Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
1212 Mission Canyon Road
Santa Barbara CA 93105

This is a garden devoted to native plants, i.e. those that were in this area before Europeans arrived. I had a rough time rating this one because for what it is intended, it really deserves a 5 star. It appears to be well-maintained and well-labeled with some historic interest too tied to the original European settlers.

There are no beds and borders of showy perennials and annuals and it is not meant to display the latest from the world of ornamental horticulture. However, it is a great place to visit if you want to find native, low maintenance plants for a Southern California landscape.

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