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Home Demonstration Garden

A lovely garden surrounding a California cottage, the Home Demonstration Garden was designed by landscape architect Ron Lutsko to showcase the beauty and utility of California natives in the landscape. The garden exhibits a variety of water-conserving species that can be used in a wide range of landscape applications: sunny mixed borders, the shady understory of mature oak trees, hedges, ground covers, and as seasonal color in decorative pots.

Its small scale and realistic setting make the garden relevant to today's home gardener. Plantings of Pacific Coast Hybrid iris, coral bells (Heuchera), bush-anemone (Carpenteria californica), beard-tongue (Penstemon), sage (Salvia), manzanita (Arctostaphylos), California lilac (Ceanothus), Catalina silver-lace (Eriophyllum nevinii), and ornamental grasses figure prominently in the design. A raised bed featuring cushion-like or mat-forming plants provides an intriguing example of natives for the trough or rock garden.

For information about the location of a display within the Garden please see the map below.

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The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden fosters the conservation of California's native plants through
our gardens, research and education, and serves as a role model of sustainable practices