Wildlife need sources of clean water for many purposes, including drinking, bathing and reproduction.
The easiest water source to install in your garden is a bird bath. Be sure to change the water 2-3 times per week
during warm weather when mosquitoes are breeding, so that any eggs laid in the water don't have time to hatch.
Climate change is threatening our sources of clean water by increasing temperatures and reducing rainfall in
some areas, causing drought conditions and lower water tables. In other areas, increased rainfall and extreme
weather events such as tornadoes and hurricanes cause flooding and erosion of natural ecosystems and can
pollute local watersheds. These problems highlight the importance of providing a constant source of clean
water for birds, mammals, fish and other wildlife in their different habitats.
Use sustainable gardening practices that help ensure our human demands on water are kept to a minimum.
WELCOME TO THE SANTA YNEZ BOTANIC GARDEN
Welcome to your “go to” place for what is fast becoming a familiar and welcoming resource for community and horticultural information for the entire valley– the website for the Santa Ynez Valley Botanic Garden Foundation.
Our Community Green Calendar logs events hosted by various community groups encompassing horticultural, environmental and natural history activities such as making wreaths and bird watching.
Each month our website profiles ‘A Plant of the Month’ offering detailed information about a native plant with documented performance and information on it’s value for the Santa Ynez Valley, as well as suggestions for plants for specific design needs. Also included are links to children’s craft activities and visual arts that focus on the natural environment.
Our ‘Local Resource Listing’ includes everything from great nurseries to good sources for rock and compost. We welcome first-hand posts from the community of good sources to share with fellow gardeners.
We are proud of the fact that the Botanic Garden was built by the community for the community. On a regular basis, ages eight to eighty volunteer to weed, plant and mulch the Garden. If you would like to be involved in this legacy project, please check our website to volunteer. “To forget how to dig the earth and tend the soil is to forget ourselves.” Ghandhi
We would not exist without community funding which supports purchasing plant materials, building supplies, on-going maintenance, and our many garden design plans such as an Adventure Playground adjacent to our willow maze, a small amphitheater for gathering, a potting and storage shed for our growing tool collection.
We know we are living through some tough financial times and we are not asking you to toss in your nest -egg for the Garden. But we are asking that you consider donating any amount of money, large or small, that you feel comfortable pitching-in to be part of the moving force behind The Santa Ynez Botanic Garden, which is set aside to nurture us all.
Come home to your Garden.