PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, November 2, 2015

A Santa Barbara Tradition: the Annual Holiday Marketplace

Enjoy a classic holiday tradition and set the mood for a stress-free gift giving season at the 22nd annual Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Holiday Marketplace. Generously sponsored by Perry Ford of Santa Barbara, the Marketplace will be held November 20, 21 and 22, from 10am to 4pm, with live music, family friendly activities and handcrafted gifts from over 30 artisans. Admission is free to shop. Proceeds support the Garden, a nonprofit dedicated to the rich diversity of California native plants.
New this year:
Santa’s Cottage featuring crafts, hot chocolate and surprise character visits, will be a great gathering place for the whole family.
Bring the little ones for story time at 12:30 on Friday and Saturday
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Get your hands in the dirt, or let volunteers do the potting for you, as you design custom dish gardens with your choice of pot, plants and decorations.
Friday preview shopping is now open to the public! Come November 20th for the best selection of gifts and to beat weekend crowds.“>
Classic Holiday Marketplace features:

More than 30 artisans with one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted gifts
Garden Guild designs made in the Garden from natural materials
Earth-friendly creations using up-cycled and local materials
Edible gifts including chocolates with native plant ingredients
A display of the latest fuel efficient vehicles from Perry Ford
Photos with Santa in the Garden on Sunday from noon- 2pm
Live music every day providing a jolly holiday ambiance while you shop
Custom wrapping and ready-to -go gift baskets

As Garden Trustee Tom Craveiro points out, “where else can you enjoy a view of the Channel Islands from a bench with custom native plant mosaics created by artist Patti Jacquemain, and then walk down to the courtyard and buy a beautiful ornament created by the same artist?”

Artisans include:
Bettina Kleeman- Beyond Blue Ceramics
Edward Jorgensen- Unique Woodwork Designs & Home Decor
Marcia McNally- Silk Road Designs
Jean Nietsch- Luna Glass works
Rebecca Plum Jewelry
Valerie and Steve McLean- Santa Barbara Felted Fibers
See the full list of artists on our website at

The rat- a-tat of the Acorn Woodpeckers and the sweet melody of the California Thrasher won’t be the only music on hand. Tap your foot to Flores Flats folk and traditional holiday tunes as well as live music every day including:
Glendessary Jam , Dimitry- violist and Anthony Ybarra-classical guitar.

Our featured sponsor, Perry Ford of Santa Barbara, will show case environmentally-efficient vehicles on display including the Ford Fusion Energi, Ford C-Max Energi, and Ford Focus Electric!

Marketplace admission is FREE and will go on rain or shine, as the artisan booths are conveniently located under a canopy in the courtyard. Please carpool as parking is limited. The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is located at 1212 Mission Canyon Rd, just half a mile up the canyon. More information is available at or by calling 805-682-4726 ext 102.

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A variety of hi res photos for press use are available at this link :
For photo credit info: click on the photo to open, click on (i) in circle to open up details. Or call me- Rebecca Mordini 805-682-4726 at ext. 132. For more information about the event, call to contact event organizer Stacy Bloodworth at x122.

About the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden:

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a 78-acre educational and scientific nonprofit fostering the conservation of California’s native plants and serves as a role model for sustainable practice in Santa Barbara, California. The Garden was founded in 1926 and is among the nation’s oldest botanical gardens focused exclusively on native plants.

About Perry Ford of Santa Barbara:

Perry and Deborah Falk would like to thank the Santa Barbara community for their continued and steadfast support of Perry Ford of Santa Barbara. “It is our pleasure to have the privilege of sponsoring this wonderful community event. Our company and its employees are grateful for your patronage in buying “local” and servicing your vehicles in our establishment. We wish you and your families the best and hope you take the opportunity to enjoy the Annual Holiday Marketplace at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.”


Rebecca Mordini,
Communications Coordinator
805-682-4726 ext. 132

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