Welcome to California’s Garden

California’S Native Plants

A Model for Environmental Conservation

Driven by our mission to conserve native plants and habitats, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden uses its 78 acres (31 hectares) to showcase the state’s diversity and biological wealth to the public. Just a stone’s throw from downtown Santa Barbara, our five miles (8 kilometers) of meandering trails, historical landmarks, working labs, and more than 1,000 species of California’s native plants on display offer our guests plenty to explore all year long.

General Hours

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Last reservation

4:30 p.m.

Members’ hour

9 to 10 a.m.


1212 Mission Canyon Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Plan Your Visit

Located within Mission Canyon, the Garden features trails for various endurance levels, including some primitive areas. Before you visit, we’ve compiled a few helpful tips to ensure you are ready to get the most out of your visit.

Group Experiences

Due to the Garden’s limited capacity and parking restrictions, we ask for organized groups (including schools, clubs, and organizations) with more than 10 guests to contact us directly to confirm a reservation. 


To ensure guests of all abilities can enjoy the splendor of California’s native plants and habitats, we’ve actively invested in tools and resources to support accessibility and have made the Garden itself as accessible as possible.  

Private Rentals & Photography

The Garden makes for a beautiful backdrop for corporate and special events as well as photography. If you’d like to use the Garden for your next project, start here.