9:30 AM09:30

Ventura Botanic Garden Field Trip (with Buellton Parks & Rec)

Discover how the native landscape has regrown and changed since the Thomas Fire. 

Trip includes a tour of the Gardens and talks by plant specialists,

gourmet box lunch, and a visit to Island View Nursery for shopping and garden inspiration.

Proceeds from this excursion benefit the SYV Botanic Garden Foundation. 

Garden Members: $75.00

Non Members: $95.00

Sign up here on Parks & Rec site: http://www.buelltonrec.com/buellton/

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Holiday Wreath Making Workshop
9:00 AM09:00

Holiday Wreath Making Workshop

Join us for our annual Holiday Wreath workshop and create a festive wreath using native and repurposed local cuttings. Bring your own pruners and we will have all the things you need to learn how to make your very own live holiday wreath.

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Herbs for Firey Times :: Botanical Medicine for Respiratory Care +
10:30 AM10:30

Herbs for Firey Times :: Botanical Medicine for Respiratory Care +

Hosted in the garden by Black Sage Botanicals: www.blacksagebotanicals.org

As the fires in California have amped up their intensity, let us meet the times empowered & well-prepared with skills and resources to keep ourselves and our families well!

Herbs for Firey Times is a class to explore how we can work with botanical medicine & food for respiratory support, exposure to contaminated smoke, and the emotional repurcussions of such extreme events!

Class is offered on a donation basis
(suggested $15 - 30)
No one is turned away for lack of funds.
All are welcome.
More info on link of Facebook click here

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California Plants - A look at our iconic flora
7:00 PM19:00

California Plants - A look at our iconic flora

Free lecture & book signing with Dr. Matt Ritter

Co-hosted by the Los Olivos Library and Santa Ynez Valley Natural History Society at
Los Olivos Community Organization Hall (formerly Santa Ynez Valley Grange)
2374 Alamo Pintado Avenue, Los Olivos

There are more than 5,000 native plant species in California—nearly one third of which are now rare or endangered. Matt Ritter, professor of botany at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, seeks to raise awareness of our state’s unique botanical beauty with his new book, California Plants: A Guide to our Iconic Flora. Matt uses a straightforward, approachable style to celebrate the state’s flora and natural areas. During his lecture, he will share his photos and stories about some of the fascinating species included in his new field guide. Matt will be available to sign copies of his new book after his talk.

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Dr. Matt Ritter is a botany professor in the Biological Sciences Department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where he studies California’s native plants and cultivated trees. He’s the author of several books, including A Californian’s Guide to the Trees among Us (Heyday, 2011). He won the Cal Poly Excellence in Teaching Award and the International Society of Arboriculture Award for Excellence in Education. He’s an avid woodworker, mason, and gardener.

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Fall Faeries & Dragons Festival
1:00 PM13:00

Fall Faeries & Dragons Festival

Join us in the garden for a magical, fun filled day for all dragons, faeries, elves, gnomes, children and adults of all ages!

Fun for all ages including:

  • Building Faerie Gardens

  • Making Magic Willow Wands

  • Create Dragon & Faerie Wings

  • Explore the Mystical Willow Maze

  • Magical Face Painting

And much more fun to list!

Free admission for a fun filled day for all in the garden! For more information or if you’d like to help or volunteer for this magical day, please contact us!

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Photography in Nature Workshop
2:00 PM14:00

Photography in Nature Workshop

Learn tips and techniques for capturing great portrait and landscape photos in nature from professionals!

Open to all ages, interests and skill levels!

Bring your cameras of any kind, phones to digital to film, for a fun workshop exploring nature while learning the best ways to capture beautiful images of people, landscapes, animals and plants!

Featuring worldly acclaimed photographer Jose Villa, SYV Botanic Garden photographer Derek Glas, talented family photographer Angelina Hernandez and photographer, location scout and producer Bill Henderson.

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5:30 PM17:30

SYV Botanic Garden Appreciation Dinner



March 2019

We are so thankful for your support of the SYV Botanic Garden and for signing up to join us in our Appreciation Dinner. Unfortunately many can not attend next Sunday and we'd like to wine and dine everyone possible by rescheduling to February. We look forward to seeing you at a location and date to be announced shortly.  

All new Memberships will be honored and all old memberships that are active at this time, will be honored for February dinner. Thank you again for your support of the garden, there are several upcoming events and workshops to take part in this fall! We'd love for you to join and hope to see you there. Please check our website for up to date information and sign ups and further information on the Appreciation BBQ in March!

The Santa Ynez Valley Botanic Garden

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Succulent Pumpkin Workshop
1:00 PM13:00

Succulent Pumpkin Workshop

Join us at the garden to create a beautiful fall succulent topped pumpkin. With a few changes these can last you through he holidays and beyond! A popular annual class with limited space, please be sure to RSVP or pre-register here to save your spot!

All materials provided for a donation of:

Sign up to become a SYVBG member today and take advantage of member discounts and perks!

All are encouraged to bring cuttings from your own gardens to share and use in your own arrangements!

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Santa Ynez Valley Arbor Day
10:00 AM10:00

Santa Ynez Valley Arbor Day

Celebrate Arbor Day with the Santa Ynez Valley Botanic Garden. Learn great info on trees, when to plant, how to plant and the best types of trees for our area as well as care and expert information. Some of the activities for all ages to include:

• Ask an Arborist - question and answers from tree experts (11:30-12:30)

• Top Ten Trees for the Santa Ynez Valley

• Kids “Thanks Tree” Craft Activity (11-12:30)

• How to Plant a Tree Display (10-1)

• Tree ID Scavenger Hunt - Learning Native Trees (10-1)

• Reading in the Garden ...story time (11-1:00)

• Composting demonstration & information

• Mulch & Wood Chip display & information

Free event for all to attend, donations are appreciated. Join us for a day of fun, learning and exploration of nature!

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to Sep 27

Nature Story

Introducing: NATURE STORY
In the Santa Ynez Valley Botanic Garden
with Creator & Instructor Vlatka Herzberg


Imagine an outdoor enrichment program in the Botanic Garden with storytelling, writing, reading and fun activities. We will explore the SYV Botanic Garden with its local trees and plants one afternoon, each week. The children then write, read and tell nature stories inspired by the garden.
Research has shown that time in nature improves a child’s learning abilities, creativity, emotional well-being and self-value.
Your child will experience child-centered nature exploration and the building of Language Art Skills with a variety of activities including nature journal writing.

2:30PM - 5:30PM

Don't miss out on this fun and enriching program! Contact Vlatka to enroll now or for more information: 866-698-6537 or contact Vlatka directly at 415-209-3959

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6:00 PM18:00

Garden Tours & Information

Please join us this Wednesday April 18th, 2018 at 6pm in the Santa Ynez Valley Botanic Garden for complimentary wine, beverages & snacks, tour and find out about the botanic garden, meet board members, learn about our exciting events, programs and workshops, brainstorm ideas and sign up for memberships and volunteer opportunities. Great time to come out and check out the garden, everything is coming into bloom!

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12:00 PM12:00

Santa Ynez Valley Earth Day

On May 21, 2017 from noon until 5:00 pm, come celebrate the 15th Annual Santa Ynez Valley Earth Day at River View Park in Buellton, hosted by the Santa Ynez Valley Botanic Garden. Please see the SYV Earth Day website for further details.

  • Sustainable Solutions
  • Environmental Non-Profits
  • Water-Wise Landscaping
  • Alternative Energy Green Cars Green Businesses
  • Kids Green Zone
  • Family Activities and Prizes
  • Silent Auction
  • VIP Sponsors
  • Beer & Wine Garden
  • Food Court
  • Live Entertainment
  • Guest Speakers: James Heins, Marc McGinnes
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6:30 PM18:30

Movie Under The Stars - Rescheduled!

Please Note - This Event Has Been Rescheduled to May 12 2017

SYV Botanic Garden /SYV Earth Day
Friday, May 12, 2017
6:30-9:00 PM. Movie starts near 8:00 pm

Documentary Movie:
'Gaviota, the end of Southern California'. 

The word is out! Tickets are available to anyone excited to step outside and join the fun. 

The Gaviota Coast documentary was first featured at the popular Santa Barbara Film Festival. Its popularity was apparent by the large numbers of fans who were turned away both evenings at the doors due to high demand and lack of space. No worries! Here is your opportunity to see it again, or for the first time. 

End another perfect Sunday by relaxing under the stars at Flying Flags RV Resort in Buellton, the northern gateway to the spectacular Gaviota Coast. 

Don't forget to bring your lawn chair and blanket as it can be chilly in early May.  

6:30-8:00 pm (Dark) 
Relax and mingle at the Beer and Wine garden, offering refreshing local wine and beer tabled by SYV Earth Day/SYV Botanic Garden.

Catering the event is Flat Bread Pizza from Los Alamos, who will serve their their delicious culinary creations.

Relax with friends and family by one of the several fire pits, listen to live music by none other then Jade Hendrix, and play a game of bocce. 

8 pm
At first sign of stars the movie will begin.

The Gaviota documentary is truly a must see and talk of the town. The coexistence of native flora, animal life, the coast and the majestic Santa Ynez mountains is beautifully captured by the Gaviota film crew. 

For more information, visit :
Brown paper tickets.com


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1:00 PM13:00

Sustainable, Water-Wise Garden Tour

On Sunday, May 7, 2017 WE Watch and the Santa Ynez Valley Botanic Garden will hold their first Sustainable, Water-Wise Garden Tour.  The tour will run from 1 – 4 p.m. with a wine reception following the tour from 4 – 5:30 p.m., catered by Sass. If you are an avid gardener or just enjoy beautiful landscapes, this will be an opportunity for you to see creative use of low water using plants and elegant hardscapes or learn about the best practices for using and managing water in your garden and lighting that protects the night sky.

The tour will offer a rare peak at four private gardens designed by local landscape professionals who will be onsite to present the unique features of their gardens as well as answer your specific questions. By having ticket holders provide their own transportation, we are able to hold the admission fee down.

Tickets prices are $55 for general public, $45 for members of WE Watch or the Santa Ynez Valley Botanic Garden.

Proceeds from the Garden Tour will go to a scholarship program for graduating seniors from Santa Ynez High School who have been accepted into a 2- or 4-year college to pursue studies in the natural sciences, geology, ecology, land use planning, or agronomy. This scholarship program, funded by donations to WE Watch, is now in its fourth year. This year, for the first time, it will be co-sponsored by the SYV Botanic Garden.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact Susan Bott at 805-708-6337 or susanbott@aol.com.

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1:00 PM13:00

Celebrate Arbor Day

Every tree matters! Come out on Sunday, October 23rd from 1pm -4pm and celebrate Arbor Day with us! 

We will have guided tours, tree sales, planting, pruning tips, and trees selection advice. Looking forward to a fun day at the Santa Ynez Valley Botanic Garden! 



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12:00 PM12:00

Santa Ynez Valley Earth Earth 2016

SYV Earth Day is a educational and fun event for the community, by the community. There will be music, guest speakers and activities for the entire family.  You can find information for all the day's events on our facebook page. We'll see you there! Also check out the Santa Ynez Valley Earth Day Page  Facebook .

Music with Jeff Pine, the Ruben Lee Dalton Band and The Caverns.  

Guest speakers: Jim Hines, chair of the Sierra Club.  "Protecting the environment we all Care About."

James Lawson with Sky's the Limit.  "Travels around the World in Hot Air Balloon."

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