The Goleta Valley Historical Society completed the first phase of its Arboretum Restoration Project at Rancho La Patera. The first and largest phase included complete restoration of the gardens, trees and pathways surrounding the Stow House.
When the project is completed the ranch will be one of only a few remaining properties in the region that has maintained the ambiance and integrity of a late 19th/early 20th century specimen garden. In recognition of their historical significance the gardens will eventually be eligible for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places for cultural landscapes.
The grounds surrounding the Stow House are landscaped with exotic trees from around the world such as palms from South America, Mexico, Asia, and the Canary Islands, as well as Eugenia, Star Pine, and Bunya Bunya trees from Australia.
Several years of meticulous inventory, documentation, and landscape studies were conducted prior to the implementation of the project. Historians Dr. Pamela Post and Timothy Hazeltine and landscape architect Sydney Baumgartner created a plan taking into account the property’s history and significance as well as current and future uses.
The studies and first phase of the Arboretum Restoration Project have been funded through grants from the California Cultural and Historical Endowment, Hind Foundation, the Goleta Valley Land Trust, the Maria Ealand Fund and individual donations. The Society is grateful for the support and cooperation from the City of Goleta as we continue to fundraise for the remaining phases. Phase I of the Arboretum Restoration Project was completed by Arroyo Seco Construction, under the supervision of owner, Adam Graham.