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Two ways for Santa Ynez residents to get gardening inspiration

18 Mar 2013 11:52 AM
Two ways for Santa Ynez residents to get gardening inspiration

As the ideal gardening season approaches, many owners of Wine Country real estate are turning their attention to their landscaping. This can be a daunting task for some, but in a region renowned for its climate and soil, it doesn't have to be. In fact, two local resources offer local residents a wealth of gardening guidance and tips.

Lotusland
This sprawling preservation was once the home of Madame Ganna Walska, but is now a publicly accessible botanical garden that attracts visitors from around the world. Spread across 37 acres, the landscape is thick with thousands of species of plants, and green-thumbed visitors are able to find inspiration for their own gardens. 

The structure of Lotusland makes it ideally suited for homeowners trying to design their own gardens. The estate is divided into dozens of individual gardens - aloe, cacti and euphorbias and topiaries, to name just a few - which can help Santa Ynez residents find the perfect arrangements for their own properties.

This shouldn't be hard, as the garden regularly offers "free to county dates." While they're there, Santa Ynez residents can also explore Lotusland's current exhibition, "Swarm: A Collaboration with Bees." Designed and curated by Toronto-based artist Penelope Stewart, the exhibit features bee-based art and information about their impressive capabilities.

Solvang Garden Club
Another resource for garden-minded Santa Ynez residents is the Solvang Garden Club, which hosts regular gatherings throughout the year. Each of these meetings explores a different section of the community and allows attendees to discuss planting strategies, share insights and swap plants and seeds.