Patagonia Adventure

Happy 2020! May it be a decade filled with joy and adventure! As the last few months of the twenty-teens sped by, we began thinking of how we would like…

Sneak Peak of Margie’s New Book: Private Gardens of Santa Barbara

I’m very excited to announce the release of my first book, Private Gardens of Santa Barbara – The Art of Outdoor Living, launching in March 2020 with publisher Gibbs Smith.…

Mud, Sweat, and Tears – Rising from the Mud

  We don’t often think of a natural disaster as being a thing of random chance. But a visit to Montecito after the debris flow of January 9, 2018 proves…

Paradise Lost… and Found – Montecito Restoration Continues

On January 9, 2018 massive debris flows came barreling down the slopes above Montecito, devastating the community of nearly 9,000 inhabitants. In a matter of moments, 23 people lost their…

Rising From the Mud and the Ashes – Restoring Montecito

We hear about disasters around the globe on a daily basis, but it’s hard to imagine that such devastation will ever hit so close to home. In early December 2017,…