Goleta Valley Beautiful E-Mail News - July 2007



1st Annual Goleta Valley Garden Tour - Saturday July 14th - Details Below

    GVB Volunteer Opportunities-GVB Office and message phone number 685-7910
  1. Saturday Morning Tree Plantings/Tree Care - 8 am to 11 am (NOTE new earlier summer times!)
  2. July 7 - No Project
  3. July 14 - Devereux Greenhouse tree nursery care - 8 to 11 am
  4. July 21 - School Tree Care - Meet at La Patera 55 La Patera Lane, and then on to El Camino and Foothill
  5. July 28 - School Tree Care - Meet at the old El Rancho School (now SB Montessori), 7421 Mirano Dr.
  6. Saturday July 14 Noon to 5:30 pm -Garden Tour Docents needed. Complimentary admission to the Garden Tour Party for those volunteering to be a docent for half the time at one of our homes. Contact Bonnie at 683-1878
  7. Honor Tree Plaque Care - Reinforce plaques with concrete screws - Girsh Park, Page Youth Center, GVB Honor Row, various locations. One hour shifts at your convenience. 30 shifts needed, call 685-7910
  8. Wednesday morning Tree Care events, July 18,25, 8:30 to 11:30 am - call 685-7910 for locations
  9. Devereux Greenhouse/Growing Grounds young tree care - Every Mon & Fri 9 am to Noon - Call 685-7910
  10. Litter pickup 2nd and 4th Sat. - Call Don and Judy Nason 964-4895
  11. Graffiti removal and reporting - Call Ed Graper 964-7117, edgraper@yahoo.com
  12. Monthly Goleta Valley Beautiful award nominations - Call Bonnie Freeman 683-1878 or Phebe Mansur 685-2277
  13. Citizen Pruners - 50 3-hour Young tree care projects. Variable weekday, evening or weekend hours. Call 685-7919
  14. Additional GVB ongoing indoor/outdoor volunteer community service activities, call 685-7910


First Goleta Valley Garden Tour - Saturday, July 14, 12:30-5:30


Come see the sometimes hidden and beautiful areas of our Goleta Valley in three nearby locations featuring 6 award-winning landscapes, plus an Urban Farm showcasing a low maintenance vegetable garden, a children^s garden, plants to buy, demonstrations, a door prize, free refreshments and more. Local exhibitors will be on hand with displays and educational information. Win a drawing to get a high-value landscape consultation from one of four top Santa Barbara designers. A family affair with children 12 and under gaining free admission. Docents will be present at each home along with designers, or homeowners providing information about each landscape.
A party of 4 or more gets a discount of $5 off each person. Tickets can be purchased the day of the event at the urban farm home base - 5200 Austin Road (Patterson Ave, S), or at the sustainable home - 845 Norma Way (Patterson Ave, N). Look for articles in The News-Press (July 7th), the Independent (July 12 Virginia Hayes), the Valley Voice (July 6th Jeannine Bertuzzi column) and the calendar sections.
Our wonderful sponsors for this first year are COMMUNITY WEST BANK, Kitson Landscape Management, Inc., Goleta Building Materials, San Marcos Growers, Terra Sol Nursery, and Cicileo Landscape & Maintenance. To find out more, purchase advance tour and/or consultation tickets, please contact Bonnie Freeman at 683-1878, bonniegoleta@aol.com

Hollister Avenue Anti-Graffiti Beautification Project Planted


Thanks to the 36 volunteers who contributed 174 service hours at the Hollister Avenue Anti-Graffiti Landscaping Project on 6/19. In addition to volunteers from the surrounding neighborhood, volunteer groups represented included Rotary Clubs from Goleta Noontime, Santa Barbara North, Downtown as well as Santa Barbara Rotaract, the Coalition for Sensible Planning and the Homeowners Defense Fund. The hardworking volunteers stayed well into the afternoon to finish planting and watering 11 Island Oaks, 45 Climbing Aloe and 45 Boston Ivy "Hacienda Creeper", installation of 900^ of irrigation tubing with 300 emitters, 900^ of weed block held down with 500 soil staples, and covered with a pile of mulch delivered in a one ton truck. The extremely hard clay soil was so difficult to deal with that only half of the 67 tree and aloe stakes were completely installed. On two subsequent weekends with another 24 service hours of effort, we spread two more truckloads of mulch, completed the installation of the stakes and installation of the irrigation system.
Thanks to the Homeowners Defense Fund and Santa Barbara Rotaract for their grants to finance this project, and for additional support on project day including pizza drinks and snacks for the volunteers, and additional hoses to help complete the initial watering of the plants. Additional support came from Martha Degasis for her assistance in the design, Second District County Supervisor Wolf^s office and County Public Works staff for their support in processing the permits, Girls Inc. for their support, and to Gary Earle, Wendy Coggins and Judy Ishkanian for their leadership in developing and implementing the project.
To sign up for a volunteer activity, send an e-mailScott or leave a message at 685-7910.
-Also Click here to see the calendar

6th Annual Goleta Valley Heritage Tree Tour A Crowd Pleaser


    The 6th Annual Goleta Valley Heritage Tree Tour received accolades from all who attended Sunday, June 24th. This annual fundraiser and tree-awareness event once again revealed the awe-inspiring wonders of nature that have graced our area for hundreds of years, and that we hope to preserve for future generations. There are many to thank for the success of this event;
  1. Santa Barbara Airbus has been the primary sponsor of the tour since 2002, and as usual, driver Emilo represents the high quality and courtesy that Santa Barbara Airbus has to offer.
  2. Sizzler Restaurant provided the luncheon location and continues to be a good steward in preserving the landmark Witness Tree.
  3. Tour guide and Professor Emeritus Jerry Sortomme returned for his 5th time as tour guide, assisted at times by Arborists Bill Spiewak and Bill Millar. Please check out Jerry^s Huerta Project at the Santa Barbara Mission that is restoring many of the original and historically appropriate plants.
  4. Randy Baldwin of San Marcos Growers who for the 6th time invited us into his private gardens to reveal a rich diversity of plants and trees, including the most beautiful Arbutus in the entire south coast.
  5. Bishop Ranch and the Larwin Company for allowing us access to the specimen trees surrounding the 1907 farmhouse on the grounds.
  6. Henry Schulte for allowing access to Dos Pueblos Ranch, where visitors marveled at the 54 trees in the Moreton Bay Fig Forest on the grounds, and to Sam Alfano for arranging the visit.
  7. And special thanks to all those who supported the tour by attending.


Water Kings and Queens, We Need You!


Volunteer Emily Mason is helping San Marcos High ground crews water trees this summer, while thewell organized Beautify Dos Pueblos committee is also on a regular watering schedule. While we like to trumpet the number of trees we plant and care for, we are also sorry to report that we lose about 15 trees a year out of the trees that we plant, mostly due to lack of water. Last week, we removed 6 dead Brisbane Box trees along Cathedral Oaks from a group that we planted 5 years ago. Ironically, 4 of them died from too much water created by overflows from the adjacent Glen Annie Golf Club. More often than not, newly planted young trees die because the Water Kings and Queens that we depend upon to help water young trees for the first two summers after installation sometimes forget, misunderstand or simply don^t follow through. Call us at 685-7910 if you would like to help or if you see a young tree in need of help. Don^t wait till its too late.

Isla Vista trees get cared for on 6/2 and other Kudos


Thanks to the 24 volunteers who contributed 72 service hours for the 6/2/07 tree care day at Isla Vista School and at the adjacent Isla Vista Recreation and Park District Camino Corto and Del Sol Open Spaces. Volunteers included parents and students from Isla Vista Elementary School, Santa Barbara Junior High School, UCSB Honors Program, Kappa Sigma, Tri-Delta, Circle K, EAB, and Gamma Phi Beta. The volunteers loaded a one ton truckload of mulch into containers and hauled it to the 43 trees planted on the campus on January 15. Each tree was weeded and mulched, and some of the dry trees were hand watered. EAB volunteer Polly Uttayaya led members of the 6th grade Isla Vista School class in replanting one of the Island Oaks that didn^t make it from the January planting. This tree planting was part of an example of the efforts students can make towards combating global warming. After the school trees were cared for, we then went to the adjacent IVRPD open spaces where we weeded and mulched about 60 Coast Live Oaks planted along the edges by GVB volunteers several years ago. Thanks to Helen McPherrin for snacks for the volunteers.
Work Training Program crews did their usual great support work in getting areas ready for volunteer projects, and finishing up projects that weren^t quite completed or need extra work. They are unsung heroes.
Devereux clients and Evergreen Devereux Greenhouse volunteers Stacia and Adran Young worked on repotting Island oaks and redbuds at the Greenhouse.
The Nason Litter Crew spent 21.5 hours collecting 12 bags of roadside litter. They are working so hard they are wearing out their Grip and Grab tools.

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