Garden Casitas 2019: Silent Auction

Date: Monday, July 1, 2019

- Saturday, February 29, 2020

Time: 9:00AM - 6:00PM

Instructor: Garden Staff

Location: Garden Grounds

Garden Casitas 2019: Silent Auction

Our wildly popular 2019 Garden Casitas: Playhouses Designed with Nature in Mind exhibit will be closing on February 29, 2020. Due to popular demand, we will be auctioning off several of the Casitas- Cali Pop, Rings of Time and Halfling House! Email your silent bid of $2500 or more, with the name of the playhouse you are bidding on, to [email protected] no later than 5 p.m. March 2, 2020 to be considered. The winner will be announced on March 3.

Terms and Conditions:

  • Winning bidder must pay for Casita prior to pick-up.
  • Winning bidder must arrange for Casita removal before March 16, 2020.
  • The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is not responsible for loading, off-loading, or transit of the Casita.
  • Casitas are sold in "as is " condition.

Don't despair- Garden Casitas will be back in June 2020 with new designs to explore!!


Designer/Builder Philip B. Gann
West Covina, CA

Fun fact: Cali-Pop was inspired by the California Poppy (Eschscholtzia californica). California poppy seeds can stay in soil seed banks until growing conditions are favorable, sometimes emerging en masse to create a super bloom event.

Rings of Time

Designer Marc Whitman, AIA, Whitman Architectural
Ojai, CA
Builder Tara Saylor, Taft Gardens & Nature Preserve Manager
Ojai, CA

Fun fact: this casita is inspired by the willow, a California native species of the Salix genus, known for its flexibility and its love of moist soil. The willow can be found along streams and in wetland areas.

Halfling House

Designer/Builder Matthew Scranton, Project Manager, Frank Schipper Construction Co.
Santa Barbara, CA

Fun fact: Halfling House was inspired by the fantasy hobbit-hole, which are notable for their round doors and windows as described in J. R. R. Tolkien’s children’s fantasy novel, The Hobbit.

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