PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, November 28, 2016

Bob Haller’s Plants of California Photography Exhibit

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is pleased to feature an exhibition of photographs by legendary botanist, inspirational teacher and mentor, Dr. John Robert “Bob” Haller (1930-2016) from December 7, 2016 to March 17, 2017 in the Pritzlaff Conservation Center Gallery.
A gifted and prolific photographer who once studied under Ansel Adams in the 1950s, Haller received his Ph.D. in botany from UCLA and soon after joined the faculty of UC Santa Barbara where he inspiring generations of future botanists until his retirement in 1994. This exhibition incorporates 58 images used in his celebrated multimedia presentations from his undergraduate course, Plants of California (Botany 103). Collectively, the photographs depict a virtual transect of California natural habitats beginning on the coast, moving east to the chaparral, grasslands and oak woodland foothills, through the high Sierra, and ending in the desert.
Following his retirement from UCSB, Haller served as the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden’s Education Botanist, teaching classes, leading field trips and continuing to introduce new audiences to wonder of California’s beautiful and diverse natural landscapes. His photograph collection of thousands of images was gifted to the Garden upon his death from Parkinson’s disease on August 17, 2016.

Bob Haller’s Plants of California Photography Exhibit was funded with support from Santa Barbara Beautiful. The exhibit is free to the general public with paid Garden admission. The Pritzlaff Conservation Center Gallery is located at 1212 Mission Canyon Road, in Santa Barbara, California. Exhibit hours are Monday through Friday, 9 am – 5 pm. through March 17, 2017, except on Garden holidays.

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For further information or to request high-resolution images please contact Stephanie Linder, Director of Development & Communications, 805-682-4726 ext. 133. For more information about the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, please visit

About the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden: The Garden is a 78-acre nonprofit educational and scientific institution that conserves California’s native plants through gardens, research and education, and serves as a role model for sustainable practices. The Garden was founded in 1926 and is among the nation’s oldest botanical gardens focused exclusively on native plants.

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