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Holiday Marketplace

The Garden’s 20th Annual Holiday Marketplace Kicks-Off the Shopping Season in Style!

Over 35 Artisans Feature One-of-a-Kind, Handcrafted, Nature-Inspired Items from Local Vendors

October 22, 2013

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

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The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden proudly presents the 20th Annual Holiday Marketplace generously sponsored by Perry Ford of Santa Barbara on November 23 and 24, from 10am to 4pm. Come shop in this beautiful outdoor setting as the Garden’s Courtyard is transformed into a veritable Santa’s workshop!

This year’s 20th annual Holiday Marketplace offers gifts for everyone on your shopping list, in a festive, seasonal spirit-inducing venue:

  • More than 35 wonderful artisans with one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted items
  • New holiday items from The Garden Guild, along with their beloved traditional decorations
  • Nature-inspired creations using up-cycled and local materials
  • Local food purveyors with edible gifts for the foodies on your list
  • Special items in the Nursery and Garden Shop including lovely native “dish gardens”
  • A display of the latest fuel efficient vehicles from Perry Ford
  • Photos with Santa in the Garden ~ perfect for holiday cards!
  • Gift wrapping from Waldorf School students, for a small donation
  • Festive carolers and strolling musicians for holiday ambiance

This event provides a vast array of gift choices and decorative items. From hand-thrown ceramics to one-of-a-kind jewelry to custom-sewn textiles to custom crafted leather goods – the Holiday Marketplace, sponsored by Perry Ford of Santa Barbara, is one-stop shopping for even the most difficult-to-buy-for person on your holiday list. From fine art to folk art, there will be delightful stocking stuffers, herbal products, locally-produced olive oil and honey, scented soaps and candles and much more. This event would not be complete without the offerings of the ever-popular Garden Guild crafters and their uniquely whimsical pieces lovingly created using all-natural materials including their just-launched line of native bay leaf wreaths. 

“We really look forward to hosting this lovely event each year,” said Gail Milliken, Garden Shop Manager and coordinator of the Holiday Marketplace. “It truly does bring the community together to support these local artists and their inspired creations. By holding the Marketplace in the gorgeous Courtyard setting of the Garden it is our intention to provide a relaxed and enjoyable shopping experience for our guests ~ free from the hustle and bustle that the holiday season tends to bring.”

Discover a tranquil and pleasant way to take care of all those on your list, all the while creating new holiday memories, and help celebrate the 20th annual Holiday Marketplace at the Garden.
In addition to the vendor booths, more delightful discoveries await guests in the Garden Growers Nursery and Garden Shop. The Nursery will have unusual plant surprises including a limited quantity of lovely native “dish gardens”, living plant arrangements in ceramic pots perfect for an outdoor tabletop or to decorate an entryway. The Garden Shop will feature fun new items and special offers, as well as a fully-stocked Garden Pantry. Perry Ford of Santa Barbara will have three environmentally-efficient vehicles on display including the C-Max Energi, Focus Electric, and Fusion Energi. And Santa will be on-hand to pose for photos with the beautiful Garden as a back-drop – perfect for family holiday cards! Raffle tickets are on sale for $5.00 each or 3 for $10 and prizes include: restaurant gift cards, gift baskets, books, and jewelry. Warm beverages and free cookies provided by Silvergreens and Marmalade Café will add to the festive ambiance, while shoppers stroll through the Courtyard. To complete this extraordinary experience, music will be provided by Glendessary Jam (bluegrass and jazz, Saturday, 10:00am-12:30pm), Chucumite (Jarocho traditional Veracruz music, Saturday, 1-3:30pm), James Andrew Clark aka “Ukulele Jim” (ukulele/singer, Sunday, 10:00am-12:30pm), and Cheers! Quartet (a cappella, Sunday, 1-3:30pm).

To arrange interviews with event organizers Gail Milliken and Barbara Backlund, or any of the artisans, and to request high-resolution photos and broadcast quality B-roll, please contact Joni Kelly, Communications Manager, at 805-682-4726 ext. 132

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is located at 1212 Mission Canyon Road in Santa Barbara. As attendance is limited by our Conditional Use Permit, only 205 people can be allowed into the Garden at one time. Visitors are encouraged to carpool or use public transportation via MTD’s bus number 22 on the weekends.

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About Perry Ford of Santa Barbara:
Perry and Deborah Falk would like to thank the Santa Barbara community for their continued and steadfast support of Perry Ford of Santa Barbara. It is our pleasure to have the privilege of sponsoring this wonderful community event. Our company and its employees are grateful for your patronage in buying "local" and servicing your vehicles in our establishment. We wish you and your families the best and hope you take the opportunity to enjoy the 20th Annual Holiday Market Place at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.

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About the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden: 
The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a 78-acre educational and scientific institution fostering the conservation of California’s native plants and serves as a role model for sustainable practice in Santa Barbara, California. The Garden was founded in 1926 and is among the nation’s oldest botanic gardens focused exclusively on native plants.

To arrange an interview or to request high-resolution photos, please contact:

SBBG Communications Coordinator
(805) 682-4726 ext. 132