Friday, May 11, is National Public Gardens Day, and it is the perfect time to see all of the natural green beauty that our community has to offer. Santa Barbara’s private gardens have joined the city and county parks departments to put on a fantastic day-long celebration, highlighted by free admission and multiple tours.
This collaboration between Santa Barbara’s public organizations and private nonprofits is the first of its kind in the country, leading the way for other cities across the nation. Dr. Steve Windhager, Executive Director of Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, describes it as a ”win-win-win situation: for all the organizations involved; for raising awareness about the abundance of fantastic gardens in the area; and for the community.”
And you won’t want to miss this special opportunity to take in the beauty of our community’s many public gardens while raising awareness of the importance of environmental preservation and education. Make reservations to join the Garden Lovers Tour, which includes transportation to Ganna Walska Lotusland, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Casa del Herrero and Old Mission Santa Barbara, or leisurely stroll through the various participating gardens on your own time. Either way, the beautiful scenery won’t disappoint.
To reserve a spot on the Garden Lovers Tour, or for more information about the day’s other activities, visit www.sbpublicgardens.org.
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