Dolce Vita

SWEET IDEAS FOR GRACIOUS OUTDOOR LIVING FROM MONTECITO—A HAVEN OF HORTICULTURE INTHE HEART OF SANTA BARBARA

The secret of Santa Barbara—and its elegant suburb Montecito—lies in its geography. Located on one of the few east-west coastlines in the country and nestled below the SantaYnez Mountains, the beaches and hillsides face sun all day and temperatures remain mild year round. Its very special Mediterranean climate has nurtured a staggering assortment of plants and outdoor-living opportunities. Nurserymen and fruit growers discovered the area in the late 19th century. The rich and glamorous followed in the 1920s, designing grand Spanish Colonial Revival estates and gardens.The traditions of expert horticulture and exquisite outdoor design continue today. Join us as we share ideas from three gracious Montecito gardens—full of ideas for outdoor living and decorating wherever you live. And if you get to the area, we offer places to visit and shop for Santa Barbara style.

by donna dorian photographs by steve gunther

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