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Artist Patrick O'Hara and his magnificent obsession

March 1, 2008

Working from his home and studio in the village of Currabinny in Cork harbour, on Ireland's south coast, Patrick has spent forty years travelling the world studying and drawing wildflowers.

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Botanic Garden Flag at the Breakwater

December 1, 2007

The Botanic Garden is pleased to have its flag included in the project, which was originally sponsored by the late Paul Mills, former director of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

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Santa Barbara Beautiful 2007: Open Public Space Award

December 1, 2007

In an era characterized by increasing urbanization, nearly 99% of the Botanic Garden is comprised of open space and designed landscape exhibits. From its initial 13 acres to 78 acres today, it is a testament to the Botanic Garden's leadership over the past 81 years, that this space has been able to be made available for the public's enjoyment.

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Artist Patrick O'Hara Paints the Wildflowers of California

September 1, 2007

His new watercolor collection, "Wildflowers of California", is specially commissioned by the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

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