Last weekend, our family loaded our suitcases into the car and headed out to Southern California to visit my second-oldest daughter, Rachele, who is stationed there at a Navy base.
I was excited to see Rachele, but also to visit that part of California since it is near where I grew up and also where I met my husband while attending college.
On Saturday morning, we left our younger kids with Rachele and ventured up into the hills outside of Santa Barbara in order to visit our college.
Believe it or not, I was not interested in the gardens or plants when I attended Westmont. I was more focused on having fun, dating and passing my classes. At the time, I was decidedly “undecided” in what I wanted to major in.
I spent 2 years at Westmont before I got married and moved to Arizona.
Now, whenever I am visiting Santa Barbara, I like to take time to visit the beautiful gardens of my former alma mater.
I’d love to take you on a little tour of my favorite spots and share some memories…
This is the main administration building, which used to be the mansion that stood on this estate.
As we left the dorm, we walked along the path lined with Simplicity roses toward a building where I must admit that I did NOT spend much time…
This is the large boulder located by the library. Students could be found sitting on top studying or catching some rays.
There was a Chaparral Sage (Salvia clevelandii) flowering next to the boulder. This shrub can be grown in the desert, if given some afternoon shade.
I hope you have enjoyed the tour so far.
Next time, I will show you the small chapel nestled within the trees, a small pond, a stunning garden filled with flowers and the area that was burned in a large wildfire a couple of years ago.