the twelfth installment of my historical Santa Barbara series is a pretty well known part of Santa Barbara, The Botanic Garden.
The Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens sits on a 78 acre plot of land and it has over 1,000 rare plants. The Botanic Garden was constructed in 1806 by Native Americans (mainly Canaliños) under the direction of the Spanish padres of the adjacent Santa Barbara Mission and was later founded in 1926 and designed by noted landscape architect Beatrix Farrand . By 1936 its focus had narrowed to plants native to the California Floristic Province (including Baja California). The Botanic Garden also has a renowned plant breeding program, the plants that were introduced include: the Aesculus californica or Canyon Pink’,the Agave shawii,the Arctostaphylos or “White Lanterns”,the Arctostaphylos or “Canyon Blush”,the Arctostaphylos insularis or “Canyon Sparkles”,the Artemisia californica or “Canyon Gray”,the Berberis aquifolium or “Mission Canyon”,the Ceanothus or “Wheeler Canyo”, the Ceanothus or “Far Horizons”,the Ceanothus arboreus or “Powder Blue”and the Eriophyllum nevinii or “Canyon Silver”.
unfortunately on May 6, 2009, a massive part of the Botanic Gardens was burned down in the Jesusita Fire,( 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.
the address is 1212 Mission Canyon Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 you should go check this historical place in Santa Barbara sometime, see you out there america 😉