The rose garden at the Santa Barbara Mission, pictured above, is a beautiful, beloved place for picnics, weddings and walks. Another glorious rose garden of sorts, is that at La Sumida Nursery on Patterson. La Sumida is a Santa Barbara tradition, and I’ve known the business my entire life yet somehow I wasn’t aware of their spectacular rose assortment. There are literally hundreds and hundreds of roses there; bushes, arbors, standards, espalier. Reds, pinks, whites, yellows, oranges, etc.etc. Two tones, full bodied, flat, fragrant and not. It is a such a visual treat and the best part is you can take these roses home with you! We are blessed with the Santa Barbara Rose Society and of course the gardens at Rose Story Farm as well!