Spring is right around the corner at the Santa Ynez Botanic Garden on the west side of River View Park in Buellton. The garden’s maintenance received a boost last month from volunteers from the Santa Ynez Valley Natural History Society and students from Dunn School. Through their efforts, new native trees and shrubs were installed and the willow “maze” paths were cleared.
Visitors can also observe progress being made on the new informational kiosk, an Eagle Scout project of Buellton Boy Scout Noah Weitz. He has taken the project from the drawing board through the city approval process and it is now under construction with the help of many friends and supporters.
Cliff Bartlett Cabinetry, Rio Vista Chevrolet, Firestone Brewery and the Rock Depot are just a few of his contributors.
On Saturday, March 17, the garden held its third annual Mulch Madness event. Volunteers weeded and mulched around all of the trees and native shrubs, getting them ready for the growing season.
The garden will be co-hosting a talk on “A Different Sea of Green,” a workshop for the community on water-wise gardens and how to create new and renovate existing gardens using less lawn at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 14, in Stacy Hall at St. Mark’s-in-the Valley Episcopal Church, 2901 Nojoqui Avenue, Los Olivos.
Later in April, there will be a ribbon cutting for the new kiosk and meadow area planting will begin.
To get involved or to support the garden’s efforts, email Puck Erickson at cpe@arcadiastudio .com.