Alice Keck Gardens

Alice Keck Park

Alice Keck Park

Just blocks from the main drag of State Street, Santa Barbara there’s an awesome park called Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens.  Besides the ponds full of koi, turtles and patches of lawn…the place is loaded with some sweet ornamentals.  Talking about coolness…this place is so hot that there’s a cultivar named after it, Aeonium ‘Alice Keck Park’.

Alice Keck Memorial Park

Alice Keck Memorial Park

Fall color coming from their Ginkgo biloba turning yellow.  All the plants in the garden were selected for their low water use and because they grow well in Santa Barbara.  Oh, and bonus….it’s a dog park too! (on leash only).  BTW, we want to give a shout out to the friendly dog people in the park suggesting a couple off leash dog beaches.

Monarch butterfly

Monarch butterfly

Aloes blooming

Aloes spikes

Seems like winter is here because the Aloes are in full of spikes.  The Aloe below is a bit of a mystery.  It’s a climber (here’s another pic of one we saw), but have no idea what it is.

Climbing aloe

Climbing aloe

Tegetes sp?

Tegetes lemmonii ?

The plants weren’t marked, but believe that the top is a Tegetes lemmonii and Oxalis below.

Oxalis sp?

Oxalis sp?

NOID

NOID

Last one, we would really love some help IDing this one.  We don’t recall seeing anything like it before and really wanted it.  Thick succulent stem, fleshy leaves like a begonia, leaves max were about 4-6 inches wide, grew about knee to hip height.  Help.

– Far Out Flora

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