Member Spotlight

Stacy Bloodworth

image of Stacy BloodworthStacy Bloodworth spent the summers of her childhood in Santa Barbara visiting family, but her history with the Garden dates back about five years when she first visited to enjoy its hiking trails.

Stacy’s relationship with the Garden continued to grow and recently she became the Garden’s volunteer event photographer. “It is a different experience to volunteer at a Garden event and see the community and staff involvement. There’s a special love for the Garden that develops when one volunteers,” she notes.  A graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography, Stacy’s passion is in capturing candid moments as they unfold. Her gift is sharing that moment with others through her craft. 

image of Kathleen Crocetti oak mosaic at SBBG, photo by Stacy Bloodworth

Pictured here is an unexpected moment captured during the Kathleen Crocetti stained glass exhibit this past summer, when a guest wearing a striking white dress stopped to admire this colorful piece entitled Coast Live Oak with the reflecting light of the fading day shining through. The contrast created more than a gorgeous photograph, but also evoked the feeling and emotion of being there. According to Stacy, “you can’t stage a moment like that.” When she isn’t volunteering at Garden events like the Orchid Show Gala, Trails ‘n’ Tails, and the Members Picnic, you can find her donating her time and services to other Santa Barbara events such as the Parade of Lights, Harbor Festival, and Hugs for Cubs. The Garden is so fortunate to have Stacy’s talent and passion as part of our corps of fabulous volunteers.

To learn more about her photography, visit Stacy’s website or say hello to her at the next Garden event you attend!

Peter Schuyler

image of Peter Schuyler in his gardenPeter Schuyler’s interest in landscape design dates back to the 1970’s, when he was employed as a gardener at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.

“It’s where I learned what native plants need in a garden in terms of their horticultural environments and learning which areas work for plants to thrive best,“ he says. 

Now a restoration ecologist, and an SBBG Board member, Schuyler has taken his love of native plants and created a relaxing oasis in the comfort of his own backyard. “My vision was to create something that primarily used natives or else it had to be edible fruits or some sort of vegetable.” Using his expertise in the area of ecology, Schuyler built his own water filtration system that would allow his plants to be fed through Mother Nature’s natural elements. “I collect all the rainwater off the roof so 6,000 gallons of water goes in to gutters then flows into a series of filters and tanks,” a system that decreases the use of municipal water. Schuyler’s yard contains over 150 native California species, including drought-tolerant plants and numerous plants from the Channel Islands.

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden fosters the conservation of California's native plants through
our gardens, research and education, and serves as a role model of sustainable practices