The museum has a new Pride Of Madeira plant that is about ready to explode into bloom. It may not look like much right now, as the photograph below will attest. But, give it another two or three weeks or so and the plant will be covered with dozens of beautiful purple flowers, as shown in the Wikipedia photo on the left. That should be perfect timing for the museum's Easter Bunny Express event on March 30.
Like many of the trees and shrubs around the museum grounds, this Pride of Madeira is a volunteer — we didn't plant it there. Instead, it sprouted naturally from the seeds of other, earlier Pride of Madeira bushes growing nearby. However it ended up in that particular spot, the positioning couldn't be any better for the enjoyment of passengers on the Goleta Short Line miniature train ride: It's strategically located directly adjacent to the track crossover known as “Hope.” That means that every train will go right past those gorgeous blooms not once but twice on each and every trip!
You can learn more about all of the trees and shrubs that grow around the museum grounds by visiting this page on the museum's website.