Santa Barbara Botanic Garden entry planting: Eriogonum grande var. rubescens, Elymus condensatus 'Canyon Prince', and Constancea (Eriophyllum) nevinii 'Canyon Silver'.
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. Mosaic of chaparral and oak woodland species: Hesperoyucca, Arctostaphylos, Salvia, Artemisia, Pinus, Quercus, etc.
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. Bunchgrasses with annual and perennial wildflowers.
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.