Seniors Invited to Enjoy Music in the Meadow at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden





On Monday, June 19, 2017 seniors (adults 60+) are welcome to visit the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden free of charge, thanks to a partnership with Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels & Crematorium. The Garden will be open to the public from 9am-6pm with special programming for senior guests. Musical performances will be held at the Blaksley Boulder Patio overlooking the Meadow; limited seating will be available.

Senior Free Day: Music in the Meadow will include performances by flutist Leslee Sipress, who will play a selection of classical, jazz and Broadway compositions from 9:30am-11am. From 3pm-5pm, the Long Gone Daddies, an acoustic trio composed of long-time Central Coast musicians Fred Nadis (clarinet), Jon Brady (ukulele/accordion), and Robert Perales (vocals, ukulele, guitar) will charm guests with their foot-stomping medleys of traditional jazz tunes, gypsy swing, Tex-Mex and Americana.

“We are thrilled to partner with Welch-Ryce-Haider for Free Senior Days at the Garden,” said Barbara Backlund, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Visitor Services Manager. “We hope the day will encourage seniors in our community to get into nature, enjoy some music and a Meadow view, and explore some of the Garden’s walking trails.”

Seniors are also encouraged to participate in the 2017 Senior Photography Contest.  In conjunction with Senior Free Days, this competition seeks submissions that highlight Santa Barbara County’s renowned landscapes, native plants, and animals as subject matter. Deadline for entries is August 31, 2017. For more information, visit

Over the last three years Welch-Ryce-Haider’s generous support for Free Senior Days has allowed more than 1,300 older adults access to one of Santa Barbara’s most beloved institutions. Upcoming Senior Free Days will take place on August 21, October 16 and December 18, 2017.

About the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
The Garden is a 78-acre privately funded nonprofit institution that fosters the conservation of California’s native plants through our gardens, research and education, and serves as a role model for sustainability. The Garden was founded in 1926 and is among the nation’s oldest botanic gardens focused exclusively on native plants. For more information about the Garden, please visit


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