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

Santa Barbara Racers Chase Land Speed Records

Glory and Defeat Are All Part of the Game

Glory and defeat are all part of the game. Read story.

The My Lai Massacre’s Santa Barbara Connection

David Obst Helps Get Seymour Hersh’s Explosive Story to the People

David Obst helps get Seymour Hersh’s explosive story to the people. Read story.

The Life and Work of Seymour Hersh

Pulitzer Prize–Winning Journalist Pens Memoir

Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist pens memoir. Read story.

Little Free Libraries Thrive in Santa Barbara

Neighborhood Book Exchange Fosters Reading and Community

Neighborhood book exchange fosters reading and community. Read story.

Read All About It

From Little Free Libraries to Reading Lists to Interviews with Literary Luminaries

It’s all about the printed page — from Little Free Libraries to an Indy staff reading lists to interviews with area literary luminaries. Read story.

‘Indy’ Staff’s Reading Picks

Books We Love — From Mystery to Romance to History

The books we love — from mystery to romance to history. Read story.

Land of the Talking Dead

Santa Barbara Spiritualism Then and Now

Santa Barbara Spiritualism then and now Read story.

After-School Activities Guide 2018

Check Out All There Is to Do When Class Ends with Our Complete Listings

Find just the right activities for kids ages 2-19 to participate in when class ends, including dance, arts, education, social groups, sports, and more. Read story.

Top 10 Tips for Fixing State Street

Experts from Across the Country Offer Advice on Improving Santa Barbara’s Main Drag

Experts from across the country offer advice on improving Santa Barbara's main drag. Read story.

Viva la Old Spanish Days Fiesta 2018

The Complete Guide to Fiesta 2018

Use S.B.’s complete guide to this year’s Fiesta celebration to make your plans, from parades and performances to food, music, and more. Read story.

Santa Barbara’s Fiesta Horse Parade

One of the Largest Equestrian Parades in the United States

El Desfile Histórico is Santa Barbara’s Fiesta celebration of the horse and one of the largest equestrian parades in the United States Read story.

The Fight for State Street

Why Santa Barbara's Main Drag Is Suffering and How to Fix It

Our report on why Santa Barbara's main drag Is suffering and suggestions on how to fix it. Read story.

Active Aging in 2018

A Guide to Making Your Golden Years Shine in Santa Barbara

A guide to making your golden years shine in Santa Barbara. Read story.

Unwrapping the Bean-to-Bar Boom

Twenty-Four Blackbirds, Chocolate Maya, and Santa Barbara’s Place in America’s Craft Chocolate Revolution

Twenty-Four Blackbirds, Chocolate Maya, and Santa Barbara’s place in America’s craft chocolate revolution. Read story.

Koalas in Our Midst

Santa Barbara Zoo Hosts Two of the Australian Natives

Santa Barbara Zoo hosts two of the adorable Australian natives. Read story.

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