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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.

D.F. to S.B.

The only people happier than the Indy news crew to see Blanca Garcia back in Santa Barbara might have been her parents. Our new reporter, and former intern, is newly returned from Mexico City, where she was covering poppy cultivation for heroin and the disappearance of people in the state of Nayarit, which sits between the infamously narco-ridden states of Jalisco and Sinaloa. Blanca insists that working for the InSight Crime investigative nonprofit, which is headquartered in Medellín, was safer than it sounds. But living in Mexico City for six months might have influenced that view, as her father found out the other day. Stop signs are just a suggestion there, "but not here!" Blanca laughed, recalling her father's correction of his daughter behind the wheel.

In Print

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.

It’s Time for PuppetPalooza

Four-Day Festival Devoted to the Art of Puppetry Begins

Four-day festival devoted to the art of puppetry kicks off March 1. Read story.

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