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Santa Barbara, Calif. – November 3, 2022 – As fall comes to the Central Coast, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden encourages planting California-native plants so they can get established during the coming rainy season. Beginning on Saturday, November 5 and continuing throughout the month, the Garden Nursery offers a much larger assortment and wider variety of native plants, plus some unique plants not always available for sale. Weekly in-person Nursery Chats are also held throughout the month, along with new online instructional videos and more. (Details below.)
The Garden also debuts its new online shopping site (shop.SBBotanicGarden.org) on Saturday, November 5. The ecommerce site has been integrated into the Garden’s new website which went live in June 2022. It allows customers to shop for the plants available at the Nursery, and will expand to include a selection of gift and retail items from the Garden’s Shop in the coming months. Purchases made online are available for pick up at the Garden.
“Gardening with native plants not only helps you conserve water used on landscaping, it also provides critical habitat for pollinators and birds, and helps conserve plants that are unique to the Central Coast. Even adding a few native plants to your garden can have a big impact” said Keith Nevison, Director of Horticulture and Operations. “Now, with the option to purchase plants online, we’re making it even easier to cultivate biodiversity right in your own backyard.
Shop for Native Plants at the Garden – In Person and Online
Located just inside the Garden’s gate, the Nursery is open daily between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and offers a wide selection of easy-to-grow native plants year-round. Garden admission is not required to visit the Nursery.
During November, the Nursery not only increases the supplies of common varieties to meet seasonal demand, but also offers harder to find plants, with different varieties arriving weekly.
An exclusive preview for Garden members will be held Friday, November 4, and the public is invited to the first day of shopping on Saturday, November 5. (The Nursery is closed on Wednesday and Thursday, November 2 and 3, for stocking and preparation.)
A current inventory of native plants available at the Nursery is available on the Garden’s new ecommerce site at Shop.SBBotanicGarden.org. Photos and lists of suggested groundcovers, shrubs and trees, plants for slope and erosion control, lawn substitutes, and easy to grow varieties are also available at https://sbbotanicgarden.org/grow/gardening-resources.
Visitors interested in shopping do not require Garden reservations; they can park in a “member” parking spot and check-in at the front kiosk to receive a shopper pass. Garden members receive a 10% discount on every purchase.
More Gardening Events in November
For those unsure on how to get started, Nursery Manager Matt Straka offers tips and instruction at weekly in-person “Native Planting Techniques” sessions at the Nursery held every Sunday in November, beginning on November 6.
A new series of four “How to Garden with Native Plants” videos hosted by the Garden’s Director of Education Scot Pipkin are posted weekly on the Garden’s social media platforms, beginning Friday, November 4.
An in-person workshop on how to attract animals to home gardens is led by Garden Grounds Manager Stephanie Ranes on Friday, November 5. See details below.
CALENDAR OF FALL PLANTING SEASON EVENTS IN NOVEMBER
“How to Garden with California Native Plants”
Fridays, November 4, 11, 18, 25
New series of videos leads viewers through the basics of gardening with California native pants. Led by Scot Pipkin, Garden director of education. Free on the Garden’s social media platforms.
For Garden Members Only: Fall Plant Season Preview at Garden Nursery
Friday, November 4, 3 to 5 p.m.
Garden members enjoy a preview of the abundance of native plants for sale.
Debut of Online Plant Shopping
Tuesday, November 5
New e-commerce webpage goes live (www.shop.SBBotanicGarden.org) allowing locals to browse, search for, view, and order native plants for pickup at the Garden Nursery.
Saturday, November 5, 8:30 a.m.
Hands-on, two-hour class held in various sections of the Garden that focuses on how to use native plants and natural features to better attract local animals to home gardens. Led by Stephanie Ranes, Garden grounds manager. $40 ($25 for Garden members). To register, visit https://sbbotanicgarden.org/classes-events/building-habitat-in-your-home-garden/.
Fall Planting Season KICKOFF
Saturday, November 5, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Nursery, which features the largest selection of native plants on Central Coast year-round, officially opens with an expanded selection for the Fall planting season.
Nursery Chats: Native Planting Techniques
Sundays, November 6, 13, 20, and 27 at 9:30 a.m.
Retail Manager Matt Straka explores the best practices for planting with California native plants in these free, informal chats. Questions welcomed and shopping assistance available by Nursery staff. Free.
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About Santa Barbara Botanic Garden:
As the first botanic garden in the nation to focus exclusively on native plants, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden has dedicated nearly a century of work to better understand the relationship between plants and people. Growing from 13 acres in 1926 to today’s 78 acres, the grounds now include more than 5 miles of walking trails, an herbarium, a seed bank, research labs, a library, and a public native plant nursery. Amid the serene beauty of the Garden, teams of scientists, educators, and horticulturists remain committed to the original spirit of the organization’s founders – conserve California native plants and habitats to ensure they continue to support life on the planet and can be enjoyed for generations to come. Visit www.SBBotanicGarden.org.
Julia McHugh Public Relations
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Digital Marketing Coordinator, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
(805) 682-4726 ext.159, ksanders@SBBotanicGarden.org