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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Originally published 7:02 p.m., May 13, 2014 Updated 7:02 p.m., May 13, 2014

Goleta Valley Beautiful Announces 13th Heritage Tree & History Tour

If you have any curiosity about the tree sentinels of Goleta Valley, and the historical background of the original settlers to this area, then this tour is for you.


If you have any curiosity about the tree sentinels of Goleta Valley, and the historical background of the original settlers to this area, then this tour is for you. The Goleta Valley Heritage Tree and History Tour is now in its 13th year of exploring little known, local favorites, and private historical Goleta Valley treasures.

The tour will be on Sunday May 18th from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 pm. The tour begins and ends at Rancho La Patera & Stow House, 304 North Los Carneros Road.

The bus and walking tour is a once-a-year collaboration of two local nonprofits, the Goleta Valley Historical Society and Goleta Valley Beautiful. For the 13th consecutive year, the event is sponsored by Santa Barbara Airbus.

New on this year’s tour is a trip to the Santa Barbara Olive Ranch and Orchards, and the newly restored “Ida’s Garden” at Rancho La Patera. We’ll also be returning to some old favorites including Randy Baldwin’s “Secret Garden” at San Marcos Growers, the National Champion Sister Witness Tree, Fairview Gardens and more.

The tour includes a light lunch in the gardens of Rancho La Patera beneath the shade of 150+ year old trees planted by the Stow Family.

Our tour guides include returning favorite Jerry Sortomme, Professor Emeritus at the Santa Barbara City College Horticultural Department and Ken Knight on his last tour as Goleta Valley Beautiful Executive Director.

Reservations can be made at www.goletavalleybeautiful.org, at www.goletahistory.org, or by calling 685-7910 or 681-7216. Cost of the tour is $45. We only have one tour a year, so please reserve as soon as you can to avoid disappointment.

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