This is a pictorial of beautiful places around Santa Barbara and Santa Inez Valley.
Zinnias and salvia at Buttonwood Farms in the picnic area.
Seaside daisy for sale in Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens, a great place to visit! It is great for kids too because there are tons of short trails to walk, shade in the canyons, a cool gift shop, etc.
Santa Barbara Bontanic Gardens where you can learn about native plants and drought-tolerant plants, plus get ideas for water features like this one. Now wouldn’t that be nice in your backyard?
Going to Santa Barbara? You gotta go to Andersen’s Danish bakery! I just had to throw this in! You get hungry gardening (and visiting gardens).
Coastal redwoods in the canyon at the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens, a place to cool off and slow down.
Native plants for sale at Bontanic Gardens. I hauled home three: a verbena (Verbena lilacina “De La Mina”), a coral bells variety native to the Channel Islands (Heuchera maxima) and a Seaside Daisy (Erigeron glaucs). I wanted to buy a lot more but I didn’t.
Santa Barbara Mission on a Sunday morning with rose garden in forefront. Overall, it was very dry and dusty but the roses were still in bloom and better than mine at home!
Yarrow and verbena bonarensis at Buttonwood Farms.
Last stop was Rancho Olivos to buy olive oil. I snuck into the corral next door to take a picture with a horse because I needed one for the Babbitt Ranches newsletter where my blog will be mentioned soon! Can I please keep this horse? Thank you to Christopher Davis of the Grapeline Shuttle for taking this photo! (and a great tour of the wine country!)