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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

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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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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November 2016

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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February 2017

Sheats Goldstein Residence Tour

February 10, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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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May 2017

Cacti and Cocktails

May 6, 2017 @ 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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Members’ Family Day 2017-SOLD OUT

May 20, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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

Lotusland Celebrates: Avant Garden

July 29, 2017 @ 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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November 2017

Spirit of Lotusland

November 3, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

A Cocktail Competition Inspired by the Garden! Saturday, November 3 • 3:00 to 5:00 PM The six gardens chosen for this speakeasy style walking tour will house each of the barkeeps and their cultivated creations. Enjoy a spirited stroll through the garden and then join us on the Main Lawn for live music and a nosh as our celebrity judges announce the true Spirit of Lotusland! Tickets and Sponsorships for this event are available. Cheers! Early-Bird Pricing before October 1, 2018.…

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Last Day of Public Tours for 2017

November 15, 2017

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. Unfortunately, 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 2018.

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March 2018

Building a Botanical Nirvana: The Lotusland Story

March 9, 2018

Building a Botanical Nirvana: The Lotusland Story To begin Lotusland’s 25th season, we kick off a year-long celebration with our main exhibit, Building a Botanical Nirvana: The Story of Lotusland. On display in the Pavillion, visitors are able to view the fascinating history of Lotusland and learn about all those who contributed to making the garden what it is today. The exhibit will run through May 19. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 805.969.9990.

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May 2018

Mother’s Day Tea and Tour-SOLD OUT

May 12, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

The perfect treat for someone special in your life! This event is sold out and has a waiting list. 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 $85 for members, $95 for nonmembers and $45 for children ages 3–12. Advance reservations are required and may be made by calling…

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June 2018

Intersections: Creativity & Spirituality

June 5, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

wall space is excited to host a panel discussion at Lotusland exploring the connection we share between creativity and spirituality. Manjari Sharma will be joined by the Asia Society Houston's Bridget Bray and a Pico Iyer, an essayist and novelist known for his travel writings and his works tracing the idea of cross-cultural perspectives. The panel will be moderated by Santa Barbara Independent arts writer Charles Donelan. This conversation will start with the intersection of how we use our own…

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July 2018

Lotusland Celebrates: Gems of the Garden

July 28, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Lotusland's signature event, Lotusland Celebrates, is our annual fundraising gala and the hottest ticket of the Summer. The event is sold-out. See Below for wait-list information. This year’s Lotusland Celebrates gala will be beyond your wildest imagination! Our 2018 celebration, Lotus Rising - Gems of the Garden on Saturday, July 28 from 3:30 until 8:00 in the evening will be an elegant garden sojourn honoring Lotusland’s 25th Anniversary as a public garden, celebrating our community’s resilience, and sharing the rich…

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September 2018

Building a Botanical Nirvana: The Story of Lotusland

September 5, 2018 - November 15, 2018

  Building a Botanical Nirvana: The Story of Lotusland. On display in the Pavilion, visitors are able to view a fascinating chronology of the development of Lotusland juxtaposed to the life of Ganna Walska. Historic garden milestones that have helped define the garden are highlighted. The exhibit is part of the regular tour and will run through November 15. For information and reservations call 805.969.9990. View the video for a quick glimpse of the exhibit.

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February 2019

Lotusland Reopens

February 16, 2019

Garden reopens for public tours after our winter recess. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to Lotusland with the magic of the low winter light and the blooms of the season that are especially spectacular in the Aloe Garden and the cones in the cycad garden. Tours are at 10 AM and 1:30 PM. Make a reservation by calling 805.969.9990.

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