Campaign Progress

May 30, 2023

We have focused our attention on raising funds for capital improvements, with an eye towards completing work on several priority restoration projects. With recent commitments, we are thrilled to announce that we have now raised over $5 million for the capital portion of the campaign!

Lotusland Forever rang in the 2023 New Year with two very significant gifts that we want to share with you.

The Manitou Fund at the direction of Nora McNeely Hurley will be naming our beloved Abalone Pond & Fountain, as well as the Triton Fountain. Restoration to the Aloe Garden, plantings, pathways, and infrastructure including much needed repairs the

Abalone Pond, are slated for 2024. The Triton Fountain falls under our restoration of the decorative arts and artifacts and will be completed as part of our campaign related non-living collections preservation plan.

We are also deeply grateful to the extended Jackson Family and the Ann Jackson Family Foundation for their generous campaign pledge to name the George Washington Smith Pavilion.

The Gavit/Jackson Families have a long and storied connection to Lotusland and built the Pavilion in 1925. We are so pleased that their family legacy will continue help the Garden’s historic buildings thrive.

Lotusland Forever Raised to Date

*Gifts committed or received after 01/01/21


*Deferred gifts are based upon current pledges and formalized estate plans. As these gifts will not be realized until after the donor’s lifetime, the final amount bequeathed may be subject to change.

Capital Improvements Completed and Underway

If you have visited the garden recently you probably noticed the improvements to the Visitors Center patio and that work is underway to restore and protect the Pavilion Patio courtyard between the Main House and the Pavilion.

Pavilion Patio Restoration

With the generous lead gift from Roger and Julie Davis, this January we began work to restore the iconic Pavilion Patio. The goals of the project were to install waterproofing and French drains, and to make the Pavilion complex wheelchair accessible for the first time. Restoration will also include repairing the Moorish inspired fountains and runnels. We anticipate the project will be completed in June 2023 and we look forward to hosting many future meetings, events, and exhibits in this signature Lotusland space.

Visitors Center Improvements

This winter we installed an eco-friendly refillable water fountain and more shade at the Visitor Center. This work has been generously funded by Connie Flowers Pearcy and The Alice Tweed Tuohy Foundation. We have begun fundraising to create a new patio area adjacent to the main tour gathering area for school children and group tours to assemble before their tour.


Ganna Walska Lotusland | 695 Ashley Road | Santa Barbara, CA 93108
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