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January 17, 2011
Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

It’s our last stop at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.  Dudleyas – Check.  Spiky succulents – Check.   Onward to that lush trail we see ahead.

Rooftop Garden

Rooftop Garden

The rooftop garden was beckoning us with its breathtaking views of the Santa Ynez Mountains in the distance.

Underneath the Rooftop Garden

Underneath the Rooftop Garden

We’re standing underneath the Herb Parker’s Botanic Garden sculpture, aka that rooftop garden. It’s a winding labyrinth which leads into a sitting / meditation area…then back out again. If you look closely, the Redwood logs used for the supports are kicking out some new growth. The Santa Barbara Independent has some nice picks of the construction (along with a little drama…that seems to have pasted).

Fuchsia-flowered Gooseberry - Ribes speciosum

Fuchsia-flowered Gooseberry - Ribes speciosum

There’s a bunch of California natives, grasses, and other perennials up and down this place and here’s a closer look as some of our picks…Starting with this cute Fuchsia flowered Gooseberry (Ribes speciosum). Ah, love that fuchsioides type flowers.

Lake Tahoe Buckwheat - Eriogonum umbellatum 'Lake Tahoe'

Lake Tahoe Buckwheat - Eriogonum umbellatum

The yellow blooms of the Lake Tahoe Buckwheat (Eriogonum umbellatum ‘Lake Tahoe’) were popping in the distant. Reminds me a lot of the Coast Buckwheat we have growing near our hood.

Canyon Blush Manzanita - Arctostaphylos glauca 'Canyon Blush'

Canyon Blush Manzanita - Arctostaphylos glauca

Okay, let’s talk in the 3rd person for a moment about this one. Matti had a revelation while looking at this shrub. Burning bush moment you ask? Well, not quite…but just as profound. Matti just made the connection that Manzanita and Arctostaphylos are the basically the same thing. That is, Manzanita is the common name for the genus Arctostaphylos. Yes…nothing gets by Matti lol.

Wildlife in the pond.

Wildlife in the pond.


Didn’t catch the name on these, and they seem to enjoy sitting in the sun.

Creek to the falls.

Creek to the falls.

There’s a creek that runs through their more woodsy sections. Due to the heavy rains that were falling the days before (we were there end of December), some of the trails were a little slick and not recommended for hiking, but we did manage to trek to the 20 foot waterfall.

Arctostaphylos 'Knobcone Point'


Save yourself plenty time to check out the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden…2-3 hours goes by fast here.

So, we’re officially leaving Santa Barbara and continuing our road trip south to the mother of all gardens. Feel free to check out more pics of Santa Barbara on our Flickr.

— Far Out Flora

6 Comments leave one →
  1. January 17, 2011 10:54 am

    Aha! Those purple and yellow flowers are sprouting under my grow lights right now. I collected the seeds in Buena Vista park. Let me know if you figure out what they are!

  2. Kaveh permalink
    January 17, 2011 12:35 pm

    I believe they are Erigeron glauca.

    Interesting to learn of the drama going on behind the scenes at the garden. It is too bad that to bring in visitors and much needed cash gardens are forced to create exhibits (redwood maze, train shows) that some members and volunteers feel go against the mission statement.

    Nonetheless it is a beautiful garden.

  3. January 17, 2011 8:04 pm

    I loved your Burning Bush moment…sounds exactly like something I would do!

  4. January 18, 2011 10:45 am

    Without a Jepson in hand, I second Kaveh’s guess (though even if I had a Jepson, I probably would be too lazy….!). Seaside daisy — a happy little coastal scrub plant, and I’ve seen it around here at Baker Beach and the parking lot planters at Land’s End. The ever venerable Las Pilitas gives more info here:
    Also, love that structure, I will have daydreams today of living in it!

  5. January 19, 2011 12:38 am

    Now that’s what a botanic garden should look like – Lovely – ufschia flowered gooseberry ? amazing – gonna look that one out

  6. January 28, 2011 3:40 pm

    The place looks to have recovered somewhat from the devestating fire of ’09. That’s good!

    Marah of some sort in the first picture? M. macrocarpa? The heavy rains of December have brought them forth with a vengence in this area

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