Garden Dialogues

Garden Dialogues 2023: Montecito, CA

Montecito, CA

This elegant Colonial Revival residence and its surrounding garden of nearly four acres were once part of a larger estate built in 1895 for the Thaw family by celebrated New York architect Stanford White (who was later murdered by a Thaw relative in 1906). The estate once encompassed the entirety of what is now the small residential enclave known as Glen Oaks in Montecito, California.

Pool area and patio
Glen Oaks, Montecito, CA - Photo courtesy Arcadia Studio, 2022
Glen Oaks, Montecito, CA - Photo courtesy Arcadia Studio, 2022

Renovation of the estate’s gardens and interiors commenced in 2018 and was completed in 2021. While the gardens had been subject to several past revitalization efforts, many original features remained and were showcased to greatest advantage in the new work. The large lawn anchoring the main facade echoes the design of the original but has been updated with more sustainable and drought tolerant plant materials. The pool was restored alongside its adjacent cabana, while a companion cabana was added to frame a new outdoor fireplace west of the pool. Meyer lemon trees were planted and trained to climb a trellis connecting the cabanas. An original fountain on axis with the north end of the pool was rehabilitated and is now decorated with a sculpture furnished by the owners.

Lawn with fountains
Glen Oaks, Montecito, CA - Photo courtesy Arcadia Studio, 2022

Looking north from the residence, a grand axial view through the expanse of the garden is dominated by a dramatic cascading water feature, anchored by a pair of 100-year-old clamshell basins imported by the owners from Belgium and skillfully integrated into the landscape.

Walking paths traverse the property and lead to further garden rooms and a variety of native and exotic species that thrive in the Southern California climate.

Patio space with outdoor furniture.
Glen Oaks, Montecito, CA - Photo courtesy Arcadia Studio, 2022

This Garden Dialogue will be led by Derrik Eichelberger, Principal at Arcadia Studio. 

1.5 LA CES™ professional development hours will be available to attendees.

Click here to view the complete 2023 season of Garden Dialogues.



Refund Policy

Cancellations and Refunds will be granted according to the following schedule:

Up to two (2) weeks in advance: 50% (Deduction represents administrative processing fees)

No refunds will be made for cancellations thirteen (13) days prior to event

No refunds will be made for “No Shows” (a person who registers for a program but who does not cancel registration or attend the program).

Refunds will be processed as they are received or after the conclusion of the program, depending on the program date and when cancellation occurs. Refunds may take five (5) to seven (7) business days to process.