THE GARDEN AND OUR COMMUNITY
Lotusland is a place where plants and people thrive. However, because of restrictions imposed by the County of Santa Barbara, Lotusland may only host 20,000 visitors a year, including schoolchildren who come to learn about life sciences, connect with nature and understand the importance of plants, birds, and insects to our environment. The Garden has robust volunteer training and education programs that are enjoyed by garden enthusiasts from around the world.
The Lotusland Forever campaign will provide funding for a number of improvements that directly impact the environment and those who care for and visit the Garden, including improvements to buildings, garden accessibility, sustainability initiatives, and guest amenities. These improvements will not only fortify one of Santa Barbara’s great cultural treasures, but strengthen our community as a whole by preserving one of the most visited and beloved attractions in the area.
Created in 1882 and opened to the public in 1993, Lotusland now must be secured for the next 100 years. Investments in Lotusland are crucial to sustain the garden for future generations of students, garden lovers, conservationists and visitors to enjoy.
The role Lotusland fills as a restorative outdoor community resource has enhanced the need for its future planning. The organization is developing a master plan to guide the
I hopefully dreamt that I might fulfill my work to develop Lotusland to its maximum capacity into the most outstanding center of horticultural significance and of educational use.— Madame Ganna Walska, Last Will & Testament