The rooftop garden was beckoning us with its breathtaking views of the Santa Ynez Mountains in the distance.
We’re standing underneath the Herb Parker’s Botanic Garden sculpture, aka that rooftop garden. It’s a winding labyrinth which leads into a sitting / meditation area…then back out again. If you look closely, the Redwood logs used for the supports are kicking out some new growth. The Santa Barbara Independent has some nice picks of the construction (along with a little drama…that seems to have pasted).
There’s a bunch of California natives, grasses, and other perennials up and down this place and here’s a closer look as some of our picks…Starting with this cute Fuchsia flowered Gooseberry (Ribes speciosum). Ah, love that fuchsioides type flowers.
The yellow blooms of the Lake Tahoe Buckwheat (Eriogonum umbellatum ‘Lake Tahoe’) were popping in the distant. Reminds me a lot of the Coast Buckwheat we have growing near our hood.
Okay, let’s talk in the 3rd person for a moment about this one. Matti had a revelation while looking at this shrub. Burning bush moment you ask? Well, not quite…but just as profound. Matti just made the connection that Manzanita and Arctostaphylos are the basically the same thing. That is, Manzanita is the common name for the genus Arctostaphylos. Yes…nothing gets by Matti lol.
Didn’t catch the name on these, and they seem to enjoy sitting in the sun.
There’s a creek that runs through their more woodsy sections. Due to the heavy rains that were falling the days before (we were there end of December), some of the trails were a little slick and not recommended for hiking, but we did manage to trek to the 20 foot waterfall.
Save yourself plenty time to check out the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden…2-3 hours goes by fast here.
So, we’re officially leaving Santa Barbara and continuing our road trip south to the mother of all gardens. Feel free to check out more pics of Santa Barbara on our Flickr.
– Far Out Flora