Flora Vista & Red Rose Way, Santa Barbara, CA
Across from Monroe Elementary School
431 Flora Vista Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
Plant List Updated
Insects visiting our Insectary Garden
Native Plant Garden Maintenance
Low maintenance - does not equal no maintenance.
Dead heading, pruning to fit the space and encourage new growth, mulching to conserve water and deter weeds, weeding, and occasional watering are required.
New plants always require extra water until they are established and the reflected heat from sidewalk and street add stress to this garden. Notice the differences throughout the year in the changing shape and flowers of your favorite native plants in our garden.
Plants that died - we all lose some.
Some plants take two or three plantings before you discover the right micro-climate for the plant to thrive. To reduce the impact of gophers - plant Salvias or other members of the mint family.
California Native Plant Society - Calscape.org
Santa Barbara Mesa Insectary Garden - Calscape List - this nicely illustrated list includes 46 of our plants, it does not include all the hybrids, nor plants from Baja California.
Calscape Santa Barbara Mesa Insectary Garden Plant List Link
The Santa Barbara Beekeeper’s Association is dedicated to the promotion and advancement of beekeeping through best management practices, the education and mentoring of people about honey bees and beekeeping, and increasing public awareness of environmental concerns affecting honey bees. http://sbba.org/
The Beekeepers Guild of Santa Barbara
You don’t have to be a beekeeper to help the bees! In fact, recent research suggests that planting flowers that bees like may be more important to bee livelihood than acquiring a hive. On top of that, many of the native, drought tolerant plants are bee friendly; an important consideration here in Santa Barbara.
They offers classes including Backyard Beekeeping Class - Become a beekeeper with confidence, skill, and a compassionate heart. We teach responsible beekeeping for an urban environment, adhering to Best Management Practices for the bees, beekeepers, and general public. All are welcome! And they have a bee friendly plant guide.
The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation
CITIZEN SCIENCE - Here you will find a number of projects that let you contribute directly to the science of invertebrate conservation. Below are links to Xerces Society projects tracking declining bumble bees, dragonfly migration in North America, and monarch butterfly populations in California. You will also find partner efforts to better understand the conservation status of bees, butterflies, dragonflies, and more. https://xerces.org/citizen-science/
Monarchs - https://xerces.org/california-monarch-campaign/
Monarch Plant Guide - https://www.xerces.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/CA_Coast_Monarch_Plant_List_PRINT.pdf
Amphibians and Reptiles of California
California Lizards - http://www.californiaherps.com/lizards/lizards.html
• Taxonomic Lists, Photo Indexes, Range Maps, and Species Accounts of all native and non-native amphibians and reptiles established in California
• Lists of Species that Might Occur in California and of Established Non-native Species in California
• Tips on Identifying Amphibians and Reptiles found in the wild in California
Horticultural Links - Garden Resources
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