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Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Santa Barbara

1212 Mission Canyon Road
Santa Barbara , California
Tel: 805 682 4726's insider take:

You don't have to be from the green-thumb club to love this 78-acre garden in the foothills of Mission Canyon. Wander more than five miles of trails through desert, mountain, redwood forest and arroyo habitats, or take a guided nature tour at 11 a.m. on the weekends and every day at 2 p.m. The garden also has a Japanese teahouse; retail nursery; garden shop; classes in such subjects as Japanese tea traditions and botanical illustration; nature cruises on Lake Casitas; and overnight field courses in the Channel Islands.

Open daily 9 am to 6 pm March through October, 9 am to 5 pm November through February.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.