A Mediteranean Feast

A delicious Santa Barbara family home

This Spanish Colonial ‘Santa Barbara’ home sits atop large drifts of stylized grasses, lavender and agaves, with multi-stemmed Frantoio olives to provide structure and hor d’oeuvres for the house. The kitchen doors open to a walled courtyard for dining and relaxing. A central stone fountain provides movement, sound and a cooling effect during the warmer summer months. The walls are dressed with sweet and sour citrus and under-planted with culinary herbs and nectar flowers.  

The formerly unused rear space has been converted to a three tier edible garden with a flock of heritage chickens. The upper tier is planted with a low-water food forest – a mix of berries, fruit trees, herbs and habitat planting for seasonal interest. The mid-tier hosts 6 raised planters for seasonal vegetables and the lower tier a classic Mediterranean gravel/boulder and succulent garden with extra herbs and tea species planting throughout. A café style table and chairs provide an opportunity to sit, relax and watch it all grow.