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Developing a new premier Mediterranean garden in California Chris Woods and Edward Schneider Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Santa Barbara, CA 93105 U.S.A.

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Developing a new premier Mediterranean garden in CaliforniaChris Woods and Edward SchneiderSanta Barbara Botanic GardenSanta Barbara, CA 93105 U.S.A.


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Collections California Islands as well as Baja California Islands.

  • Ceanothus, common in the California chaparral, and Dudleya, which include many endemics, are well represented in the Garden


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Collections California Islands as well as Baja California Islands.

  • Fremontodendron or Flannel Bush, common in the Sierran Chaparral, offers spectacular blooms


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Historic Mission Dam California Islands as well as Baja California Islands.

  • Built in 1805 by native Americans under the supervision of Franciscan padres to supply water for Mission Santa Barbara, this feature is part of a federally designated historic waterworks system


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Events & Exhibits California Islands as well as Baja California Islands.


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Education is at the core of the Garden California Islands as well as Baja California Islands.


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  • In June of 2003 a generous donor offered 80 acres to the Garden with the expectation that a new garden dedicated to display and education of world-wide Mediterranean flora would be developed

  • Transfer of ownership is in process

  • The property is located near Ojai, California, approximately 35 miles from the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden site


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Plants of western Australia such as collectionBanksia, Xanthorrhoea, Doryanthes, and Hymenosporum are also well established


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Future steps include: collection

 Continue the integration of Santa Barbara staff and operations into the Ojai site

  • Begin Master Planning

  • Secure collections of Chilean and old-world Mediterranean taxa

  • Apply for Conditional Use Permit from governmental agencies to operate as a public garden integrated with the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden under a common governance system

  • Market the site as the premier Mediterranean Garden of the United States


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