For the first time, Casa del Herrero members will have exclusive access to self-guided garden hours on designated days. The Our Garden is Your Garden membership benefit begins in March.

Reservations are required and picnics are encouraged. Reservation fees vary by membership level, and all members can include guests in their reservations for an additional charge.

Tables and chairs will be positioned throughout the gardens, where members and their guests can enjoy the designs of pioneering landscape architects Ralph Stevens, Lockwood de Forest, and Francis T. Underhill.

“Casa del Herrero is proud to offer new, members-only garden hours,” said Vija Hodosy, Casa del Herrero’s executive director. “This membership benefit diversifies community access and allows for a self-guided, reflective pace.

“Our hope is that members will be inspired by the abundant artistry living in the quiet details of the estate. This new experience elevates the presence of historic places in our community, which reflects our core values.”

Membership revenue contributes to the vibrancy and accessibility of Casa del Herrero, known as Montecito’s only National Historic Landmark.

As the 100-year anniversary of the Casa’s creation by George Washington Smith and George Fox Steedman approaches, site-wide maintenance and restoration projects are in full swing. Those preservation efforts require vigorous community support.

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Casa del Herrero, or the House of the Blacksmith, is one of the best examples of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture in America. It is included on the National Register of Historic Places, and maintains National Historic Landmark status in part due to its eclectic mix of Country Place Era and Moorish-inspired gardens created by Ralph Stevens, Lockwood de Forest, and Francis T. Underhill.

Today, the 11-acre estate functions as a nonprofit with the goal of preserving the house and grounds, as well as the Steedman Family’s Collection of 15th- and 16th- century fine and decorative art from the Golden Age of Spain.

The Casa provides educational opportunities to visitors through docent-led tours and programming that explore the artistry represented in the architecture, landscape design, craftsmanship, and art collections of Casa del Herrero.