Susan Van Atta Announced as New Trustee for the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is pleased to announce the addition of Susan Van Atta, FASLA to their 16-member Board of Trustees. In addition to her regular Trustee duties, Susan will serve on the Garden and Horticulture Committee. Ms. Van Atta is President of the Santa Barbara-based Van Atta Associates, Inc. (VAI), and is a registered landscape architect whose 30 years of experience and award-winning designs reflect her long-standing commitment to environmentally-appropriate landscape design, habitat restoration, and the use of native plants. As the co-author of the Garden’s Cultural Landscape Master Plan with Charles Birnbaum in 2012, Ms. Van Atta demonstrated a deep understanding and appreciation of the Garden’s historic designs and evolution. Her book, The Southern California Native Flower Garden, can be found in the Garden’s Gift Shop. A graduate of University of California, Santa Barbara, Environmental Studies and California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Landscape Architecture, Ms. Van Atta resides in Santa Barbara, is married to Ken Radtkey (founder of Blackbird Architects), and has two sons, Kellen and Ian.

For further information or to arrange an interview with Dr. Steve Windhager, SBBG Executive Director, or Susan Van Atta, FASLA, and to request high-resolution images please contact Joni Kelly, Communications Manager, at 805-682-4726 ext. 132 or via cell at 805-886-1869. For more information about the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, please visit


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