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For the third straight year, the Santa Barbara Independent presents its annual Homes & Gardens special section, a roundup of profiles, advice, and insight into what makes our developed and cultivated landscapes thrive. This year’s edition looks at a tiny home built by high schoolers, the history of adobe construction, how to make your yard look like Lotusland, and much, much more.

Drop Your Stitches Here

Indy graphic designer Elaine Madsen worked as a reporter not too long ago, in San Francisco on the venerable Lincoln Log at Abraham Lincoln High School. But hands-on arts were more appealing, and after graduating from Creative Studies at UCSB, Elaine cofounded Twenty-Four Blackbirds chocolate company — where she designed the packaging — and now has a knitting consultancy, where she fixes dropped stitches or advises on things like zippers, and holds knitting groups and classes. Her yarn-dyeing experiments with all-natural materials are yielding interesting results: “Eucalyptus gives a bright orange color,” she said, “and jack-o’-lantern mushrooms can be a deep purple or deep forest green depending on the metals you add to the mix.”

In Print

Selected stories from our weekly newspaper.

The Indy Awards 2018

Two Nights Honoring the Best in Santa Barbara Theater and Dance

The two nights honored the best in Santa Barbara theater and dance. Read story.

The Branch House Takes Root in Montecito

A House for Today Rises Among Ancient Oaks

A house for today rises among ancient oaks. Read story.

Workin’ It

The Santa Barbara Independent’s Special Section on Careers Read story.

Brad Paisley’s Montecito Mission

Country Music Superstar Hosts 2nd Responders Benefit for Thomas Fire and Flood Recovery

Country music superstar hosts The 2nd Responders benefit for Thomas Fire and flood recovery. Read story.

Mission to Mars Launching from Santa Barbara

Go Behind the Scenes of NASA’s First Interplanetary Launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base

Go Behind the Scenes of NASA’s First Interplanetary Launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base. Read story.

From This Day Forward: 2018 Wedding Resources Guide

Inspiration & Ideas to Consider for Your Unique Wedding

Find inspiration and ideas to consider from our annual guide when planning your wedding. Read story.

Educating the Next Generation of Environmentalists

UCSB’s Peter Alagona on Teaching First-Year Students, Researching Wildlife in Cities, and Bringing Grizzlies Back

UCSB’s Peter Alagona on teaching first-year students, wildlife in cities, and bringing grizzlies back. Read story.

The Amazing Ability of Pasture Grass to Sequester Carbon

Century-Old Chamberlin Ranch Turns to New Techniques That Improve Rangeland and So Much More

The century-old Chamberlin Ranch turns to new techniques that improve rangeland and so much more. Read story.

Celebrating Santa Barbara's Environmental Victories and Anticipating New Challenges

Our Annual Ode to the State of Our Planet

Our annual ode to the state of our planet. Read story.

The Nuts and Bolts of Success with Lady Ridley-Tree

Philanthropist and CEO of Multimillion-Dollar Company Gives as Good as She Gets

The 93-year-old CEO of a multimillion-dollar airplane parts company gives as good as she gets. Read story.

Santa Barbara’s Ancient Wines, Then and Now

Exploring San Jose Winery, Sipping Angelica, and Tasting in De la Guerra’s Bodega

Exploring San Jose Winery, sipping Angelica, and tasting in De la Guerra’s bodega. Read story.

2018 Summer Camp Guide

Start Making Summer Plans with Santa Barbara’s Complete Guide to Kids’ Activities

Start making your summer plans using Santa Barbara’s complete guide to kids’ activities. Read story.

Bellosguardo: A Legacy in Limbo

Foundation Leadership Accused of Mismanagement, Favoritism, and Neglect

The foundation created to carry out Huguette Clark’s will is accused of mismanagement, favoritism, and neglect. Read story.

Mission Possible: Thomas Fire and Flood Recovery

A Look at Post-Disaster Efforts So Far, from the Bucket Brigade to Jack Johnson’s Benefit

A look at post-disaster efforts so far, from the Bucket Brigade to Jack Johnson’s benefit show. Read story.

Welcome to Cannabis Camp

Inside the Medicine and Markets of the Modern Marijuana Industry

Inside the medicine and markets of the modern marijuana industry. Read story.

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