Mother's Day Poppy Picnic at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

mothers day poppy picnic

This Mother’s Day, treat your mother to a unique Poppy Picnic in a wildflower meadow at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden! Located less just 5-miles from the garden, Broughton’s boutique Inn at East Beach is the perfect place to stay for the weekend of May 8th.


About Mother’s Day Poppy Picnic

Give your mom the perfect backdrop of bright orange poppies, purple lupine and other seasonal flowers as she enjoys lunch in the spectacular California wildflower meadow at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. The Garden is offering a poppy-themed picnic basket packed with gourmet delicacies and a keepsake flower. Beautiful, naturalistic gardens created entirely with California native plants help rejuvenate the spirit: From redwood forests to dry deserts, experience California’s iconic landscapes all in one place at the Garden. Don’t forget to discover local history at the Mission Dam and bask in the serenity of the authentic Japanese Tea House Garden before you go!


Lunch baskets are available for 2 and 4 people, with both veggie and non-veggie options. Each basket includes free admission to the Garden, a commemorative map of the best picnic spots in the Garden, a Poppy keepsake flower, lunch (for 2 or 4), napkins, plates, utensils, and a 20% off one full price item coupon for the Garden Gift Shop (drinks are not included). Lunch options include:


Mediterranean Veggie

  • Mediterranean Goddess sandwiches- kalamata olives, scallion hummus, baba ganoush, green leaf lettuce, tomato, cucumbers served on ciabatta bread
  • Baby field green side salads- spring mix greens, grape tomatoes, carrots, cucumber, balsamic vinaigrette
  • Poppy seed cupcakes


Smoked Turkey

  • Smoked turkey sandwiches- smoked turkey breast, fresh mozzarella, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, green leaf lettuce, fresh basil, tomato, roasted bell peppers, grilled onion on rosemary ciabatta bread
  • Caesar side salads- romaine lettuce, parmesan cheese, fresh croutons, vegan Caesar dressing
  • Poppy seed cupcakes


Baskets for 2 people are $55 ($50 for Garden members) and baskets for 4 are $110 ($100 for Garden members). Baskets can be ordered online and must be purchased BEFORE April 22. They will be available for pickup at the Garden Gift Shop on May 8th between 10am-3pm. The picnic will take place rain or shine, so dress appropriately.


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Mother’s Day Poppy Picnic at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Where: The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

When: Sunday, May 8th 10am-3pm

Admission: $50+


Where to Stay

Inn at East Beach

Whatever makes your ideal California weekend getaway, the Inn at East Beach Hotel in Santa Barbara is here to help you stay well- and well within your budget! 1029 Orilla Del Mar, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. 805.965.0546