KEEPING IT BEAUTIFUL

On Saturday, November 4, on the sunny heights of the Upper Village Green, the Montecito Association will host Beautification Day festivities, celebrating this town’s aesthetic spirit and semi-rural exclusivity.

Upon arrival, visitors will be treated to a continental breakfast provided by the Four Seasons Biltmore Hotel. Volunteers will be stationed at tables assigning people trash pickup routes on Montecito’s many lanes, streets, trails, roads, onramps, cul-de-sacs, byways, bridges and beaches. Each trash collector will be offered a trash bag, bottle of water, plus this year’s commemorative tee shirt (children are encouraged to attend). Cleanup routes take no more than an hour.

At 11 am, everyone will reconvene at the Village Green for the awards presentation, recognizing homes and their keepers for their contributions to beautifying this town. John Venable, the Montecito Trails Foundation president and Montecito Fire Board member, will be honored as Citizen of the Year, at which point more dutiful recognition will take place and other surprises along the way.

Montecito firefighters will then prepare Five Alarm Chili and hot dogs. Dessert treats such as fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies will be offered and Here’s the Scoop owners Bob and Ellie Patterson will be on hand to give out free gelato samples.

Breakfast begins at 9 am at the Upper Village Green, 1470 East Valley Road. Awards presentations begin at 11 am. The rain date is November 11. For more information, please call the Montecito Association office at 969-2026.

Beautification Winners

Estate Award: 1715 Glen Oaks Drive

Owners: Robert and Patty Zucherman

Architect: Unknown

This cozy French Normandy-style home was originally built to “bring a European feel” to Montecito, according to the Zuchermans. At first, the home was constructed as a two-bedroom in 1938. A unique glass passage way was added in 1988 along with an additional wing to the home. The English-style gardens surrounding the home add to its classic feel.

Exceptional Gate Award: 319 San Ysidro Road

Owners: Nick and Kathy Zwick

Landscape Architect: Sarah Fairchild

The entry to Pompeian Court was originally just off San Ysidro Road and has since been set back to accommodate for a colorful garden. The front entry has been replanted with various species of palms, grasses and flowers all selected by Kathy and Sarah. Immediately behind the gateway and lining the driveway are 85-year-old olive trees that contribute to this stately entrance’s Mediterranean sensibility.

New Landscape Award: 533 Las Fuentes Lane

Owners: Bob and Jean Reynolds

Landscape Architects: Chris and Lisa Cullen of Montecito Landscape

What was once a combination of dirt and overgrown rosemary has been transformed into a lush, tropical garden. Plants and trees already on the property were relocated to create this new paradise. Marathon sod was put in place followed by Japanese maples, fig trees and various palm varieties, just to name a few.

Charm of Montecito Award: 667 Romero Canyon Road

Owner: Barbara Franklin

Architect: L. Cooke

This charming cottage was originally built in 1929. An addition to the original structure was done in the early 1940s. Barbara purchased the property in 1972 and maintains the gardens and landscaping, with the assistance of neighbor and fellow green thumb, George Petersen. The property also boasts a whimsical well in the front yard that complements the house’s already noteworthy bucolic charm.

Beautification Day

When: November 4 Rain Date: November 11

Where: Upper Village Green, 1470 East Valley Road

9 am: Continental Breakfast, neighborhood cleanup

11 am: Beautification Awards ceremony Citizen of the Year recognition Firehouse Chili Contest Poster Exhibition Free tee shirt to all participants

Info: Call Mindy Denson at 969-9671