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

Commemorative Plaque Program

Our commemorative plaques have long been a favorite for families, friends, pet lovers, companies and other organizations. These dedication markers are installed at the base of City street trees. Proceeds from the plaques help fund the purchase of new street trees in collaboration with the Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department.

Commemorative Plaque Application (PDF)

Online Commemorative Plaque Application

Street Trees Program

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 12,000 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:

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.

Erythrina caffra – Tree of the Month – March 2021

Erythrina caffra tree santa barbara beautiful photo david gress
Erythrina caffra Tree

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)

Tree of the Month Slideshow

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