Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

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United States of America - California - Santa Barbara

Institution Code: SBBG

International Agenda Registration: Yes

BGCI Member: Yes

About the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden fosters the conservation of California native plants through our gardens, education, and research, and serves as a role model of sustainable practices.

SBBG envisions a world where society understands the interdepende

Main Address:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
1212 Mission Canyon Road
Santa Barbara
California 93105 United States of America

Telephone: (805) 682-4726 x123
Fax: (805) 682-6953
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Dr. Steve Windhager
    Curator's Name: Betsy Collins, Director of Horticulture
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Betsy Lape, Living Collections Coordinator
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 10
    Educational Staff Number: 3
    Research Staff Number: 5
    Administration Staff Number: 7

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
  • Date founded: 1926
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 15 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 10 Hectares
  • Total Area: 31 Hectares
    Latitude: 34.4565340
    Longitude: -119.7100200
    Annual Rainfall: 432 mm
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 150000
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: Yes
    Published Plant Catalogue: No
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
  • Number of Volunteers: 200

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 2240
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 900
  • Special Collections:Ericaceae, Poaceae, Polypodiaceae, Rhamnaceae, Arctostaphylos (54 spp., 82 taxa), Ceanothus (37 spp., 69 taxa), Cupressus (4 spp.), Eriogonum (25 spp.), Fremontodendron (6 spp., 13 taxa), Mahonia (17 spp.), Pinus (21 spp.), Quercus (8 spp.), Ribes (14 spp
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes
    Reintroduction Programme: Yes

Research Programmes

  • Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Ecology: Yes
    Floristics: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Courses for General Public: Yes