PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, September 14, 2015

Fall Native Plant Sale Kicks Off Planting Season

Botanic Garden Sale begins October 3rd with a month of activities

Santa Barbara, CA – September 2015
The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden ushers in the fall planting season at noon on October 3rd with its annual Fall Native Plant Sale featuring a whole month of inspiration, information, and thousands of native plants for sale to the public. Speakers such as author Robert Kourik, landscape designers Billy Goodnick and Kim True, and Garden Horticulturist Bruce Reed will inform and inspire, along with many other activities. No need to pay Garden admission to shop, just stop in from 10am to 5pm daily through November 1.
Fall, not spring, is planting season in Santa Barbara’s Mediterranean climate. “While the rest of the country has to wait for the frost to melt in the spring before they can plant, California native plants like to be in the soil in the fall, in time for our rainy season,” according to Bruce Reed, Horticulturist at the Garden. “By next March, while others are just getting pots into the ground, the manzanita and hummingbird sage you plant now will be filling your garden with color and wildlife.”
Easy to grow. “Native plants are easy to grow, if you choose the right plants for your soil, water and sun conditions,” says Steve Windhager, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Garden. “But you don’t have to be a horticulturist to do that! Plants in the Garden’s Easy Eight collection have been chosen for their adaptability to home garden conditions, where they might receive more water than in the wild. ” Look for the Easy Eight and plant lists for hummingbirds, beneficial insects, dry shade, lawn substitutes, and more at the sale.
More than a sale! The Fall Native Plant Sale is a month-long celebration of gardening, and hopefully of the start of the rainy season. Garden members start the season with a preview party before the sale starts, October 2 from 4-6:30pm. Wine, food and music make it a festive event, but these serious gardeners come to shop for the best selection of native plants. Members get a 10% discount on plants and Garden staff provide expert guidance. Join the party by joining the Garden!
Every week the Garden offers classes and events to inform and inspire. This year look for:
Sept 27, 2-4 – Can’t wait for the plant sale? Robert Kourik, a leader in the edible landscape movement, leads Roots, a workshop exploring the secrets to nourishing plants from the roots up, based on his most recent book.
October 3, 3-5: Billy Goodnick’s Design Tips for Putting Natives to Work in Any Garden, with beer and wine reception.
October 10, 4-6: Landscape Designer Kimberly True shares tips for water conserving landscape design, from swales to rain barrels, including her reimagined design for the Garden’s Home Demonstration Garden, at the Dara Emery Lecture.
October 17 and October 24, 9:30 to noon: Gardening with the Experts. Two chances to spend the morning with expert Garden horticultural staff to see mature plants in the Garden and find the right plants for your landscape in the Nursery.
October 23, 5-6:30: Hort n Hops: Gardening the Plant Community Way will help you combine plants to maximize ease of maintenance, beauty and habitat value. Share a beer and garden stories with experts and fellow gardeners.
October 24, 9-2: Landscape for Life. The first of three classes in the nationally acclaimed series that guides you in designing a native plant garden that is sustainable and works with nature.
October 30, 5-6:30: Hort n Hops: Garden Insects- the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. With a title like that- just come! Learn about bugs in your garden while enjoying a beer with other gardeners.
Information and prices for all these classes can be found at
Monarch Butterflies: “If you want to see monarchs in the summer, you need to plant your milkweed now,” according to Frederique Lavoipierre, Director of Education at the Garden. Bring your family to see if the chrysalis on display during weekends hatches into a butterfly!
Water Wise. Even if the promised rains of El Nino come, a native plant landscape will still look beautiful and save money during our regular summer dry season. Convert your lawn now, during the planting season, not in the heat of summer. Santa Barbara WaterWise offers a rebate program to make a landscape renovation cost effective and the Garden Growers Nursery carries the plants you will need, whether evergreen shrubs, flowering perennials or the architectural beauty of native grasses. See for more details.
Discounts! Garden members get a 10% discount and first choice of plants at the Preview Party. Join now for your invitation to this special event and maximum savings. Shop early, as rare and desirable hard-to-find species go fast. As always, Garden staff and volunteers are available to provide expert planting advice free of charge.
Please note the Garden Growers Nursery will be closed Sept 28 through October 2 to set up for the sale.

2015 Spring Native Plant Sale Details

Date: Sat, October 3at noon through Sun, Nov. 1

Time: Opening day at noon and then Daily from 10:00am – 5:00pm

Location: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden,1212 Mission Canyon Road, just a half mile up Mission Canyon

Cost: Free to Shop

Sponsors: All Around Landscape, Santa Barbara WaterWise


To arrange an interview or high-res photos, please contact Rebecca Mordini, Communications Coordinator, at 805-682-4726 ext. 132.

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About the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden:
The Garden, located half a mile up Mission Canyon at 1212 Mission Canyon Rd., offers more than 5 miles of scenic trails through 78 acres of California native plant gardens. A private, nonprofit, supported by membership, entrance fees and donations, this educational and scientific institution fosters the conservation of California’s native plants and serves as a role model for sustainable practice in Santa Barbara, California. The Garden was founded in 1926 and is among of the nation’s oldest botanical gardens focused exclusively on native plants.


Rebecca Mordini
805-682-4726 ext. 132

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