I'm guessing the price of admission for most botanical gardens is around $20. Granted, many are huge, but what if I told you there's a botanical garden near Santa Barbara on 3-1/2 acres that's free? It's part of an equally impressive nursery---Seaside Gardens, in Carpinteria.
Recently a friend and I stopped at Seaside on a trip to Santa Barbara [learn why we went]. We hadn't planned to spend much time. Well! Seaside's display gardens have always been lovely, but it's astonishing how world-class they've become. The nursery itself also is much grander and more impressive than I remembered. The pot inventory alone...!
I imagine you can relate: There's nothing as energizing as a great garden. We no longer felt tired after hours of driving, nor were we as rabid to get to our host's in Montecito (la-dee-dah). Plus we had to share the cool stuff we'd found. Gal pal (@roachpk on IG) filmed as I flitted, exclaiming over immense tree succulents, enticing pathways, and all sorts of exotics.
Santa Barbara's mild, maritime climate has long made it a garden haven, with numerous nurseries and plants from the world over. In the gallery below, you'll see my Seaside faves. Of course nothing can compare with actually going there and experiencing it with all your senses. And if you do, please let us know what you think!
Your turn...When it comes to botanic gardens you've visited, which is your favorite? Any on your wish list?
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