BENEFITING: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
ORGANIZER: Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
EVENT DATE: Oct 11, 2011
I am helping the Garden rebuild bridges - bridges to our neighbors, to our larger community, and even an actual bridge!
Do you have memories of the rustic wood foot bridge spanning Mission Creek at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden? Well, that bridge was the Campbell Bridge, and it was completely burned in the Jesusita Fire in May 2009. Now, SBBG has plans to rebuild that bridge!
This isn’t just any bridge, it is a bridge that connects one side of the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden to the other; it links our present to our past; and it allows our community to experience the essence and heart of the Garden.
When flames swept through the Mission Canyon, on May 6, 2009, everything burned. The sycamores and other native plants are growing back, and the Garden has got the architectural plans for the new Campbell Bridge. This effort, however, is more than just building a physical bridge. The metaphorical bridges - the connections between the Garden and the many individuals and groups that love the Garden - are also in need of repair. We hope that the new Campbell Bridge will stand as a symbol to the larger Santa Barbara community that the controversy that surrounded SBBG in recent years is now "water under the bridge", and that we are again focused on the critical mission of the Garden: fostering the conservation of California's flora.
Now we need your help to rebuild the Campbell Bridge and all that it represents We are asking as many people as we know to make a gift of any size so we can have this bridge in place by December 31, 2012.
My personal goal is more about the number of people who donate rather than the specific amount I raise. I am confident we can raise the approximately $80,000 we will need to rebuild the bridge. The question is “can we rebuild the community support that we need to be a vibrant part of the community for the next 85 years?”
I hope you will help me answer that question by making a donation of any size to this effort!
If you don't want to donate online, you can always send a check to
1212 Mission Canyon Rd
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Write Campbell Bridge and the name of the team member whose effort your are supporting in the memo line of your check. Thank you very much for your support!