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CASA DEL HERRERO
The estate garden at Casa del Herrero, just off East Valley Road, is one of the few West Coast gardens that remains as it was originally designed during the Golden Age of American Gardens (1895 – 1940). Named a National Historic Landmark, the Casa’s garden was created by innovative designers for well educated and wealthy clients who were anxious to express their individuality. Strongly and assuredly designed, this garden features sweeping vistas, architectural elements, radiant plantings and artistic details.
Casa del Herrero’s estate garden, a National Historic Landmark, remains as it was originally designed during the Golden Age of American Gardens (1895 – 1940).
Ganna Walska Lotusland, a 37-acre botanical wonder containing subtropical and tropical plants from around the world, is located in a residential Montecito neighborhood. It is home to several extraordinary collections of rare cycads, cacti, palms and euphorbias. Additional gardens feature ferns, aloes, succulents, lotuses, water lilies, and bromeliads. Themed gardens include the blue garden, theatre garden, butterfly garden and a Japanese garden. Other classic features are the water stairs, topiary garden, horticultural clock and a parterre.
Lotusland is a 37-acre botanical wonder containing subtropical and tropical plants from around the world.
SANTA BARBARA BOTANIC GARDEN
The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a 78-acre educational and scientific institution which fosters the conservation of California’s native plants and serves as a role model for sustainable practices. Founded in 1926, it is one of the nation’s oldest botanic gardens focused exclusively on native plants and has one of the state’s largest collections of California native plants. Docent-led and self-guided tours are available on 5.5 miles of trails through diverse California habitats such as the redwoods, desert and meadow.
The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is one of the nation’s oldest botanic gardens focused exclusively on native plants and has one of the state’s largest collections of California native plants.
CITY OF SANTA BARBARA, PARKS & RECREATION
The City of Santa Barbara offers residents and visitors a diverse parks system that includes 43 neighborhood, community, and open space parks, and 4 public beaches. Santa Barbara City Parks are well known for their beauty. Several parks feature unique horticultural and botanical resources which are highlighted during Public Gardens Appreciation Month. For more information on City Parks visit our website.
- Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens is a 4.5 acre park centrally located in downtown Santa Barbara. Known as the “crown jewel” of City parks, “Alice” features an extensive botanical collection, koi pond, sensory garden with audio posts and interpretive Braille signage, low water-use demonstration gardens, butterfly garden, a gazebo and picnic areas.
- Immediately adjacent to Alice is Alameda Park, one of the City’s oldest parks, is a two-block park consisting of unique rare trees.
- Franceschi Park, up on the Riviera, was once the home of famed botanist Francesco Franceschi. The park affords a panoramic view of the City and provides a tranquil horticultural resource for the community where the pioneering work of Dr. Franceschi is honored and continued.
- The A.C. Postel Memorial Rose Garden, adjacent to the Santa Barbara Mission, features over 1500 rose plants, many A.A.R.S. winners, is well known throughout the country as one of the better demonstration rose gardens.
CITY OF SANTA BARBARA WATER CONSERVATION PROGRAM
Santa Barbara’s Water Conservation program is a long-term leader in water conservation and ensures that conservation remains an important element of the City’s water supply plan. This valuable program seeks to increase public understanding and awareness of water conservation information, practices, and services. Popular services include free water checkups, landscaping rebates, online tools, the Green Gardener program, Garden Wise TV, and free mulch deliveries.
- The Firescape garden showcases fire-wise and water-wise plants that are both beautiful and functional. This garden visually demonstrates to homeowners the 4 zones surrounding a home and how to select and place plants in the zones for maximum fire protection, maintenance, aesthetics, and water conservation. Brochures and plant lists are provided in the kiosk.
RANCHO LA PATERA & STOW HOUSE (Est. 1873)
Goleta Valley Historical Society invites you to experience a beautiful, historic five-acre ranch, which has been preserved for future generations. Visit this local gem and discover the Picturesque style gardens that surround the Carpenter-Gothic style Stow House, a treasured landmark from the golden era of California ranching.
The gardens have long been loved by visitors to the Ranch. Located in the heart of the Los Carneros Natural & Historical Preserve, they are a popular respite for bird-watching and outdoor enjoyment. The Arboretum, is a surviving example of the late 19th/early 20th century Picturesque style garden, characterized by specimen trees from around the world, gardens with winding paths and broad, expansive lawns. The grounds surrounding the house were landscaped with exotic trees such as palms from South America, Mexico, Asia, and the Canary Islands, as well as Eugenia, Star Pine, and Bunya Bunya trees from Australia.
Currently in progress, the Arboretum Restoration Project will return the gardens surrounding Stow House to their spendor of the early 20th century.. Once restored, the gardens will be eligible for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places for cultural landscape, and will share this honor with Stow House, a proud member of the Registry.
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SANTA BARBARA BEAUTIFUL
Santa Barbara Beautiful was founded in 1965 as a non-profit organization of volunteers dedicated to beautifying the local area. The organization works independently as well as with neighborhood associations, City departments, local organizations and other agencies to enhance the community, promote its resources and actively participate in educational outreach.
Santa Barbara Beautiful was founded in 1965 as a non-profit organization of volunteers dedicated to beautifying the local area.
SIMPSON HOUSE INN
Your Best Choice Among Luxury Santa Barbara Hotels
Pamper yourself during your Santa Barbara vacation by booking a guest room or cottage at Simpson House Inn. With our wonderful mix of elegant accommodations and beautiful grounds, we have the proud distinction of being ranked as the only five diamond bed and breakfast in North America. Our boutique hotel is nestled on an acre of English gardens and features 15 guest rooms, suites and cottages. Our gardens have been awarded the prestigious “Santa Barbara Beautiful” Award. Housed in a Victorian estate built in 1874, Simpson House Inn invites you to relax with our perfect combination of historic charm and modern luxuries.
Santa Barbara was featured on the cover of Travel + Leisure in May 2013 and voted Best Getaway by L.A. Times Readers’ Choice Awards in 2012, Santa Barbara is located just 92 miles north of Los Angeles and 332 miles south of San Francisco, on the Pacific coastline. For travel and accommodation information and to request a free copy of the official Santa Barbara County Visitors Magazine, contact Visit Santa Barbara (VSB) at 800.676.1266, 805.966.9222, firstname.lastname@example.org or SantaBarbaraCA.com. Visitor information is also available at the Visitor Center, 1 Garden Street (at Cabrillo Boulevard).
Visit Santa Barbara is a non-profit 501(c)(6) organization jointly funded by the City of Santa Barbara, the County of Santa Barbara, the South Coast Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID) and by a membership of hospitality-related businesses. The primary mission of Visit Santa Barbara is to promote the City of Santa Barbara, South Coast & surrounding County Communities, as a destination for travel and media production to create economic vitality. VSB is an innovative tourism leader and destination authority that embodies the spirit and personality of Santa Barbara.
The Santa Barbara Zoo is celebrated as one of the world’s most beautiful small zoos, not only for its animals, but for its lush landscaping and sweeping vistas. An impressive variety of trees, shrubs, and flowering plants from around the world can be seen throughout the 30-acre property, plus a whimsical new Children’s Garden, the romantic Palm Garden (site of many weddings), expansive hilltop lawn, and many exotic plantings. The gardens utilize green and wastewater programs, and include native plant restoration.
The Santa Barbara Zoo is celebrated as one of the world’s most beautiful small zoos, not only for its animals, but for its lush landscaping and sweeping vistas.
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA COOPERATIVE EXTENSION (UCCE) MASTER GARDENERS OF SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
UCCE Master Gardeners of Santa Barbara County, organized in 1990, are certified, non-paid volunteers who provide science-based horticultural assistance to the gardening public in Santa Barbara County. They provide information by telephone, at plant clinics, at Farmers’ Markets, and at other venues with demonstrations, talks, and workshops on sustainable landscape practices.
UCCE Master Gardeners of Santa Barbara County are certified, non-paid volunteers who provide science-based horticultural assistance to the gardening public.