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Posted on May 21 at 11:34 a.m.
Information quoted from respected Santa Barbara historian, Walker A Tompkins: " In 1926 Mrs. Anna Dorinda Bliss of Montecito heard that a housing tract was being planned for upper Mission Canyon. Rather than see one of Santa Barbara's most beautiful untouched attractions ruined by "progress", Mrs. Bliss bought the entire 26-acre subdivision and dedicated it as a botanical preserve, confined to native flora of California, as a living memorial to her father, Henry Blakesley. " So the Garden was indeed established as a preserve and should remain one.
On The Carbajal Compromise
Posted on May 19 at 5:30 p.m.
Research and Education are secondary to preserving and protecting the Garden’s site (the goal of those who originally donated the land). The classroom is the great out-of-doors. That “only 1%” marked for development is the historic portion that people visit. Indians walked dirt trails, not cement pavers; they camped by great boulders under oaks, not on terraces improved for weddings. Scientific research is important—but the development of premiere facilities for an institutional campus is not appropriate in this historic garden.