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People & Plants

More Than a Beautiful Place

As the first botanic garden to focus exclusively on native plants, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden has dedicated nearly a century of work to better understand the relationship between plants and people.


The Garden was established in 1926 when local philanthropist Anna Dorinda Blaksley Bliss purchased 13 acres (5 hectares) in Mission Canyon to create a botanical garden that would unite the aesthetic, the educational, and the scientific.  

Meet the Team

With our shared passion for the natural world, our team of scientists, horticulturists, and advocates from across industries unite to conserve native plants and habitats for the health of our planet and ourselves.


If you envision a world where every person understands the interdependency between people and plants and you’re ready to act to preserve this precious natural world, we want to hear from you.

& Media

As a 501(c)(3), we are committed to being transparent about our operations and performance. We welcome you to review our reports, including our IRS 990 forms, and press releases to stay informed on our work to conserve native plants and habitats. 

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