Visit The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

By Leland | June 19, 2017

The California coastline city, Santa Barbara, is home to beautiful landscapes, eclectic music festivals, enticing restaurants, and wine. There are numerous museums dedicated to preserving all the wonders California has to offer. The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a living garden that has been dedicated to preserving and displaying plants native to California since 1926.

The team at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is dedicated to understanding the preservation of native plants, protecting mother nature, providing wild and agricultural restoration, and advocating for their mission. They not only advocate for the Garden but the Channel Islands as well. The eight Channel Islands attract botanists and horticulturists nationwide and are also known as California’s Galapagos.

Visitors certainly won’t want to miss the Botanic Garden during their trip. It’s only a little over two miles from your bed and breakfast if you’re staying at Cheshire Cat Inn or other accommodations in that area. The Park sprawls over 78 acres and includes a five and a half mile walking path for visitors. It has stunning views of the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Santa Barbara Channel Islands. There are over 1,000 different varieties of plant life to enjoy. Mission Creek runs throughout the park as well to provide serene sounds and attract wildlife.

Numerous local landmarks can be found in the park. Visitors can enjoy the Mission Dam and Aqueduct, the Indian Steps, Caretakers Cottage, the Information Kiosk, Blaksley Library, Campbell Bridge, and the Clara Small Smith Entry Steps. Most originated in the late ’30s or early ’40s, other than the cottage which was constructed when the Garden first opened and the Mission Dam which dates back to 1806.

The Garden is split into numerous sections including the display of beautiful Redwood trees, the canyon section, the desert section, the Water Wise Home Garden, the Teahouse Garden, and several trails. There are more than enough things to see for one trip. Visitors can also stop at the Garden Shop for books, jewelry, arts and crafts, or educational games and toys.

Visit the Botanic Garden at 1212 Mission Canyon Road, seven days a week, from 9 am to 6 pm. They close at 5 pm during the winter. They are closed for some major holidays and special events as well. Find a schedule and get directions on their website.

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