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FRIENDS OF SAN LUIS OBISPO BOTANICAL GARDEN

To honor and preserve connections with Nature.

aka San Luis Obispo Botancial Garden   |   San Luis Obispo, CA   |  www.slobg.org

Mission

To honor and preserve our connection with nature Our botanical garden propagates and displays the diverse plant life of mediterranean climate zones. We serve the people of San Luis Obispo County and visitors, by providing nature education, opportunities for community interaction, an events space, water conservation demonstrations, a fire- safe landscape display, children’s exploration, life celebration gardens, outdoor recreation, botanical research, a horticultural library, connection to indigenous culture and artistic endeavors.

Ruling year info

1996

Executive Director

Ms. Chenda Lor

Founder, Board President

Eva Vigil

Main address

3450 Dairy Creek Rd.

San Luis Obispo, CA 93405 USA

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EIN

77-0248682

NTEE code info

Botanical Gardens, Arboreta and Botanical Organizations (C41)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our botanical garden displays and preserves the diverse plant life of Mediterranean climate zones. We serve the residents of San Luis Obispo county by providing nature education, fire-safe garden practices, a community event space, youth programs, water conservation demonstrations, children's gardens of exploration, life celebration gardens, outdoor recreation, botanical research, a plants library, connection to native Chumash Indian culture, and celebration of the arts. We also contribute to the economy of SLO County by serving as a tourist destination for visitors.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Adult Tours

Knowledgeable docents will lead your group on a fascinating tour through our two-acre Garden or our Sustainable Facilities. Tours generally last about an hour and must be scheduled in advance.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Journey through the Garden as knowledgeable docents guide your hands-on learning experience. All K-6 school tours are aligned with the State of California Content Standards.

Each trail is rich with botanical samplings of mediterranean climate plants and offers countless opportunities for exploring natural wonders. The Garden reflects the beauty and diversity of plant life that thrives in the similar climatic conditions of the five mediterranean climate zones of the world; the Mediterranean Basin in Europe, Central Chile, Cape Province of South Africa, South and Western Australia and our own region in California.Nestled along a natural riparian woodland, the Preview Garden is an ideal setting for outdoor learning activities.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Young adults

Get outside and PLAY! We’re making connections with nature, one child at a time.

With a goal of “education through exploration,” the Garden is dedicated to teaching children of all ages about the natural environment, rules of ecology, sustainability, where food comes from and how to eat healthfully. Our children’s garden was built to work with nature to help conserve water and help plants grow properly. The entire garden is made of edible plants that can be used for medicinal teas, spices or a side dish for dinner.

Population(s) Served
Families

Garden Fresh Family Cooking
This is a great class for children and guardians to discover the joy of cooking fresh-from-the-garden meals, and features local, organic produce.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Each summer children play, explore and Investigate the natural world one week each summer. Children enjoy the outdoors and explore the five mediterranean climates of the world through hikes, gardening, art, music, cooking, live animals and hands-on activities. Campers discover the relationship between people and plants. Camp is for 2nd-6th grade.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Saturday at the Garden is a monthly educational program held on the second Saturday of each month. Speakers cover a wide range of topics from plants structures to sustainable garden design.

Population(s) Served
Adults

This is more than just a plant sale! It is an opportunity to learn more about your climate region and see a multitude of plant species that thrive in such a climate. San Luis Obispo is in one of the five mediterranean climate zones spread throughout the world and you will find plants from these zones showcased in our beautifully landscaped garden. Plants from these mediterranean zones are well suited to our climate and are drought resistant, so be sure to wander through our Garden to get inspiration for your own landscaping!

Get expert advice– Are you having specific plant problems? Do you need advice for your garden? Come talk with our experts and find out what plants would work best for your situation.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

American Public Garden Association 2022

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To honor and preserve our connection with nature.

Our botanical garden propagates and displays the diverse plant life of mediterranean climate zones. We serve the people of San Luis Obispo County and visitors, by providing nature education, opportunities for community interaction, an events space, water conservation demonstrations, a fire- safe landscape display, children’s exploration, life celebration gardens, outdoor recreation, botanical research, a horticultural library, connection to indigenous culture and artistic endeavors.

We are a treasured local, national, and international resource for nature education, outdoor recreation, community interaction, celebration of the arts, health and wellness activities, world-class botanical collections, horticultural research, plant propagation, creative inspiration, local history, indigenous culture, and delight.

We have grown our staff and increased our volunteer capacity (including over $100k of donated labor) to maintain 150 acres of demonstration gardens, a propagation center, a children's education garden, and recreation trails.

Financials

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FRIENDS OF SAN LUIS OBISPO BOTANICAL GARDEN

Board of directors
as of 02/02/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Eve Vigil

President, Founder

Term: 2020 - 2022

Eva Vigil

Retired

Ke-Ping Tsao, M.D.

Physician

Gaby Levine

Retired

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/31/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian/Asian American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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