Matilija Poppy

During October, the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden (SBBG) is having a gigantic native plant sale — they say the largest taking place between L.A. and S.F. “Part of our mission here at the garden is to inform the public about the benefits of planting native plants in their own gardens,” said Bruce Reed, SBBG nursery manager. As such, the garden will have more than 5,000 plants for the buying, featuring more than 450 California native species, including hard-to-find flora such as Heermann’s lotus, ‘Davids Choice’ sagebrush, and the wee wild lilac ‘Heart’s Desire’. There will also be gallon pots of island bush poppy, Matilija poppies, and flannel bush. The sale is October 1-31, 10 a.m.-noon (for members) and noon-5 p.m. (for the public) at 1212 Mission Canyon Road. For info, call 682-4726 or visit


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