Photo by Morgan OstranderA green idea for healthy living: Montecito Urban Farms now offers tower gardens ($499, pictured), the vertical gardening fad among the nature-conscious and do-it-yourself crowd that results in an eye-catching garden fixture and a healthy diet. Want to get growing?

Stop by a workshop ($50) to procure the seedlings, learn to grow your own organic greens and receive expert tips for maintaining your produce year round. Located near West Beach, Joy Kelly and Sandy Campbell’s Chapala Gardens also sells towers ($499) as well as seedlings ($1) and offers monthly open houses to teach you the basics of growing your own veggies—think cilantro, parsley, red romaine, kale, arugula and more.
–Brenna Bozigian

CHAPALA GARDENS 118 Chapala St., Santa Barbara, 805-963-2075,
MONTECITO URBAN FARMS 2352 Lillie Ave., Summerland, 805-694-8224,


Vertical Vegetables (Spring 2013 Issue) via Santa Barbara Magazine