Media Coverage


Melissa Patrino Named Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Director of Development

November 24, 2021

Melissa G. Patrino has joined the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden as its new director of development. She will become part of the garden’s leadership team in January and report to its executive director Steve Windhager.

“I’m excited to welcome Melissa to the garden as the newest member of our senior leadership team,” said Windhager. “Melissa has demonstrated abilities with community organizing, effective communication, fund raising, and strategic leadership and she is also bilingual.

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Botanic Garden Symposium Presents “Childen in Nature”

December 3, 2019

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden presents "Children in Nature - Prescription for a Healthy Planet" during its Eighth Annual Conservation Symposium, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 11 at the County Education Office, 4400 Cathedral Oaks Road.

Join educators, policymakers, conservationists and parents as we welcome world-renowned author Richard Louv and local leaders to explore the issue of reconnecting our children to nature. 

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A new low-tech guide to choosing native plants for your yard

November 7, 2019

If you’ve ever walked into a native plant nursery and felt defeated because — admit it — all the offerings looked like 4-inch pots of weeds, do we have the shopping/planning guide for you: a set of easy-to-carry flash cards that explain in brilliant color what those nondescript little plants will look like when they’re all grown up.

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Ahead of winter monarch butterfly migration, backyard conservation encouraged

October 7, 2019

Studies have shown that backyard conservation, providing a food and nectar source and a place for the butterflies to lay eggs, is an incredibly important tool when addressing the declining population.

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Joseph Rothleutner to Head Horticulture & Facilities at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

September 11, 2019

Joseph Rothleutner is new director of horticulture and facilities at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.

Rothleutner served as the director of horticulture at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, where he helped redefine the zoo’s use of the term wildlife to be inclusive of animals and plants. Under his tenure, the Lincoln Park Zoo achieved accreditation as an arboretum.

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