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Natives in Your Garden

Your California Native Plant
Gardening Resource: 

From planning to planting and year-round maintenance, let the Garden help you with your California native plant gardening needs:

  • Easy Eight native plant list
  • Ask the Garden Experts
  • The native garden year-round calendar
  • Tips for planning, planting and maintaining your native plant garden

Native plant resources for your specific gardening needs:

Be sure to check this page regularly for updated information as we build this native plant gardening resource.

image of Nursery Manager Bruce Reed providing consultation to a customer at SBBG

SBBG 'Gardening with Natives' Blog

This new Garden blog will feature articles by Garden staff including the most recent articles by Horticulturist, Bruce Reed, appearing in the Santa Barbara News Press, with archives of past articles.

image of plants at the SBBG Garden Growers Nursery

Plant Availability
in the Garden Growers Nursery

The Garden Growers Nursery is a year-round, retail nursery located here at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.

Download the current SBBG Garden Growers Plant Availability List

SBBG Spring Plant Sale: Saturday, March 29 - Sunday, May 4

Our month-long California native plant sale ends May 4, with new shipments arriving weekly!

Learn More about the Garden's Spring Plant Sale

Download the SBBG Garden Growers Spring 2014 plant availability list

image of SBBG Spring Plant Sale  image of native iris available at the SBBG Spring Plant Sale  A variety of native Pacific Coast image of iris at the SBBG Spring Plant Sale  image of Matilija poppy, Romneya coulteri, blooming in the SBBG Meadow

Garden Planning with the Experts: March & April classes

image of the SBBG Garden Growers Nurseryimage of SBBG Garden Growers Nursery staff at the annual plant saleMake the most out of a visit to our Spring Plant Sale and get tips for designing a native, drought-tolerant garden. Learn how to create stunning plant combinations.
This course includes guided tours of the Garden and the 
Garden Growers Nursery

Register for the April 5th class
Register for the April 19th class

Garden Allies Workshop: Saturday, May 24

image of Blue Tarantula Hawk wasp ~ photo by David EscamillaLearn how to recognize the beneficial insects that keep pests in check, as well as the native bees and flies that pollinate flowers. This hands-on workshopwill be taught by Frederique Lavoipierre, SBBG Education Program Manager and author of the “Garden Allies” series for Pacific Horticulture magazine.
Register for the Garden Allies Workshop

Garden Design & Strategies for Drought: May 31

images of Susan Van Atta and Robert KourikJoin us for these individual native plant garden workshops, or register for both and make a day of it!

Susan Van Atta will focus on Native Flower Garden Design 
&
Robert Kourik will discuss Strategies in Time of Drought
Series price includes a box lunch!

Register for both of these workshops now!

Landscape for Life: 5-week course, October 14 - November 11

image of California quail amongst the wildflowers in the groundcover display in the Meadow at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden ~ photo by Tricia Wardlaw

How to work with nature in your garden
Classes will meet on October 14, 21 & 28, November 4 & 11

Our newest certificate program was developed at the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center. Five classes cover all aspects of sustainable landscape, including soil and water resources, plant choices, design and installation. Focus on the use of native plants in drought-tolerant, ecologically healthy home gardens. Learn More