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July 2014

LotusFest! 2014

July 12 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

LotusFest is a celebration of the spectacular flower that is Lotusland’s namesake.  July is peak blooming season, and guests will have the opportunity to view these uniquely beautiful flowers while enjoying a relaxing afternoon at this casual, fun event. Enjoy wine tasting from Santa Barbara County’s premier vintners, delectable hors d’oeuvres, live music, lotus viewing and more! Lotus flowers open during the day and close at night. Prime viewing time during LotusFest will be until 3:00 or 4:00 PM, depending…

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June 2014

Summer Bounty: A Lotusland Food & Wine Fête

June 21 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

An Exclusive Opportunity for Lotus Keeper level Members     Celebrate the beautiful evening light of the summer solstice with an intimate dinner served on Lotusland’s Main Lawn. Chef Ron True of Arlington Tavern will be preparing a special menu for this farm-style feast, featuring locally sourced ingredients, especially from Lotusland’s organic orchard, with expert wine pairings by Sommelier Dane Campbell, Wine Education Manager at  Zaca Mesa Winery.

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The Lotus Society: Annual Recognition Luncheon – SAVE THE DATE

June 8 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm

A special opportunity exclusively for members of The Lotus Society to tour a private home and garden. Members of The Lotus Society have been mailed invitations.

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Summer Twilight Tour

June 7 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

View the garden in the magical light of late afternoon with blooms and colors that are unique to the season. This popular event invites guests to enjoy the long days of summer. Non-members reserve a docent-guided tour while members and their guests have the option of exploring the garden on their own. Wine and light hors d’oeuvres are served from 4:30 PM to 5:15 PM on the geranium terrace overlooking the main lawn. Admission is $65 for members and $75…

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May 2014

Members’ Family Day 2014

May 31 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Members’ Family Day: We Live in a Desert, Let’s Be Water Wise! A special benefit of Lotusland membership This fun day includes garden exploration, souvenir photos, face painting, music, games, crafts, and more!  Members may bring a picnic lunch.  Complimentary drinks and ice cream will be provided. Look in your Spring 2014 Newsletter for Members for the details and a reservation form.

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Mother’s Day Tea and Tour – SOLD OUT

May 10 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

The perfect treat for someone special in your life! One of our most popular events is celebrating Mother’s Day—the Saturday before Mother’s Day— by touring the garden, enjoying tea and refreshments on our pavilion patio. The tours are docent-led or members may explore the garden on their own. This is the perfect treat for someone special in your life! Tickets are $75 for members, $85 for nonmembers and $30 for children ages 3–12. Advance reservations are required and may be made by calling 805.969.9990.   This event is now full.

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Behind the Scenes Tour with Virginia Hayes

May 3 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Take a stroll with Curator Virginia Hayes and visit some behind-the-scenes locations not included on a regular tour including the wellhead and pump house, the nursery and propagation areas, and our acclaimed composting and compost tea brewing operation.   The tour will stop at the Main House mid-way for light refreshments. Members only. There is no fee for Lotus Keeper level members; Admission for General level members and their guests is $45 per person. Reservations are required and may be made…

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April 2014

The Lotus Society: Behind the Scenes Tour of Enemy of the Average

April 4 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

A special opportunity exclusively for members of The Lotus Society to tour the exhibition Ganna Walska: Enemy of the Average and hear the stories behind this incredible collection of memorabilia and personal belongings. Members of The Lotus Society have received invitations.

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March 2014

Ganna Walska: Enemy of the Average

March 1 - May 17

Lotusland proudly presents “Enemy of the Average”, a multi-media installation showcasing Madame Walska’s unique persona and the results of her indefatigable drive and tenacious nature. This extraordinary exhibition opens Saturday, March 1. Archival photographs, film footage, recordings and personal belongings will be on display in the Lotusland Pavilion gallery, providing an opportunity to learn more about the accomplishments of this remarkable diva who has captivated the world.

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February 2014

First Day of 2014 Public Tours

February 19

The Garden reopens for public tours after our annual winter recess.   As always, reservations are required to visit the garden. Contact Visitor Services at 805-969-9990 for reservations or for more information.

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