Santa Barbara Mission Garden

Santa Barbara Mission Garden

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This attractive garden, located on the undulating east side of the city, is designed for a variety of local plants in the state. But here you not only watch. The calendar of activities is full of tours with a guide, birdwatching classes, signature of the books, talks and master classes in art and photography. “Sustainable Horticulture” is a phrase that is the core of much of what is happening in this area; at “Gardening with Aboriginal people” sessions, guests can discover how bringing indigenous plants into gardens and landscaping can reduce water and nutrient requirements, ensure meals and an environment for pollinationists and other useful wild animals, and preserve California’s exceptional flora.

Take a walk around the area to learn about the diversity of the climate. The garden is split into various sectors, each of which represents a separate part of California: Canyon sector, Desert sector, Redwood sector, Forest Path and many more.

Children love the opportunity to view and discover the true Japanese tea ceremony at the teahouse, available on the second Saturday of every month from noon to 14:00 (teahouse is closed in May). Lizards, turtles and woodpeckers will enjoy it, and the Garden Shop has various games, magazines and developing toys for kids of all age groups.

Of course, just hang out and enjoy the view which is great. Over five miles of lanes span 78 acres (see map here), and it’s a fantastic spot with views of the beautiful Santa Ynez Mountains to the north and east, and the Channel Islands encircled by the Pacific Ocean blue.

Monday
  • 10AM–5PM
Tuesday
  • 10AM–5PM
Wednesday
  • 10AM–5PM
Thursday
  • 10AM–5PM
Friday
  • 10AM–5PM
Saturday
  • 10AM–5PM
Sunday
  • 10AM–5PM

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