Santa Barbara Ecological and Edible Garden Project: Use native plants for pollinator promotion in Santa Barbara food gardens

Project Dates

2021 - Ongoing


This project promotes sustainable practices in food-garden systems across the Santa Barbara community. Santa Barbara Botanic Garden’s work explores and promotes the mutual benefits of creating native plant habitat.


To quantify insect pollinator differences across gardens with varying proportions of native plants; track changes over time as native plants are added to these gardens; improve practices as we learn which pollinators use which plants; and promote the benefits of native plants in food gardens

Team Members

Kylie Etter

Sarah Cusser, Ph.D.

Denise Knapp, Ph.D.


Santa Barbara City College

Explore Ecology

Mesa Harmony Garden

El Centro Santa Barbara

United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County

La Cumbre Junior High School

Brad Smith’s private garden


Environmental Protection Agency

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