Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

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Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
The central meadow region of the Botanic Garden, looking north
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is located in California
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is located in the United States
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
TypeBotanical garden
LocationMission Canyon, Santa Barbara, California, United States
Coordinates34°27′13.63″N 119°42′33.96″W / 34.4537861°N 119.7094333°W / 34.4537861; -119.7094333Coordinates: 34°27′13.63″N 119°42′33.96″W / 34.4537861°N 119.7094333°W / 34.4537861; -119.7094333
Area78 acres (32 ha)
Opened1926 (1926)

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a 78-acre botanical garden,[1] containing over 1,000 species of rare and indigenous plants.[2] It is located in Mission Canyon, Santa Barbara, California, United States.

The purpose of the Garden is to display California native plants in natural settings. There are approximately 9.2 km (5.7 mi) of hiking trails within the garden. Mission Creek flows through the premises, and includes a rock dam which was constructed in 1806[1] by Native Americans (mainly Canaliños) under the direction of the Spanish padres of the adjacent Mission Santa Barbara.[citation needed]

The Garden was founded in 1926 and designed by noted landscape architect Beatrix Farrand.[3] By 1936 its focus had narrowed to plants native to the California Floristic Province (which includes a bit of southwestern Oregon and part of Baja California, as well as most of the state of California). The Garden became a Santa Barbara County Landmark in 1983 (the dam on Mission Creek was already designated as a State Historic Landmark).[4]

The Garden has a plant breeding program. Plant introduction include Aesculus californica 'Canyon Pink', Agave shawii, Arctostaphylos 'White Lanterns', Arctostaphylos 'Canyon Blush', Arctostaphylos insularis 'Canyon Sparkles', Artemisia californica 'Canyon Gray', Berberis aquifolium 'Mission Canyon', Ceanothus 'Wheeler Canyon', Ceanothus 'Far Horizons', Ceanothus arboreus 'Powder Blue', Eriophyllum nevinii 'Canyon Silver', Fremontodendron 'Dara's Gold', Heuchera 'Blushing Bells', Heuchera 'Canyon Belle', Heuchera 'Canyon Chimes', Heuchera 'Canyon Delight', Heuchera 'Canyon Duet', Heuchera 'Canyon Melody', Heuchera 'Canyon Pink', Heuchera 'Dainty Bells', Heuchera 'Pink Wave', Iris 'Canyon Snow', Lessingia filaginifolia 'Silver Carpet', Leymus condensatus 'Canyon Prince', Salvia 'Dara's Choice', Salvia cedrosensis 'Baja Blanca', Salvia leucophylla 'Amethyst Bluff', and Verbena lilacina 'De La Mina'.

Jesusita fire damage[edit]

On May 6, 2009, part of the Botanic Garden was burned in the Jesusita Fire,[1] which burned much of the front country of the Santa Ynez Mountain range behind Santa Barbara. While garden displays have recovered from the devastating effects of the fire, several buildings were destroyed and have not yet been replaced. One was the century-old Gane House, which contained the overstock for the garden library as well as many of the tools used for garden upkeep; the home of the garden's director; and a wooden deck overlooking the creek.[5] The Garden continues to replace vehicles and equipment which had been stored in the Gane House. June, 2015 marks the ground-breaking on the new John C. Pritzlaff Conservation Center at the site of the old Gane House. This building is slated for occupation at the end of 2015.

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  1. ^ a b c Fodor's (21 December 2010). Fodor's Northern California 2011: With Napa, Sonoma, Yosemite, San Francisco & Lake Tahoe. Random House Digital, Inc. p. 54. ISBN 978-1-4000-0503-1. Retrieved 25 December 2011.
  2. ^ "Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Collections". Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-02-16. Retrieved 2008-03-31.
  3. ^ Saeks, Diane Dorran (1999). California Country: Interior Design, Architecture, and Style. Chronicle Books. p. 105. ISBN 0-8118-2236-2.
  4. ^ "Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Mission and History". Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-09-13. Retrieved 2008-03-31.
  5. ^ Los Angeles Times: Botanic garden loses century-old building

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