The Girl Scouts recently visited the SYV Botanic Garden and had a fun outdoor badge workshop with fun activities and a a tour of the garden exploring all the different areas and learning about native plants and culture. They took a brek from their activities for a tour of the garden and visited Chumash huts in the garden a favorite place for visitors to explore and learned from SYV Botanic Garden members how native plants were used by the Chumash for different things. They also discovered several native plants bearing fruit including the rose which had ripe rose hips and our grape vine bearing fruit. They all sampled the fruits and learned about edible native plants for animals and plants. We enjoyed their visit and look forward to seeing them again soon!
Our propagation area is looking fantastic and nearing completion thanks to the beautiful craftsmanship of Stonescapes Custom Masonry and Custom Hardscapes for the wonderful pavers. Thanks to everyone’s generous support our goal to start propagation this fall is near, we are looking for donations and leads on a few items to complete the project: stainless steel table, sink, hoses, brooms, buckets, potting soil, pearlite and peat moss. We are excited to start this new resource for our community, please let us know if you have any of these items to contribute!
A gift to Mom
“ The best projects we do at Acorn Village, are the ones where we use only materials from the land, throughout the whole project.
While at the Santa Ynez Valley Botanic Garden, we connected twigs from the ground, carved and sanded the twigs to make handles for our new paintbrushes.
We then found some yucca growing on the hill at the garden. We harvested some leaves from the yucca and pounded them with rocks into strong fibers. The next task was to separate and dry the fiber. The fiber became new bristles in our paintbrush, which we will attach with some yarn and waterproof glue.
After that, we are going to search for some cochineal beetles on the prickly pear behind the Botanic Garden, and we will scrape those off to paint with.
The children will make lovely Mother’s Day cards with our handmade brushes, to go with the salve we are making with beeswax and plantain, also harvested partly at the SYV Botanic Garden.
This project is so wonderful.
Enjoy a few of our pics from our paintbrush prep.”
Photos and writing, provided by Tracy Roberts
In honor of National Public Lands Day, our Tinkergarten class wanted to share our gratitude to you and all of the people who make it possible for us to hold class in the Santa Ynez Botanic Garden in River View Park. We know that our park would not be here for us to learn and play in without a great deal of effort from all of you and all of the parks and recreation maintenance personnel. In our Tinkergarten classes, we teach children and their parents about sustainability and how important it is to care for and support our parks. The children in our class created a Thank You poster for you and your staff, decorated with paints the children made themselves from natural materials. Please accept the attached photo (with the only Tinkergarten Explorers we could wrangle to stand still!) with our sincerest thanks for all that you do.
We SO love our park!
All the best,
Tinkergarten Leader, Santa Ynez Valley
70 Five and fifteen gallon native trees were donated and planted three years ago by volunteers, Valley Schools, Valley residents and Valley businesses. We have waited patiently and now the trees are fully established and growing quite well. The canopy is quickly becoming large enough where we can begin planting under the trees, starting next year (2014).
The Non-Profit SYV Botanic Garden is seeking donations towards a Potting Shed, designed by Arcadia Studio.
A composting area is included in the plans as well as earthworm casting boxes and storage for tools. The potting shed will be of educational use, where students from SYV Schools and Valley residents will learn the art of propagation and later help assist the botanic garden with planting the plants.
The permit process will begin as soon as the funds are available. If you or someone you know would like to help fund this project and/or become a volunteer, please call 350-0360 for details. Thank you!
Santa Ynez Botanic Garden
On April 9, 2013 the board of “SYV Botanic Garden” received some wonderful news. The distinguished “Garden Club of Santa Barbara” awarded the Botanic Garden a generous Grant in the amount of $ 3,500.00.
It is the Garden Club’s request that the funds are used towards the construction of the Children’s Theatre and outdoor class room. Thanks to the Grant, the Garden is closer to starting the project. A sincere and heart felt “THANK YOU” goes out to all distinguished members of the Garden Club of Santa Barbara, on behalf of the board members and volunteers of the Botanic Garden, and the SYV community. Santa Ynez Valley Botanic Garden is a non-profit organization who operate, grow and rely on donations, grants and volunteer work by the community. If you would like to participate, make a donation or visit and enjoy the Botanic Garden, you can find us at: River View Park/West side, Buellton CA 93427