About Santa Ynez Valley Botanic Garden
This public botanic garden has been built by our community for our community. When the adjacent community park, ‘River View Park’ was developed, a requirement was put in place to set aside 2 ½ acres as habitat for the endangered Western Willow Fly Catcher, a bird known to nest along the nearby Santa Ynez River.
A non-profit group was formed with the vision of creating a botanic garden on the site that had been used for dumping spoils from the area.With the support of the City of Buellton, the barren site, was graded and the initial paths were placed. Seventy three native trees were donated and planted by volunteers. These trees, in little more than a decade, provide shade and shelter for outdoor school students and neighbors and visitors just wanting to pause and reconnect with nature.