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Celebrate National Public Gardens Day with the Garden Lovers Tour

Enjoy three of Santa Barbara’s most celebrated gardens: Lotusland, Casa del Herrero, and Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens

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April 30, 2013

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Celebrate National Public Gardens Day with an exclusive Garden Lovers Tour!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (April 30, 2013)

WHO: Casa del Herrero, Ganna Walska Lotusland, Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens

WHAT: Garden Lovers Tour

Enjoy three of Santa Barbara’s most celebrated gardens. Lotusland and Casa del Herrero tours will feature specially-trained garden docents for those facilities. At Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens, morning tours will be led by the garden’s original designer Grant Castleberg and Carol Terry, the well-known City Parks caretaker of Alice for over 15 years; afternoon tours will be led by author and landscape architect Billy Goodnick and Virginia Hayes, garden writer and Curator of Lotusland.

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The Garden Lovers Tour includes:

  • Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens – The crown jewel of the City park system, “Alice” feeds the mind and spirit of visitors, featuring unique botanical and horticultural elements in an exquisite urban retreat
  • Casa del Herrero - A National Historic Landmark, the estate garden is one of the few remaining as originally designed during the Golden Age of American Gardens(1895-1940)
  • Ganna Walska Lotusland - A world-renowned 37-acre botanical estate garden featuring design whimsy and containing rare subtropical and tropical plants from around the world

WHEN: Friday, May 10, 8am to 12:30pm -OR- 1pm to 5:30pm
FEE: $50.00 includes docent-led tours, transportation between gardens, and free parking at the starting point. Reservations are required by calling 805-565-5653. Space is limited.
WHY: May is Public Gardens Appreciation Month in Santa Barbara. Get Inspired! Explore Santa Barbara's Public Gardens.
For a complete listing of offers and activities visit the Santa Barbara Public Gardens Partnership website.

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About: Santa Barbara Public Gardens Partnership is a county-wide collaboration whose mission is to promote awareness of our unique and inspiring public gardens, celebrate their beauty and benefits, and encourage their year-round enjoyment by visitors and residents of the Santa Barbara community.

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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

Joni Kelly
Communications Manager
office: (805) 682-4726 ext. 132
email: jkelly@sbbg.org