After a week in the LA area we started our road trip proper and drove to Santa Barbara. Memorial Day Weekend traffic. Not good!
One of the best meals of our three weeks was at the Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach. I’ve added a few pics here of the beach for prosperity.
One of my Facebook friends advised me to stop and see the Moreton Bay Ficus when we were in Santa Barbara so after a quick google search we popped down the street to visit. A great History to this tree and worthy of a visit just for that alone. I’m not a Fig person when Bonsai is concerned but these big boys impress! I got a parking ticket in the 10 minutes it took to visit the tree. This turned out to be the most expensive tree attraction we visited! It’s free for you if you make it there though.
Hard to believe I managed three stops in one day! Huntington Gardens, Fuji Bonsai and finally Kimura Bonsai. I have 3 weeks worth of photos to get through here!
Robert Pressler at Kimura Bonsai is one of the guys I chat to on Facebook over the last few years and you wonder if you’ll ever get to meet. When he heard I was in his general area he was quick to offer up the opportunity to visit his place. I knew I would be pushed for time on the day but I managed to make it. He’d just adopted a new dog, Riley, who I was keen to meet also 🙂
Unlike the first two stops of the day, my time with Robert was mostly spent in his company chatting about all things bonsai. I did get a guided tour of his nursery and a talk through of many of the trees but the camera work was all a bit of a rush to fit everything in. I’ve been conscious during this holiday to take the time to actually look around for myself and soak up the experience and not see everything through a lens. Great to see a few accents for the first time. A good selection of JB Pine nursery stock at various ages as well. Here’s some snaps of our time there. That blasted sun just blows out most of the detail as usual but you’ll still get a feel for the place.