Plant with Purpose

Native Plants

The Foundation for Life on Earth

By converting the sun’s energy into life-giving oxygen and sugar through photosynthesis, plants form the foundation of any terrestrial ecosystem. Over millennia, animals have evolved to rely on specific plants in a particular location to survive. Monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) are a famous example of this inextricable relationship. Almost 40% of all animals on Earth are insects, and they rely on native plants. Once you consider birds who rely on those insects for survival, and the rest of the web of life you can see that ecosystems are built with native plants.

The Power of Native Plants

Plants are important, but native plants are essential. They are part of our natural heritage and the key to a vibrant future. From providing the beauty that offers a real sense of place to being critical components in the successful restoration of entire ecosystems, native plants support our well-being and the biodiversity our way of life depends on.

Garden with Native Plants

No matter how large or small, your garden has the potential to be a restorative force for biodiversity. By choosing native plants in your community, you will be contributing to the biodiversity that makes it unique and ecologically resilient. You’ll also attract beneficial insects, increase pollinators, and support local birdlife.

Garden Resources

New to native plant gardening? We’ve got you covered. Santa Barbara Botanic Garden has been growing native plants and providing horticultural expertise to home gardeners since 1926. You are invited to explore the Garden’s extensive and time-tested resources for successfully bringing wild California into your neighborhood.

Classes & Events

We love native plants, and we want to help you enjoy them as much as we do. That’s why we’re always thinking up new ways to support you in your efforts to successfully grow native plants.