About Aloes in Wonderland

Aloes-in-Wonderland is the garden and nursery created by Jeff Chemnick in Santa Barbara, California.  Founded in 1988 in the upper Sycamore Canyon area of the Santa Barbara Riviera, Aloes-in-Wonderland consists of over 4 acres of landscaped hillside and nursery stock. In spite of the name, the primary focus of Aloes-in-Wonderland is cycads… aloes run a close second!

The garden features many families of botanical interest, chiefly those with radial symmetry. In addition to cycads and aloes, horticulturally popular groups such as agaves, palms, cactus, bromeliads, crassulads, dracaenas, beaucarneas, yuccas, pachypodiums, cyphostemmas, fouquierias, furcraeas, alluadias, orchids, brachychitons, cussonias, and moringas are represented in plantings designed to please the eye and stimulate the imagination.

Though most of the acreage is devoted to ground grown inventory and the garden, there are several thousand cycads in 15 gallon pots as well as hundreds of seedlings in the greenhouse; chiefly cycads and aloes, along with specialty items such as baobabs, orchids, Pandanus, Chorisia, and much more. Unlike most other nurseries, everything at Aloes-in-Wonderland is available for sale or trade whether in a pot or in the ground.

Jeff Chemnick Biography

Jeff Chemnick, a research associate at the Ganna Walska Lotusland botanical garden in Santa Barbara, is an authority on Mexican cycads having published numerous articles and described several species new to science.  In addition to his field research on the cycads of Mexico, he leads botanical and ornithological ecotours throughout the Mexico with focus on the southern states of Oaxaca and Chiapas.  Currently Jeff is co-authoring a book on the cycads of Mexico which is due to be published in 2018.  He is a member of the IUCN’s Cycad Specialist Group which determines the status of endangered cycads worldwide. Jeff has considerable horticultural experience as owner and operator of Aloes-in-Wonderland, a specialty nursery in Santa Barbara where he has lived since 1981.

A past president of the Santa Barbara Horticulture Society and former chair of the Horticultural Society Annual Plant Sale, Jeff has been involved for years within the botanical/horticultural community of Santa Barbara. He has served on several committees at Lotusland and is the chair (and auctioneer) of the Exceptional Plants Auction, Sale, and Plant Party.  Jeff has given numerous presentations on his botanical travels worldwide and teaches the Lotusland docent training course on cycads.

Jeff’s garden and nursery occupies nearly 4.5 acres at his residence in the upper Sycamore Canyon area of Santa Barbara.  Though he lost his home in the Tea Fire in 2008, the drought-tolerant garden he planted years ago, consisting chiefly of cycads, aloes, cactus, and agaves, made a remarkable comeback.

In March of 2013, Jeff organized an Aloe Summit which took place in Santa Barbara.  A weekend-long event, the Aloe Summit featured a day of presentations at Lotusland, a day of garden tours, a plant sale and auction, and several wonderful dinners, parties, and social gatherings.  Similarly, Jeff organized a Cycad Summit the following year.  A Bromeliad Summit is scheduled for 2018.

Jeff’s passions include tropical traveling, birding, surfing, skiing, word games, and playing music.

Jeff Chemnick Curriculum Vitae

Contact Aloes in Wonderland

Aloes in Wonderland is open by appointment only, week days or weekends.

Please call Jeff Chemnick at (805) 965-0895
or email [email protected]

Aloes in Wonderland is located in the Santa Barbara hills, just 10 minutes from the junction of Highway 101 and Milpas Street.

The address is:

114 Conejo Road
Santa Barbara, California
93103

Jeff Chemnick Biography

Jeff Chemnick, a research associate at the Ganna Walska Lotusland botanical garden in Santa Barbara, is an authority on Mexican cycads having published numerous articles and described several species new to science.  In addition to his field research on the cycads of Mexico, he leads botanical and ornithological ecotours throughout the Mexico with focus on the southern states of Oaxaca and Chiapas.  Currently Jeff is co-authoring a book on the cycads of Mexico which is due to be published in 2018.  He is a member of the IUCN’s Cycad Specialist Group which determines the status of endangered cycads worldwide. Jeff has considerable horticultural experience as owner and operator of Aloes-in-Wonderland, a specialty nursery in Santa Barbara where he has lived since 1981.

A past president of the Santa Barbara Horticulture Society and former chair of the Horticultural Society Annual Plant Sale, Jeff has been involved for years within the botanical/horticultural community of Santa Barbara. He has served on several committees at Lotusland and is the chair (and auctioneer) of the Exceptional Plants Auction, Sale, and Plant Party.  Jeff has given numerous presentations on his botanical travels worldwide and teaches the Lotusland docent training course on cycads.

Jeff’s garden and nursery occupies nearly 4.5 acres at his residence in the upper Sycamore Canyon area of Santa Barbara.  Though he lost his home in the Tea Fire in 2008, the drought-tolerant garden he planted years ago, consisting chiefly of cycads, aloes, cactus, and agaves, made a remarkable comeback.

In March of 2013, Jeff organized an Aloe Summit which took place in Santa Barbara.  A weekend-long event, the Aloe Summit featured a day of presentations at Lotusland, a day of garden tours, a plant sale and auction, and several wonderful dinners, parties, and social gatherings.  Similarly, Jeff organized a Cycad Summit the following year.  A Bromeliad Summit is scheduled for 2018.

Jeff’s passions include tropical traveling, birding, surfing, skiing, word games, and playing music.

Jeff Chemnick Curriculum Vitae