For the third straight year, the Santa Barbara Independent presents its annual Homes & Gardens special section, a roundup of profiles, advice, and insight into what makes our developed and cultivated landscapes thrive. This year’s edition looks at a tiny home built by high schoolers, the history of adobe construction, how to make your yard look like Lotusland, and much, much more.

Camie Barnwell, Contributing Writer

Camie Barnwell covered education locally for many years before her career took her in new directions. She recently earned her master’s in academic counseling and her PPL credential. She works as an admissions advisor at Fielding Graduate University and moonlights as a college advisor and essay coach for high school students navigating the college application process. She also occasionally contributes to the Santa Barbara Independent, particularly during Fiesta but, most recently, for our annual education issue.

In Print

Selected stories from our weekly newspaper.

Seeing Santa Barbara’s Past with New Eyes

Santa Barbara Public Library Digitizes More than 2,500 Historic Images

Santa Barbara Public Library digitizes more than 2,500 historic images. Read story.

Stopping Suicide in Our Schools

Santa Barbara’s Educational System Strives to Help Teenagers Succeed amid Cell Phones and Stress

Santa Barbara’s educational system strives to help teenagers succeed amid cell phones and stress. Read story.

Day-by-Day at the Live Oak Café

The Always Exhausting, Occasionally Rewarding Life of Running Your Own Restaurant

Inside the always exhausting, occasionally rewarding life of running your own restaurant. Read story.

Bill Bertka’s Beautiful Life

91 Years of Hard, Happy Work, from Santa Barbara City Hall to the L.A. Lakers

Celebrating 91 years of hard, happy work, from Santa Barbara City Hall to the L.A. Lakers. Read story.

Best of Santa Barbara® Readers’ Poll 2018

Our Annual Celebration of the People and Places That Rule Santa Barbara’s Seaside Kingdom

Our annual celebration of the people and places that rule Santa Barbara’s seaside kingdom. Read story.

Best of Santa Barbara® 2018: Eating

Fancy dishes, big burgers, and taco triumphs can all be found in this best dining round-up. Read story.

Best of Santa Barbara® 2018: Looking Good

Looking Good: Dressing up or just need new kicks? Here are the best spots for your feet, face, and more. Read story.

Best of Santa Barbara® 2018: Drinking

Drinking: Who’s got the stiffest drinks and best red wine? All that and more in the best beverage category. Read story.

Lords of the Rings: Will Steel Nets Save Montecito?

Well-Funded Nonprofit Seeks Emergency Permits to Block Debris Flows

A well-funded nonprofit is seeking emergency permits to block debris flows. Read story.

P!nk’s Personal Peace

Alecia Moore Finds Solace in Her Santa Ynez Valley Vineyard

Alecia Moore finds solace in her Santa Ynez Valley vineyard. Read story.

An Interview with Wynton Marsalis

UCSB Arts & Lectures Presents the Legendary Musician and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

Legendary musician talks about the importance of jazz and the responsibility of the artist in the modern world. Read story.

Posting Bail for S.B. County’s Undocumented ICE Detainees

One Hometown Organization Helps Keep Residents Out of Detention Centers

How Anahi Mendoza and a Santa Barbara County organization help win bail for residents in ICE detention centers. Read story.

Mental Illness and Criminal Justice in Santa Barbara County

Who Is Crazy and Who Is Insane in the Jails and Courts and on the Streets

Who is crazy and who is insane in the jails and courts and on the streets? Read story.

DANCEworks Presents Doug Elkins’s ‘Kintsugi’

Performance Is Full of Relentless Imaginative Variations

This performance is full of relentless imaginative variations that are the company’s lifeblood. Read story.

DANCEworks’ All-Star Reunion

All Resident Artists Return for 10th Anniversary

All resident artists return for the program’s 10th anniversary. Read story.

event calendar sponsored by:
Accept Credit Cards