well-designed plan for the improvement of the Garden to include:

  • Renewed and expanded garden displays to inspire visitors
  • Expanded research to address conservation threats
  • An expanded endowment to support these efforts

2011-2016 Goals

  • Secure the Conservation of California’s Native Plants
  • Native Plants in Every Garden
  • Ensure the Financial Stability of the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
  • Be the Center for California Native Horticulture and Ecological Education
  • Be A Role Model for Sustainable Practice in California
  • Make the Garden a Physical Expression of Our Mission While Respecting its Heritage

Strategic Plan 2011-2016

In 2011, Staff and Trustees at the Garden developed a Strategic Plan to set organizational goals and objectives of the day to day management activities of the Garden until 2016.

SBBG Landscape Master Plans

Meadow Revival Project, 2013-2015

image of wildflowers emerging in the SBBG Meadow, March 2014 ~ photo by Tricia WardlawThe Santa Barbara Botanic Garden has begun an exciting project to renew the wildflower display in the Meadow. Work on the project began in April of 2013 and is scheduled for completion in December of 2014, resulting in a fabulous wildflower display for Spring 2015!
Learn More about the Garden's Meadow Revival Project

Seed the Future Campaign

Seed the Future logo imageOur Seed the Future comprehensive campaign will raise much needed funds to help the Garden protect and preserve California’s native plants. Our precious native species are increasingly threatened by climate change, urban development, and invasive plants.

The Garden’s leadership are committed to the vision and spirit of our forward-thinking founders and have developed a thoughtful, well-designed plan for the improvement of the Garden to include:

  • Renewed and expanded garden displays to inspire visitors
  • Expanded research to address conservation threats
  • An expanded endowment to support these efforts

image of the SBBG Seed the Future capital campaign logo

To learn more or to support the Seed the Future capital campaign, please call the Development Department at (805) 690-1697

SBBG Master Building Plan

Trustees of the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden approved a Master Development Plan which will be our guide for the coming decades. The following video provides an introduction to the new SBBG Master Building Plan and is narrated by SBBG Executive Director, Steve Windhager:

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