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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, May 11, 2015

Senior’s Free Day

WHO: The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden in partnership with Welch-Ryce-Haider

WHAT: Free Admission to the Garden for Seniors over the age of 60

WHEN: Wednesdays:

May 20, 2015

July 22, 2015

September 23, 2015

November 18, 2015

January 20, 2016

WHERE: 1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, just half a mile up from Foothill.

The Garden is pleased to continue a partnership with Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels to offer five more free admission days to seniors over the age of 60 during regular Garden hours from 9am to 6pm.

Wheelchair accessible paths wind around the poppies and lupine blooming in the historic meadow and down to the Home Demonstration Garden. Easy walking trails lead to the Manzanita Section and to the authentic Japanese Teahouse. A different historic postcard is created for each event and available as a free gift to seniors in the Garden Gift Shop that day.

“Since 1924, Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels have been helping families celebrate life. What better way to celebrate the beauty of life than to host a day for seniors at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden during spring wildflower season?” asks Stephen Gibson, Partner at Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.

“The Garden is a great place for people of all ages. Seniors particularly enjoy the healthy, easy walking trails, opportunities for life-long learning, and becoming a part of our tight-knit volunteer community,” according to Barbara Backlund, Visitor Services Manager at the Garden.

Dirt trails throughout the Garden are uneven and may have roots and rocks, so be sure to wear sturdy shoes and watch your step. Wheelchairs are not provided at the Garden. Parking is limited and reservations are requested for groups of 10 or more. Please call 805-682 -4726, ext. 160 or e-mail kdavis@sbbg.org.

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For further information or to request high-resolution images please contact Rebecca Mordini, Communications Manager, at 805-682-4726 ext. 132. For more information about the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, please visit www.sbbg.org

About the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden: The Garden is a 78-acre privately funded nonprofit institution that fosters the conservation of California’s native plants through our gardens, research and education, and serves as a role model for sustainability. The Garden was founded in 1926 and is among the nation’s oldest botanic gardens focused exclusively on native plants.

Contact

Communications Coordinator

rmordini@sbbg.org

805-682-4726 ext. 132

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