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Spring bloom in the Meadow at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. Photo: Lorene Edwards Forkner

Tending a garden is a constant education. Likewise, whenever I visit a garden I always come away having learned something of value even if that garden is nothing like that of my familiar landscape in Seattle, Washington. Recently, four of us from Pacific Horticulture—Carol Moholt, executive director; Steve Gerischer, PHS board president; Andrea Testa-Vought, PHS outreach coordinator and board member; and me—all got together for an exciting couple of days of touring gardens and brainstorming with colleagues in Santa Barbara. The weather was foggy but pleasantly warm and spring-like. This PNW girl felt right at home in the maritime haze.

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden 2013 garden tour, Cultivating the Wild: Native Gardens of Montecito, featured five remarkable home gardens of incredible beauty and sophistication built on a palette of California native plants.  We were all struck by how well each garden nestled within the context of the surrounding scrubby hills and bluffs above this scenic shoreline community. Landsca...

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