Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

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In a Nutshell

  • 78 acres of land with 1,000 taxa of native plants
  • Free admission included
  • Accredited living museum

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Promotional value expires May 1, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1/person, may buy 1 add'l as a gift. Limit 1/visit. Valid only for option purchased. Must activate membership by 4/30/11, membership expires 1 year from activation date. Must sign waiver. Family membership valid for two adults at the same address and their children 17 and under. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Because plants are jealous of our ability to live indoors, they attempt to infiltrate our finest mansions and universities by slowly climbing stony facades. Visit a place built specifically to contain these floral strivers with today's Groupon to the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. Choose between the following options:

  • For $37, you get a one-year general family membership (a $75 value).
  • For $25, you get a one-year general individual membership (a $50 value).

With 78 acres of land honeycombed with six miles of nature trails and 1,000 native plants, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden gives the public a people’s eye view of Californian flora. General membership privileges include free admission to the gardens during normal hours of operation, a 12-month subscription to the Botanic Garden's publications, a 10% discount at the Garden Growers Nursery and Garden Shop, invitations to members-only events, advanced registration and discounts on classes and lectures plus an endless supply of pollen for personal use. Individual memberships bestow these gifts upon a single person, and family memberships provide the same privileges to two adults and their offspring 17 and under.

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden's vibrant vegetation possesses the honor of being one of only 30 gardens accredited by the American Association of Museums as a living museum. The garden is also a member of the Center for Plant Conservation, a coalition dedicated to conserving and restoring rare native plants without resorting to the extreme environmental measures seen in the film Bio-Dome.


The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is recommended by Frommer's. Thirty-four Yelpers and six Yahoo! Travelers give it a four-star average, and eight TripAdvisors offer an average of four owl eyes. Four Insider Pagers give it a perfect five-star average.

  • More than 5.5 miles of meandering trails on 65 acres offer glimpses of cacti, redwoods, wildflowers, and much more, many arranged in representational habitats or landscapes. The gardens were established in 1926. You'll catch the very best color and aroma just after spring showers. – Frommer's
  • The Redwood section and the Meadow section are gorgeous. Everytime [sic] you enter a new "region" it feels like you have entered a completely different part of the country. They do a good job at creating different ecosytems [sic]. – Richard T., Yelp, 11/27/06

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

All 78 acres of the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden are bursting with life. More than 1,000 species of native Californian plants and regional flora line its 5.5 miles of serene, public trails, allowing visitors to witness the overwhelming diversity of the Pacific coastline's plant life. Along with stands of oaks and riparian woodlands, botanical collections inhabit precisely arranged landscapes, echoing the founders' goal from 1926 to create a garden that would "unite the aesthetic, educational and scientific." In 2003, Santa Barbara County rewarded the garden's decades of cultural and scientific contributions, granting County Historic Landmark status to 23 of the acres.

The garden's specimens and displays exist just as much for education as they do for appreciation. Guests can gather landscaping ideas from the Home Demonstration Garden, a cottage surrounded with water-conserving plants. The Japanese Teahouse and Demonstration Garden melds traditional East Asian design with California-native flora. Throughout the grounds, tour guides dispense invaluable information on the displays and the retired tree nymphs that tend them. Additionally, scientific researchers use the facilities in their efforts to both study and conserve numerous rare and endangered species.

Customer Reviews

The flowers are in full bloom right now (March) and the garden has recovered fully from the fires.
Nellie H. · March 26, 2013
My kids and i love it here. Its so peaceful and beautiful!
Christy R. · January 18, 2013
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    Mission Canyon

    1212 Mission Canyon Rd.

    Santa Barbara, California 93105

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