Santa Barbara County is home to the Monarch Butterfly. They have overwintered in the Elwood Main Monarch Grove in Goleta since around 1900. If you happen to be in Santa Barbara during the winter, you have a good chance of seeing them. Visit ones of these websites for more information:
Also, if you happen to be here May through the beginning of September, check to see if the “Butterflies Alive” Exhibit is open at the Museum of Natural History. It’s open every other year, and when it is, it’s a great place to see more than 1000 newly hatched butterflies flying around the enclosed lush garden area. At this point, the exhibit is open on even numbered years: KEYT info/video
Santa Barbara is also the ideal climate for growing orchids. There are more produced here than any other region in the country. Plus there are so many varieties! Get your orchid on in Santa Barbara and find out more:
On a personal note, I took an interest in raising Monarchs a few years ago when a friend gave me a milkweed plant. The Monarch shown here is one that I raised that has just come out of the chrysalis stage… drying her wings on a beautiful Phalaenopsis orchid plant that I bought from a local grower.
Postcards from Santa Barbara Greeting Cards have a beautiful, glossy finish and after adding your Wish you were here… Check out where I am… or witty greeting and a postcard stamp, they are ready to send off the traditional way… through the mail.
Size is 4.25 x 6 inches. Photo by Donna Greene.