Porter Trail scene
Porter Trail scene

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. Mosaic of chaparral and oak woodland species: Hesperoyucca, Arctostaphylos, Salvia, Artemisia, Pinus, Quercus, etc.

Meadow mosaic
Meadow mosaic

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. Bunchgrasses with annual and perennial wildflowers.

Channel Islands composition
Channel Islands composition

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden entry planting: Eriogonum grande var. rubescens, Elymus condensatus 'Canyon Prince', and Constancea (Eriophyllum) nevinii 'Canyon Silver'.

Porter Trail scene
Porter Trail scene

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. Mosaic of chaparral and oak woodland species: Hesperoyucca, Arctostaphylos, Salvia, Artemisia, Pinus, Quercus, etc.

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Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

 

My design work in California began at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. As director of horticulture, I oversaw the care and development of the garden’s living collections. I worked closely with staff and consultants to create the award-winning Home Demonstration Garden, the nationally registered Dudleya display, and the first Japanese tea garden composed of California native plants. Transforming the garden’s Meadow into a year-round, ever-changing tapestry of colors and textures was a grand experiment that helped spur interest in gardening with California’s wonderful array of bunchgrasses and associated wildflowers.