Santa’s Workshop at SBBG during Holiday Marketplace

Santa’s Workshop at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden during Holiday Marketplace. Over 30 Artisans to Feature One-of-a-Kind, Handcrafted, Nature-Inspired Items at 19th Annual Event

October 22, 2012

Santa’s Workshop at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden during Holiday Marketplace
Over 30 Artisans to Feature One-of-a-Kind, Handcrafted, Nature-Inspired Items at 19th Annual Event

Santa Barbara, CA – October 22, 2012- The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden proudly presents the 19th Annual Holiday Marketplace generously sponsored by Perry Ford of Santa Barbara on November 17 and 18, from 10am to 4pm. Come shop in this beautiful outdoor setting as the Garden’s Courtyard is transformed into a veritable Santa’s workshop!

Featuring more than 30 local artisans – many using re-purposed, natural or nature-inspired materials – 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 adorable items for children – 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, succulent wreaths, herbal products, locally-produced olive oil and honey, scented soaps and candles and much, 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.

“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 guest ~ free from the hustle and bustle that the holiday season tends to bring.”
In addition to the vendor booths, the Garden Growers Nursery will have unusual plant surprises and the Garden Shop will feature fun, new items and special offers as well. Perry Ford of Santa Barbara will have a number of environmentally-efficient vehicles on display including the ALL NEW 2013 Ford C-MAX ENERGI Plug-In Hybrid and the Ford C-MAX Hybrid. Santa will be on-hand to pose for photos, warm beverages will be available for a suggested donation, and raffle tickets are on sale for $5.00 each or 5 for $20 and prizes include: restaurant gift cards, gift baskets, books, and jewelry. To complete this extraordinary shopping experience music will be provided by Jim Clark (ukulele/singer, Saturday and Sunday, 10:30am-12:30pm), Jamey Geston (acoustic pop/blues), Saturday, 1-3pm, and Agile Strum (acoustic pop duo), Sunday, 1-3pm.

To arrange interviews with event organizers Gail Milliken or Natalie Rosamund, or any of the artisans, and to request high-resolution photos, please contact Joni Kelly, Communications Manager, at 805-682-4726 ext. 132 or via cell at 805-886-1869.

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 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 19th 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