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Where to spot stellar wildflowers along the Central Coast

March 15, 2019

Birds are chirping, creeks are flowing and wildflower buds are beginning to pop up and down the Central Coast.

“A super bloom is pretty rare,” said Heather Schneider, a rare plant biologist at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. “It’s a time when, for whatever reason, the conditions are just right for annual plants to bloom in extreme numbers. You get a ton of germination from the soil seed bank and these carpets of wildflowers.”

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Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Researchers Anticipate Colorful Super Bloom

March 14, 2019

A particularly wet winter has set off a brilliant super bloom of orange poppies across parts of Southern California, and brings a promising possibility of another superbloom this spring.

With the exception of the 2017 superbloom, the region has experienced several years of drought, making it difficult for native wildflowers to put on a good show. Ample rains this winter, combined with recent burns (fire stimulates germination in some species), make conditions favorable for a good bloom.

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Wildflowers in bloom at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

March 14, 2019

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Wildflowers are attracting more than bees at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.

People are flocking to see California Poppies and Purple Sage and other wildflowers.

Horticulturalist Bruce Reed said they are about 3 to 4 weeks away from reaching their peak.

Reed, also known as "The Plant Guy" said he wouldn't call it a superbloom just yet, like the wildflowers in the desert, but he said it’s a great bloom thanks to the rain.

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Rainy season likely to produce rare super blooms across California

March 13, 2019

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - A particularly wet weather is expected to produce super blooms across the state of California, including many rare plant species.

The rainy winter pulled many California counties out of drought and the extra moisture will likely lead to super bloom events all across the state.

California poppies are blooming in places across Southern California right now and more wildflower blooms are expected this spring.

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Santa Barbara News Press

Seeds of good health - Herbalist to show how to make winter wellness

January 29, 2019

You can use common backyard plants to treat everything from a cold to an ear ache.

Clinical herbalist Emily Sanders will show how during the Winter Wellness Medicine Making Workshop from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Arroyo Room at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, 1212 Mission Canyon Road.

Under Ms. Sanders' guidance, students will make a sage salve chest rub, a garlic mullein ear ache oil, a sinus steam and a yarrow tea you pour in a bath to treat the cold or flu.

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