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Children enjoying the scene at Fairview Gardens


Be a part of Fairview Gardens Shade Tree Planting Project Saturday August 4th

Fairview Gardens and Goleta Valley Beautiful volunteers will jointly plant 20 shade trees around the Farmhouse and farmworkers housing on Saturday August 4th from 9 am to noon.  These trees will provide passive energy conservation cooling to the residences and add to the aesthetic beauty of the gardens.  This is our only large scale tree planting of the summer.  All tools and supples will be provided, along with water and snacks.  We’ll be meeting by the farmhouse at 598 N. Fairview Road at 9 am.

These twenty trees, and a later planting of 300 fruit trees, is made possible through a grant from the Alliance for Community Trees (ACT), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health and livability oc cities by planting and caring for trees. .  ACTrees has partnered with the US Department of Agriculture People’s Garden Initiative to explore the benefits of creating and deepening connections between community trees and urban agriculture.  For more information and to rsvp, please call 685-7910.     


Sign up for Goleta Valley Beautiful August Volunteer Events

Our summer tree care schedule includes Saturday morning events from 9 to Noon.  In order to keep our events up to date, we are now posting all of our events on our website volunteer events calendar at

www.goletavalleybeautiful.org. For the most part, we will be working at the Devereux Greenhouse and any off site projects will be starting from there. To get to the Greenhouse, From Storke Road and El Colegio, continue towards ocean on Slough Road for 1/2 mile, turn left onto Devereux Way, proceed 50 feet to the stop sign, turn right and go halfway around the circular road until you see the dirt road entrance to the Greenhouse.  We do have special projects for student interested in earning community service credits, and weekday events.   For all volunteer tree care events, please RSVP at www.goletavalleybeautiful.org.  Any questions call (805)685-7910.

Roadside trash collection in the Goleta area continues on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays.  Call Don and Judy Nason 964-4895 to RSVP.    Call 964-7117 to participate in graffiti removal and to report incidents in your area as soon as you see it.     

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Volunteers from UCSB water trees along Cathedral Oaks Road  


 ·       Then and Now – 4415 Cathedral Oaks Fern Pine Trees

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Then 2/23/02                                                                                                                    Now 7/7/12                       

 Ten years ago on 2/23/2002, a group of GVB volunteers including Sam Alfano, Thom Myall, Al Turnbull and Merlyn Cummings planted ten Fern Pine (Podacarpus gracilior) trees along Cathedral Oaks Road in front of the County Roads Yard.  Only Merlyn is still with us, but the trees live on in silent tribute to their efforts.  On 7/7/12, GVB Volunteer Trainer George Jimenez tends to 5 additional Coast Live Oaks planted last year in front of the now maturing Fern Pines as part of GVB’s continuing effort to bring oaks to Cathedral Oaks Road.   Thanks to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection for grant funding that made this possible.     

Tree Stories – The Mulberry Tree

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Phebe and brother                                                           Phebe and father today

As part of our continuing series, this month’s tree story comes to us from Phebe Mansur, Vice President of the Goleta Valley Beautiful Board of directors and owner of CopyRight at 5710 Hollister Avenue in Old Town Goleta. 

The Mulberry Tree

Daddy had just awakened me with a serenade and now he was pointing out the window. Standing on tip toes, I sank into my pillow and had to grip the window sill to pull myself higher.  “You see that tree?” Daddy asked.  I peeked over the sill at the blue sky and nodded.  “Someday,” he said, “that tree is going to grow big and shade the entire window.”

That was the year my big brother, a golden Adonis, came home from college.  He always found time to play with me and we played ball around Daddy’s spindly tree.  I remember wondering why Daddy put the tree where he did. It seemed to be stuck in the open space of the yard and in the way.

As the years passed, the tree, a mulberry tree I learned, grew.  It became the anchor for our family hammock, gave shade in the summer, and provided berries for pies and food for the birds and squirrels. I spent many hours enjoying the mulberry tree.

And hating it. Quite soon the tree was large enough to drop its leaves.  Dad taught me the fine art of raking. I became the designated raker.  The larger it grew the more leaves there were to rake.  Sent out in all weather, I raked.  Coming home on weekends from UCSB, I was sent out to rake.  Now, it is a ritual Father and I do together.

Several years ago the mulberry tree developed a tree disease.  I was certain it would die.  It survived.  We still sit in its shade and listen to the birds and the wind rustling in the leaves.

By Phebe Mansur, Wade Mansur, PJ Mansur

Send us  your thoughts about trees that have had an influence upon your life and your memories, and we’ll publish it in upcoming newsletters.  Photos past and present are welcome. 

July Educational Programs at GVB Devereux Greenhouse and Growing Grounds

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GVB hosted several groups in July with educational programs designed with Project Learning Tree objectives in mind.  Students in the United Way Fun in the Sun Program at Devereux and Franklin spent time with GVB staff and interns learning about how to manage a tree nursery.  In addition to learning how to repot a tree and prepare compost, students explored the structure of leaves using portable microscopes, did leaf rubbings, and left with tree coloring books and tree fun cards with things to do with their parents at home.    

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GVB volunteer Casey forsaking the beach for the trees

Goleta Valley Beautiful News Briefs

We had thought that the designation of the Sister Witness Tree as the State’s Champion sycamore would be official by now, but state officials want to run some more tests before making it final.  We’ll keep you posted.  In the meantime, the City of Goleta has released three concept plans for the design of the new Old Town Goleta Park.  All of the designs include a 15 foot wide bike trail  within ten feet of the trunk of the Sister Witness Tree.  Even if elevated on piers, the bike trail will bring significant human activity (and rootcompaction) to an area that has been largely untouched for hundreds of years.  The concept plans are available for viewing and comment on the City of Goleta’s website.

-          Thanks to last month’s volunteers groups included UCSB Upward Bound Program, and many motivated individuals.

-          Thanks also to last month’s sponsors including: UCSB Coastal Fund, the City of Goleta, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, California ReLeaf, Santa Barbara County Resource Recovery and Waste management Division, SB County Public Works, Devereux, and hundreds of GVB donor members.  Please mention to our supporters how much you appreciate their support of Goleta Valley Beautiful.  You can find the list of our donor members at our website at www.goletavalleybeautiful.org.  

-          Statistical information about the amount/locations of trees and volunteers can now be found in the archives of the education section of our website.   

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64 UCSB Upward Bound volunteers cleaning and maintaining the Devereux nursery on 7-15-12


Tree Link Information- Why Trees?

The Society of Municipal Arborists created a series of tree research articles for the general public.  See the attached link for the latest information on why trees are important.


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