Our Home & Garden Go-To

Once again, we turned to longtime contributor Leslie Dinaberg to consider on our yearly Residence & Garden concern, when we highlight numerous of the indoor and out of doors style and design tales and traits from around Santa Barbara. As she worked on this edition, we also employed Leslie as our new Lifestyle Editor to lead our arts and amusement coverage and deal with quite a few of the distinctive sections, just like this week’s. She tells us far more down below. 

What did you understand about Lotusland and Madame Ganna Walska even though reporting this week’s cover story?  Like Madame herself, Lotusland is much, much more than just a quite deal with. One particular of the very best “work perks” of staying a journalist in Santa Barbara is that I have been privileged to invest a large amount of time at Lotusland around the several years. But I actually had no thought about all the at the rear of-the-scenes initiatives that have gone on FOR Many years to make this magnificent back garden a extra environmentally sustainable put, in addition to getting this kind of an inspiringly beautiful and tranquil place. 

What are some of your preferred annual events in S.B.?  I appreciate I Madonnari, each for the fantastically vibrant chalk artwork that lights up the pavement at the Mission and the amazing function of Children’s Creative Task that this party supports (bringing collectively younger individuals and skilled artists in our community educational institutions). I have also bought a particular place in my coronary heart for the Children’s Parade throughout Fiesta. I was a flower girl when I was minimal and then marched in the parade with my son and our buddies and relatives. It’s a single of my beloved summer months traditions. The winter season Parade of Lights in the harbor is also a favored. I also actually like the Solstice Parade. I guess I’m kind of a sucker for our once-a-year gatherings, specifically because it’s been so very long because we’ve had a “normal” yr of them.

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