Category Timeline Stories

All timeline stories.


Merritt S. Dunlap’s extensive cactus collection, promised to Madame Walska in 1966, is gifted to Lotusland. Plants begin to arrive in stake-sided trucks and semis. Eric Nagelmann, a Santa Barbara native, donates landscape design and consultation services. Three hundred tons…


A five-year plan is devised to remedy Cycad fungal infections and root rot. All infected soil is removed, and a new drainage system is installed. The garden space is expanded and completed in 2003.


A docent program is established, and expanded staff are hired. A Conditional Use Permit to open the garden is granted by Santa Barbara County. The Visitor Center is completed in time for the first scheduled tour on September 15, 1993.…


Madame Ganna Walska is named an Officer of the National Order of Arts and Letters by the French government in recognition of her artistic career and outstanding sponsorship of cultural and musical events through her theatre. William Paylen completes the…