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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

Santa Barbara Youth Sports Follow New Concussion Safety Rules

Team Coaches and Doctors Tackle Ways to Prevent Head Injuries

Santa Barbara coaches and doctors tackle ways to prevent head injuries in all youth sports. Read story.

Foodie Awards 2017

The ‘Santa Barbara Independent’ Presents Its Eighth Annual Ode to Eating Out

The 'Santa Barbara Independent' presents its eighth annual ode to eating out. Read story.

Santa Barbara’s Hotel Californian Opens

The New Gateway to the City Brings Great Change

Santa Barbara’s Hotel Californian opens a new gateway to the city. Read story.

‘Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA’

Santa Barbara Museums Collaborate On Massive Los Angeles/Latin American Art Project

Santa Barbara Museums collaborate on massive Los Angeles/Latin American art project. Read story.

The Cannabis Carnival Comes to Santa Barbara

The Industry Explodes, Leaving Everyone in It Wondering What’s Next

As the industry’s underground culture explodes, everyone from pot trimmers to tomato farmers wonders where it will go. Read story.

21st Century Tango

Kate Weare and Esteban Moreno Create New Forms for DANCEworks

Kate Weare and Esteban Moreno are creating new forms for DANCEworks. Read story.

Yoga Teaching in Santa Barbara

A Mecca for Training Programs and Practice

The city has long been a mecca for training programs and practitioners. Read story.

Vitamin Angels Bring New Hope to Forgotten People

How Distributing Vitamin A to Small Mexican Villages Changed Lives

How distributing Vitamin A to small Mexican villages changed lives. Read story.

Spray-Painting Sullivan Goss

Artist David Flores Showcases New Mural and More at Downtown Art Gallery

Artist David Flores showcases a new mural and more at the downtown art gallery. Read story.

Santa Barbara’s Fiesta Egg Smash

Cascarón Folk Art: A Unique Celebration of Eggs and Confetti

The unique celebration of eggs and confetti and the folk artists who make it all happen Read story.

Linda Vega and Rose Marie Cruz on Fiesta

Santa Barbara’s Grand Dames of Flamenco Talk About Their Art

Santa Barbara’s grand dames of flamenco talk about their art. Read story.

Flamenco’s Daniela Zermeño-Sanchez

Dancer/Instructor Teaches the Spanish Art

At 28, Daniela Zermeño-Sanchez has trained hundreds in the art of the Spanish dance. Read story.

Santa Barbara’s Bee Whisperer

Nick Wigle Saves Hidden Hives with Love and Kindness

Nick Wigle saves hidden hives with love and kindness. Read story.

The Artistic Life of a Con

The Story of Fulton Leroy Washington’s Second Chance at Life

The story of Fulton Leroy Washington’s second chance at life. Read story.

The Whittier Fire

The Story of Near Escapes, Trapped Children, Heroic Acts, and an Endless Fire Season

The story of near escapes, trapped children, heroic acts, and an endless fire season. Read story.

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