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January 2014

Reception for Prospective Docents

January 13, 2014 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Lotusland plans a coffee reception for prospective docents at 9:30 AM on Monday, January 13. Visitors to Lotusland, a 37-acre botanic garden in Montecito, are treated to botanical and historical information about the estate, interpreted by docents who undergo extensive training to prepare them for giving public tours. The coffee reception offers an opportunity to learn more about docent training and to meet some of the very knowledgeable docents who currently lead tours at Lotusland. If you are interested in…

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February 2014

Morning Bird Walk at Lotusland

February 1, 2014 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 pm

Join Lotusland Research Associate Jeff Chemnick and Director Emeritus Steve Timbrook as they lead their annual winter bird walk. The morning tour focuses on seeing as many species as possible. This is a great way for both experienced birders and beginners to seek out avian “tourists” that spend the winter in Santa Barbara. We will have several pairs of binoculars to lend if you don’t have your own. The cost for this exceptional event is $50 for members and $55…

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March 2014

Ganna Walska: Enemy of the Average

March 1, 2014 - May 17, 2014

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. In her autobiography, "Always Room at the Top," Madame Ganna Walska proclaims herself…

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April 2014

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

April 4, 2014 @ 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. For more information about The Lotus Society and the special opportunities for members, please contact Anne Dewey at adewey@lotusland.org or 805-969-3767 x105. Members of the The Lotus Society who wish to RSVP, please contact Felicity at flarmour@lotusland.org or 805-969-3767 x109.…

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May 2014

Behind the Scenes Tour with Virginia Hayes

May 3, 2014 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
$45

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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June 2014

The Lotus Society: Annual Recognition Luncheon – SAVE THE DATE

June 8, 2014 @ 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. For more information about The Lotus Society and the special opportunities for members, please contact Anne Dewey at adewey@lotusland.org or 805-969-3767 x105.  

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Summer Bounty: A Lotusland Food & Wine Fête

June 21, 2014 @ 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.  Ticket price $250. Space is limited. Call Member Services at 805-969-3767 for more…

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July 2014

Lotusland Celebrates 2014: Once Upon a Time . . .

July 27, 2014 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Lotusland Celebrates: Once Upon a Time

Lotusland's signature event, Lotusland Celebrates, is our annual fundraising gala and the hottest ticket of the Summer. For more information please contact Courtney at ctentler@lotusland.org or 805-969-3767 x116. This year’s theme is devoted to the mystery and mischief of fairy tales. You will be bewitched as traditional fables and fairy tales come to life in the enchanted gardens of Lotusland. Your favorite characters will be in attendance; large and small, good and bad, virtuous and wicked. The event will take…

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August 2014

Dawnridge: Spectacular Beverly Hills Design Showcase

August 21, 2014

Exclusive Lotusland Day Trip to Dawnridge. Tour the former home and gardens of DESIGN ICON Tony Duquette on an exclusive Lotusland all-day excursion to Beverly Hills. The Current owners are Duquette’s protegé and business partner for over 30 years, Hutton Wilkinson, and his wife Ruth. They maintain Dawnridge as a tribute to the Duquettes; they purchased the home in order to “save its life.” LA Observed’s, Adrienne Crew, describes Hutton Wilkinson as an “Interior designer, jewelry guru, businessman, socialite, native Angeleno, author,…

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October 2015

Succulent Wreath Workshop – Thursday, Oct. 15 -Sold Out

October 15, 2015 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

The Thursday Wreath Workshop is Sold Out Make your own living wreath. Join us for an informative and fun succulent wreath making session at Lotusland. This workshop, designed for beginners, leads you through the steps needed to build a beautiful living succulent wreath that can be used year-round with minimal care. All necessary materials to construct one 14-inch wreath are included in the workshop fee. This member-only event is limited to 8 adults. Members may bring a guest. Tickets are $75…

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Succulent Wreath Workshop – Friday, Oct. 16- Sold Out

October 16, 2015 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Friday's Workshop is Sold Out Make your own living wreath. Join us for an informative and fun succulent wreath making session at Lotusland. This workshop, designed for beginners, leads you through the steps needed to build a beautiful living succulent wreath that can be used year-round with minimal care. All necessary materials to construct one 14-inch wreath are included in the workshop fee. This member-only event is limited to 8 adults. Members may bring a guest. Tickets are $75 for members…

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February 2016

2016 Annual Meeting

February 8, 2016 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Lotusland Members are invited to attend our 2016 Annual Meeting. Reservations are required. Please contact Patrick Reynolds at 805.969.3767, ext. 109 or by email preynolds@lotusland.org. Reception to follow.  

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March 2016

Celebrating Madame’s Memoir with Opera in the Garden

March 19, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Opera Santa Barbara Performing at Lotusland this Saturday Join us for a celebration of the release of the second edition of this most insightful autobiography by the extraordinary Ganna Walska. The day’s events include a champagne welcome, a musical stroll through the garden provided by Opera Santa Barbara and inspired by Ganna Walska’s passion for opera and musical performance. The sunken drawing room will feature a lively roundtable discussion of Always Room at the Top with numerous experts on Ganna Walska…

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July 2016

Lotusland Celebrates 2016: Gods & Goddesses SOLD OUT!

July 31, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This year’s Lotusland Celebrates: Gods & Goddesses is not to be missed! THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT Gods & Goddesses will take place on Sunday, July 31, from 4 to 8 PM and will be a memorable affair with lively entertainment, delicious hors d’oeuvres, a full bar, wonderful wine, and a sumptuous seated dinner on the Main Lawn. The proceeds from Lotusland Celebrates provide essential funding for Lotusland’s many programs, including an acclaimed Fourth Grade Outreach Program, as well as much-needed financial assistance…

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November 2016

Last Day of Public Tours for 2016

November 12, 2016

Lotusland is glorious in the light of the fall season. Tour the garden with an expert at 10 AM and 1:30 PM, Wednesday thru Saturday. Please call 805.969.9990 for reservations. Lotusland is required to close for 3 months during the winter due to the County of Santa Barbara's Conditional Use Permit. Lotusland reopens February 2017.

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Members’ Holiday in the Garden

November 26, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Enjoy the garden in the glory of autumn with a docent or on a self-guided tour. Afterward, shop exclusive Lotusland gifts and treasures in the Garden Shop! Guests are welcome when accompanied by a member (Lotus Keeper members need not accompany guests). Space is limited. There is a $15 fee per vehicle to cover the cost of valet parking, to allow as many members as possible to enjoy this morning in the garden. RSVP to Visitor Services at 805.969.9990. Guest admissions are: Adults, $45; Children ages 3-18, $20; Children ages 2 and under, free. Friend and Lotus…

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January 2017

Winter Walk

January 21 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Aloes display their spectacular blooms when most plants are dormant during the winter months—and when Lotusland is closed for public tours. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend an afternoon in the garden and enjoy more than 140 species and cultivars of aloes during the winter recess. This is a special privilege reserved for Lotusland members and their guests only. Lotusland’s aloe garden includes Aloe barberae, A. dichotoma, A. plicatilis, and A. ramosissima. Two unusual plants in the garden are…

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February 2017

Sheats Goldstein Residence Tour

February 10 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
$250 - $275

Tour the Sheats Goldstein Residence: A Lautner Masterpiece The Sheats Goldstein residence was built in 1963 by Architect John Lautner, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, who was responsible for many cutting edge and futuristic residences built in the 1960s. Today it is owned by James Goldstein, a multimillionaire NBA superfan, who is also known for his flair for things stylish and fashionable. James bought the residence in the 1970s and hired Lautner to return and make improvements to the…

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Morning Birdwalk at Lotusland

February 11 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Join Lotusland research associate Jeff Chemnick, with bird experts Satie Airamé and Mark Holmgren, as they lead the annual bird walk. The morning tour focuses on seeing as many species as possible. This is a wonderful opportunity for both experienced birders and beginners to discover our feathered friends that spend the winter in Santa Barbara. We have several pairs of binoculars to lend if you don’t have your own. Cost is $50 for members and $55 for members’ guests. For…

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First Day of 2017 Public Tours

February 16

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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May 2017

Cacti and Cocktails

May 6 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The cactus garden is especially lovely in the late afternoon light. Stroll through the garden and experience the magnificent epiphyllum and cactus blooms. Join a docent-led tour or members may explore the garden on their own. Specialty cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Gates open at 2:30. Admission is $65 for members and $80 for nonmembers. Reservations are required and may be made by calling  805.969.9990.        

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Mother’s Day Tea and Tour

May 13 @ 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 $80 for members, $90 for nonmembers and $40 for children ages 3–12. Advance reservations are required and may be made by calling 805.969.9990.

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Members’ Family Day 2017-SOLD OUT

May 20 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Members' Family Day (SOLD-OUT - accepting wait list): 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. Souvenir photos by  Bob DeBris. Face painting by Anji Lawson. Giant mural by Kathy Mills. Look in your Spring 2017 Newsletter for Members for the details and a reservation form or download below. Admission is free for members,…

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June 2017

June Solstice Twilight Tour

June 10 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 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 $70 for members and $80…

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July 2017

LotusFest! 2017

July 15 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Celebrate the Lotus Flower at Lotusland LotusFest is a celebration of the spectacular lotus 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, craft beer, delectable hors d'oeuvres, live music, lotus viewing and more! Lotus flowers open during the day and close at night. LotusFest! is one of…

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Lotusland Celebrates: Avant Garden

July 29 @ 3:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Lotusland’s signature event, Lotusland Celebrates: Avant Garden, our annual fundraising gala, is the hottest ticket of Santa Barbara’s summer social scene and is always a sold-out affair. Space is limited. Join us to celebrate Madame Ganna Walska's avant-garde style and help raise critical financial support to maintain her world-renowned garden. Avant Garden will be an exceptional party featuring iconic Italian fashion house Valentino presenting installations in Lotusland's memorable gardens followed by an elegant seated dinner on the grand lawn.   Experience an elegant garden odyssey with fantastic avant-garde surprises including…

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August 2017

Summer Twilight Tour

August 19 @ 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm

View the garden in the magical light of late summer afternoon with blooms and colors that are unique to the season. This popular event invites guests to enjoy the long days of the season. 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 $70 for members…

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Reception for Prospective Docents

August 28 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Become a Lotusland Docent Share your passion for Lotusland by becoming a docent. Coffee reception for prospective docents Monday, August 28 • 9:30 AM. Docent training begins September 11, 2017. Lotusland will offer a 12-week docent training course providing all the necessary information for conducting a tour of the garden. Instructors are drawn from Lotusland staff, the Santa Barbara community, and other California academic and horticultural institutions. These informative and enjoyable Monday morning sessions last from 9:30 AM to NOON. A reception…

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