Japanese Garden Renovation
In the Fall of 2017, we will begin our comprehensive renovation to rejuvenate and preserve this treasured garden. Restoring Body & Spirit is a metaphor for our goal to improve the physical condition of the Japanese Garden and restore its body and soul while meeting our visitors’ modern needs.
Ganna Walska Lotusland
Madame Ganna Walska, a well-known Polish opera singer and socialite, purchased the estate in 1941 and spent the next 43 years creating Lotusland. The spectacular collections of exotic plants throughout the 37-acre property are a very personal expression of Walska’s penchant for the dramatic, the unexpected, and the whimsical. After her death in 1984, Lotusland became a nonprofit botanical garden and opened to the public in 1993.
Lotusland’s outstanding educational programs serve the Santa Barbara community and its innovative horticultural practices are shared with botanic gardens and garden-lovers around the world.
The UK’s Telegraph recently published a story naming Lotusland as one of the 10 best gardens in the world. Author Christopher Bailes, a Chelsea Flower Show judge and past Royal Horticulture Society Curator at Rosemoore Garden named Lotusland as his number four garden. Read the article here.
Exceptional Plants: Lotusland Auction and Sale is The Ultimate Plant Party. A wonderful afternoon with wine, specialty cocktails, beer and hors d’oeuvres. A spirited live auction highlights the day with rare, special plants going under the gavel. A silent auction and “buy it now” features many interesting plants propagated at Lotusland. More.