Tree Programs

Trees are a special part of our commitment to the environment and present very special opportunities for our community.

Commemorative Plaque Program

Commemorative Plaque Santa Barbara Beautiful

Long a favorite program of families, friends, loved ones, pet lovers, and organizations, the Commemorative Tree Program, sponsored by Santa Barbara Beautiful, gives donors an opportunity to create a lasting tribute. Now those who wish to honor or remember someone or something special can do so with this attractive marker near almost any existing city street tree.

Because Santa Barbara Beautiful has participated in the planting of over 13,000 street trees, there are plenty of trees to choose from. This attractive design offers a 4″x 6″ horizontal plaque lettered on a dark background, embedded in a sandstone-colored concrete holder. The custom design features improved toughness and durability.

Commemorative Plaque Application (PDF)

Online Commemorative Plaque Application

Tree of the Month

“And this, our life, exempt from public haunts, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.”
– William Shakespeare, q. David Gress

We are excited to share this monthly series to help increase awareness and appreciation of Santa Barbara’s many outstanding public trees, and our support for planting thousands of street trees.

Written and photographed by David Gress, Santa Barbara Beautiful Board Member and Arborist for the City of Santa Barbara, the Tree of the Month columns have been a regular, popular feature on Santa Barbara news site Edhat. The series has now been included on this site as well, to revisit any day of any month.

Since 1980, the City of Santa Barbara has earned recognition as a Tree City USA from the National Arbor Day Foundation for 17 consecutive years. The City of Santa Barbara honors Santa Barbara Beautiful for its urban forest partnership with a yearly Arbor Day Proclamation at City Hall.

Mexican Palo Verde – Tree of the Month – July 2021

Mexican Palo Verde photo David Gress
Mexican Palo Verde

Santa Barbara Beautiful continues to preserve and protect Santa Barbara’s rich and diverse urban forest through its neighborhood street tree program. With your support, and the hard work of City Parks & Recreation Department crews, this partnership has planted more than 13,000 street trees within the City of Santa Barbara. The severe drought has impacted the street tree program, with preservation of existing trees now a priority.

We hope you will enjoy these useful links about our beloved local trees:

Commemorative Tree Dedication – Dedicated to the Memory of Larry Crandell

Commemorative Tree Dedication Santa Barbara Beautiful 2017
Crandell family members and Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table board members gather around a tree that was dedicated to the memory of the late Larry Crandell, “Mr. Santa Barbara,” outside the Carrillo Street Gym in downtown Santa Barbara. (Photo: Steve Ainsley)

Historic Cota Sycamore by Santa Barbara Mission - In Memoriam Huell Howser

Santa Barbara Beautiful is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit managed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors. Our Board brings vital expertise and leadership with a special dedication to the beauty of our city and the health of our entire community.