White Sage doesn’t grow on coastal facing slopes. It’s only found just inland, on the backside of the sea-facing slopes that define the Central Coast.
Berries & Grapes
Supplying the Arlington kitchens were Hollister’s vast Glen Annie vegetable gardens,. He grew berries in endless variety, and his vineyards were said to contain more varieties of grapes than any other in Southern California.
Ellwood Cooper was specializing in olive trees, with hopes to produce oil in competition with Italy and Spain. His home was built west of the Lower Ranch—current day Ellwood Canyon.
Cooper was also importing gum tree seedlings from Australia—the Eucalyptus—which in a short space of years changed the appearance of rural California as far north as the Sacramento Valley.
Coffee & Bananas
Cooper and Hollister made plans to plant Brazilian coffee beans and Nicaraguan banana trees. Cooper, with long experience in the tropics, pronounced the Santa Barbara climate ideal for such experiments.