Montecito Landscape was featured in Montecito Magazine in the Spring/Summer issue in celebration of 45 years in business in Montecito and Santa Barbara.
Every issue of Montecito Magazine features a bit of local history and details not generally known plus interviews with architects, artists and so much more. We were honored to be featured in this iconic Magazine. Here is the feature. Enjoy!
Which are your essential gardening books? We all need good garden reference books, no matter our experience as gardeners and if you are like me you have lots of them; for reference, landscape design ideas or when searching for solutions to specific problems. However, if you are moving to a remote location, desert island or planning a lunar colony, or if you just want to become a better gardener, there are two essential gardening books everyone should have. I couldn’t live without these two. Let me know if you agree.
In celebration of my 46th year in business I decided to dedicate a series of columns to my clients, you could say this is a memoir of Montecito from years past. Focusing on a particular period of time and particular patrons I hope that you, the reader, will gain insight into the Montecito of my youth and some of the “characters” inhabiting my recollections. I may have learned the basics of landscaping in college, but my clients, especially the early ones, helped me find my way. Though many of them are no longer with us, they all remain fondly ensconced in my memory and their teachings are still being employed in my gardens today.
Oprah’s Rose Garden is legendary. When she moved to Montecito a few years back, she elicited the help of Dan Bifano, one of the worlds most sought after master rosarians. To give a clue as to the volume of his talent and skill, he not only designed and installed the rose garden for Oprah Winfrey but for Barbara Streisand as well. Dan was also involved in the creation and selection of the namesake roses for Oprah (The Legends rose) and Ms. Streisand (Barbara Streisand Rose). Not long ago, I spent some time chatting with Dan about rose-pruning, here are his top 4 pruning tips.
Rain, at last! Finally, for the first time in years, we are having a real rain storm and it’s time for a celebration. As of noon Tuesday, we have received an inch and a half of rain since it started last night. Does this mean that El Nino is here? Keep your fingers crossed that this is only the beginning…Find out how to prepare your garden for El Nino.
Happy New Year and welcome 2016! Can you believe that it is the eve of 2016? Wow! The New Year is a good time to reflect on days past and to focus on goals for the year ahead. For me, my garden is a good place to start.
Happy Holidays from everyone at Montecito Landscape. It’s been quite a year and I can’t believe 2015 is already at an end. The holidays are a good time for both you and your garden to get a bit of a rest. Okay, maybe you won’t be getting much of a rest, with all the shopping, cooking and partying, but your garden should.
Montecito Landscape was featured in Landscape Management Magazine November issue and it was a bit of a surprise. When I was contacted by the magazine, they asked if I’d mind being interviewed for a feature. Of course I said “yes” but didn’t know what to expect. Were others really interested in the landscape management practices of our small company?
The editor of Landscape Management became interested because of my answers to a survey they sent out some months ago. I had no idea that my answers were anything special. I guess I was wrong about that. He was particularly interested in my series of checklists and forms I developed for the day to day running of the business. I love it when the unexpected happens! See what you think.
With all the talk about water and drought it’s easy to lose sight of why have a garden in the first place. Whether it is filled with succulents, native plants, vegetables, flowers or anything else you can dream up, we have gardens because they give us beauty and pleasure.
“To lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.” ~John Lubbock~