Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Cacti Orchids are stunningly beautiful!

Epiphyllums also known as Cacti Orchids
These stunning flowers only last a day
or two.
The plant itself is not particularly lovely....
ohhhh but the flowers are truly
exotic and lovely

I discovered these unusual plants in the garden 
of a client who had passed away.
She had a passion for beautiful flowers.

the plants were hanging in the trees and looked
very neglected

 I asked if I could take them home

 A friend who had been a docent at Santa Barbara's 
beautiful Lotus Land came over to
tell me about them

I nurtured the plants and did some research....
One day.... they began to bloom....
I have been hooked ever since and have at least 
ten plants. Their blooms have never ceased to 
amaze me and give me joy
The Santa Barbara area climate is perfect for these
interesting plants. Our Local Santa Barbara Zoo has
many of these plants hanging in the Oak Trees as does

Epiphyllum (/ˌɛpˈfɪləm/;[2] "upon the leaf" in Greek) is a genus of 19 species of epiphytic plants in the cactus family (Cactaceae), native to Central America. Common names for these species include climbing cactiorchid cacti and leaf cacti, though the latter also refers to the genus Pereskia.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Santa Barbara Wine and Food Festival June 24 at the SB Musdeum of Natural History

Santa Barbara Wine and Food Festival #sbwinfest

Saturday June 24, 2017 2-5 pm; VIP 1-2 pm
“Raise your glasses for Mission Wealth Management, a sponsor of the 2015 Santa Barbara Wine Festival. Cheers!" To purchase tickets today *click the picture.  Save the Date: June 27, 2015 2-5PM:
Swirl, sip and savor tastings from premier Central Coast Wineries, complemented by savory and sweet bites from our top local food purveyors.
Members $75
non-members $100
VIP Lounge
Members $125
Non-members $150
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
2559 Puesta del Sol, Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Parade and Festival

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Giraffe Awareness Day at the Santa Barbara Zoo June 24th

Santa Barbara Zoo

Giraffe Awareness Day at the Santa Barbara Zoo

500 Ninos Drive, Santa Barbara; sbzoo.org

June 24 @ 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Informal celebration in honor of World Giraffe Day with activities focusing on the Zoo’s herd of Masai giraffes. Check back later, or visit the entry kiosk for more information.
Cost: free with Zoo admission.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Fiesta Ranchera June 15 at Rancho La Patera, June 16

FR2016 Flyer

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Fiesta Ranchera 5–10pm

This collaborative event with Goleta Valley Historical Society and Old Spanish Days is a party not to be missed! With strong support from the City of Goleta and local companies, this event is held at the historical Rancho la Patera Gardens for an evening of fabulous food from local restaurants. The evening also includes performances from the 2017 Spirit and Junior Spirit and Fiesta, live entertainment, and ending the evening with dancing among the gardens to Area 51.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Bugs at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Bugs outside the Box Exhibit
Bugs... Outside the Box
Now open through September 10, 2017

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is crawling with excitement as it presents its newest exhibit, Bugs... Outside the Box. Now is your chance to examine all the intricacies of the insect world...without a microscope! From beetles to butterflies, the exhibition features a literal army of giant bug sculptures with one aim in mind - shining a light on museum collections, taxonomy, and the power of magnification. Come experience where SCIENCE and ART collide!

Plan Your Visit

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Mission Canyon Campus: 2559 Puesta del Sol, Santa Barbara.
A cluster of Spanish Revival-style buildings comprising 87,000
s.f. of space, set on 17 acres of riparian oak woodland along
Mission Creek.

the Mission Canyon Campus is located just behind the Old 
Mission and offers visitors of all ages a wealth of things to 
see and do. Walk right up to a life size, 74-foot Blue
Whale skeleton. Enjoy informative exhibit halls about birds, 
insects, mammals, marine life, fossils, and Native Americans. 
Contemplate the beauty of nature and the confluences of nature, 
history, science, and the arts in the Maximus Art Gallery. 
Browse and read in the beautiful 
Museum Library, including its excellent children’s collection. 
Wander and explore the Nature Trail along Mission Creek. 
Experience the wonder and excitement of space exploration 
in the Space Lab and Gladwin Planetarium. Purchase 
mementos and unique gifts at the Museum Store. 
Enjoy our changing exhibit offerings.